We know all about timeouts for little kids, right? Timeout are good for adults too! Take a timeout to step out of your emotional overload. A timeout allows you to hit “pause” on the stress, worry, sadness, or anger that are flooding your system.
We’re never our best selves when we’re flooded with emotions. A timeout gives you room to calm down and separate from your emotions. It helps us come back to the situation feeling more calm and motivation to explore possibilities.
The truth is, adults need timeouts too, sometimes. In my book Be the One to Heal Your Self: A Workbook for People Who Want Results Now, I have an entire chapter set aside to this process! Getting to know yourself and all the different parts of you is hard work and sometimes, it can be too much.
That’s why I consider Chapter 5 the Rescue Chapter. When everything becomes just too much, you need a timeout. This infographic describes the process at a high level.
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…I’m not surprised to see all those hands.
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