10 December 2013

Putting Yourself In A Time Out

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

Just because I’m an adult, doesn’t mean I act like it all of the time.

I have my moments of being pissed off, frustrated, emotional or just in a shitty mood. And I’ve found an effective way to deal with it.

A time out.

Oh yes, they’re not just for children anymore.

I didn’t receive many time outs (or any?) as a child, but I am a HUGE fan of them when I get in a “mood” as an adult.

This means I just take a break from everything going on around me and have quiet time to think and get my attitude adjusted stat.

For example, Saturday, I was in the shittiest mood, OMG. I was pissy, wanting to fight, frustrated and just like, fed up with everything. And I knew I was being a total bitchy brat and wanted to just like, vent. A few friends got my ranting text messages about how pissed I was, and they were supportive, but ultimately that didn’t help my mood and I knew, I need to put myself in a time out.

So I went to a donut shop in Chicago, Glazed and Infused (it’s amazing), and got TWO donuts and a large coffee. And then I sat there and thought about why I was pissed, and then read my Kindle for 45 minutes in quiet and just turned off my brain and relaxed. And it felt amazing. I was in a much more calm mood after and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

But a time out doesn’t always have to mean sweets. Sometimes, I just lock myself in a room at the office and get stuff done, or I go home and just turn off all social media, phones, etc. and just relax and watch TV or listen to music. It’s just at time to turn off your brain and just chill the fuck out.

I’m a huge fan and support others doing this too. You can laugh, but it works!


  1. Paula says:

    I need to take this advice every so often. Good idea.

  2. Have I told you recently that you’re awesome? Because you freaking are… and I do the same exact thing. There’s something comforting in breaking the cycle and going somewhere you wouldn’t normally go when you’re spitting mad and just taking the time to chill out. Works well for me, and it makes me smile knowing it works for you, too.

  3. Aileen says:

    I should put myself in time outs more often. It would make life far more pleasant for everyone around me!!

  4. Lacey Bean says:

    That is such a good idea. I do it a lot with work. I’ll immediately want to snap back about something, or write off a snarky response of an email, but I make myself walk away, or even write out the email, wait, and then read it again to make sure I don’t come across like a total asshole.

    Personal life too. I’ll feel myself getting riled up at Dave and I’ll just go into another room to calm down before I say something stupid.

    <3 ya!