If you suffer from claustrophobia, you may have asked yourself whether it’s possible for you to take part in an escape game with your friends and family, or if doing so is simply out of the question. To put your mind at ease, let’s take a look at what exactly claustrophobia is and how it might affect your escape room experience.
What is Claustrophobia?
The simple definition of claustrophobia is: the extreme irrational fear of confined spaces.
You may suffer from the condition if every time you step into a small room, enclosed space, travel underground or get into an elevator – you experience an overwhelming feeling of panic alongside negative thoughts.
Needless to say, feeling claustrophobic is extremely unpleasant and people who suffer from the anxiety disorder will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid the common claustrophobia triggers – including staying well away from escape rooms!
Claustrophobia and Escape Rooms
A common misconception from people who have never played an escape game is that the rooms are incredibly cramped and self-contained in a confined space. Another misconception is that you’re physically trapped and locked inside the room for 60 minutes, or until you successfully escape…
Let’s debunk some of those myths:
1. The rooms are actually surprisingly spacious
Escape rooms often contain multiple rooms, with plenty of space to move around. You’re able to walk freely around the space without bumping into furniture or having to squeeze past your teammates.
2. You’re free to leave whenever you want to
Escape games are played for fun. The doors are ‘locked’ behind you as part of the immersive façade, so players can truly imagine that they’re trapped – without ever actually being trapped. If you feel uncomfortable at any stage, or feel that you’re unable to continue for whatever reason, simply let the game master know and you can exit the game!
3. The game will distract you from your anxieties
A great way to treat claustrophobia is through a fun distraction. You’ll be so immersed in the game and caught up in the excitement that you’ll forget you’re even in a confined space!
Get involved and try it for yourself. We guarantee you’ll be surpirsed at how quickly you forget about your previous worries!