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PERSONAL SELF-CARE


Time Out

Sometimes it is just important to get away from everything. A timeout can be as brief as five minutes or as long as a weekend away or an extended vacation. Timeouts provide us with opportunities to restore ourselves, to clear our minds, and to re-enter situations with a sense of calm and focus. Recognizing when things get to be too much is an important component of the time out. Furthermore, identifying what needs to be accomplished in a given time out period is also important. Sometimes all that is required is a few minutes to walk around in order to calm down. At other times, a time out can serve as a break that allows us to clarify where we are in our lives and where it is that we want to be heading. It is always used as a break from what is currently going on. Used wisely, it can be a wonderful stress reducer.