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Grown Up Time Out


By Sarah Wood, BA Psychology, Student Intern


Time outs are usually used for children who throw tantrums in the middle of the grocery store or who say curse words when grandma visits. But, as adults we can benefit from a time out, too.
We don’t put ourselves in time out when we do something bad, but instead when we feel overwhelmed, anxious, or angry. A grown up time out is to help us calm down and re-focus so we can continue on with our day.
The adult world is full of stress and deadlines. It might feel like you are always behind and you’ll never catch up. Carrying that amount of pressure with you every day takes its toll on your physical and mental health.
Time outs are more than just a temporary relief from responsibilities. It can be a short form of meditation. Many studies have shown the benefits of meditation including that it can make us feel happier and calmer.
The rules of a grown up time out are similar to those for a child. No talking, phone and all other electronics are on silent, and it’s for a determined amount of time. Five minutes will usually do the trick to help you re-center yourself.

At the bottom of this post, there is a link to a short Youtube video of a guided imagery that I suggest you listen to for one of your time outs. This will help you feel re-energized, re-focused, and ready to tackle your day.




If you or a loved one are experiencing  any symptoms of depression, contact Heartland Human Services at 217-347-7179