When I was a kid, there was a PSA on TV from time to time that went something like this: “When you feel yourself getting tense. Stop. Two. Three…. Breath. Two. Three…. Think your way to sense.”
Despite the cheesy phrasing, timeouts are a good thing for adults, teens, and kids alike. They can help us calm down when we’re frustrated. So, the next time you’re feeling angry, take a break, count to five, or walk away from the person you are frustrated with until your anger dissipates.
Check out the All the Rage Podcast Series on Losing Control for more info on the dos and don’ts for dealing with unwanted anger.