Many parents and teachers have used the “time out” method to teach children to think about their behavior. Of course, adults don’t often put themselves in a quiet place to reflect and regroup.
Most people constantly race around, replying to emails, returning phone calls, and running around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to keep up with the Joneses… or the demands of life… or the kids….
Prescriptions for sleep agents, depression medications and anxiety pills have been on the rise since they were invented – today, that rise is at an all-time high.
Certainly, medications are necessary for many. There are neurological disorders and health issues which are helped by professional intervention. But there are also many people who would benefit from simply stopping to take a breath. Taking an adult “time out” helps us keep our cool under pressure, and to wisely pick our battles.
Pausing from our busy schedules to regain focus is almost always a good thing.
Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in remembering the power of a pause.