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After the vids, there's some advice about taking a timeout.....
Taking a “time-out” is a classic, anger management tool (but it can also be applied to any other heightened emotional state). It sounds simple – and it is on an intellectual level – but it can be quite challenging to implement in the heat of the moment.
A time-out basically involves removing yourself from a triggering situation, so you have time to cool off and gain clearer perspective. It is not a means of blowing somebody off during an argument, but is actually a healthy way to manage anger (or another strong emotion) before it gets out of control. Step away from the television....
How do you use a time-out?
A time-out can happen on an informal level, where you essentially just take a break from a charged situation. For example, say you’re reading an upsetting email and you find yourself getting angrier with each word. Instead of quickly reacting and sending off a terse reply, you can take a time-out and return to the email after you’ve calmed down some. A time-out in this situation simply involves a conscious decision to put your attention on something besides the anger provoking issue. For example, you can take a few minutes to do something mindless like play a video game or come to Bacchus for a shot and a Baker + Butcher sammie, and then later return to draft your email.
Here's how you might take a timeout.
1. The first step involves identifying ways that you can take a time-out.
If you’re at home, for example, and you start to get heated, can you go to another room or go outside? Where can you go where you’ll have some time to yourself, to gather your thoughts?
If you’re at work when the anger is triggered, can you go for a walk or go to the break room?
Typically, a time-out is done on a physical level, where you actually go somewhere else, like into another room or outside.
You want to think about benign options ahead of time because when the anger rises, it’s usually harder to think clearly.
2. Second, tell someone you're taking a timeout.
Communicating this ahead of time is a way of being assertive and avoiding any confusion. Let your significant other know that you’re going to use this strategy and that you will re-connect to finish the dialogue once you’ve cooled off. It can be good to agree upon a set time ahead of time, whenever possible. Something like, “I’m getting angrier as we talk and want to avoid a blow-out…so I need to take a time-out. Maybe we can talk again in another hour?”
It will be important to make sure both members are in agreement about the time-out process before actually trying it.
3. Monitor your level of anger
In order to implement a healthy time-out, you will need to increase awareness of your anger level, so that you can catch yourself before you hit the boiling point, where you might say something hurtful or engage in physically violent behavior.
Again, the key is to catch yourself before you engage in destructive, hurtful behavior triggered by feelings of anger. Taking a time-out can help you do just that.
4.) Take the time-out
As mentioned, be explicit about taking a time-out if the triggering situation involves an interaction with another person, like your boyfriend or partner.
During the time-out, try to find ways to calm yourself and let go of whatever triggered the anger.
5.) When you return from the time-out
Stick to your agreement to return at a specified time, if you discussed that with your partner. At that time, if you feel that you’ve calmed down considerably, then go ahead and re-engage in a problem-solving discussion.
Again, keep in mind that when emotions are riding high, communication is usually not that fruitful. So, neither one of you is benefiting by forcing the other to keep hashing things out when in this state.