A timeout in marriage is a way to regroup, cool off, and think about how to move forward. “Take a timeout” is good marriage advice when you’re stuck in the cycle of arguing about the same thing over and over again.
Some important things to think about when you call a timeout are as follows:
1. When to call a timeout
You need to know the right time to call it.
2. When not to call a timeout
You can’t call it if makes the conflict worse.
3. What a timeout is not
A timeout is not a way avoid the issue.
4. What to do during a timeout
The timeout is a way to breathe and think calmly about the situation so you can move forward.
Have you ever used a timeout during arguments with your spouse? How did it work?
Keith Dent is a certified relationship coach and the author of In The Paint – How to Win at the Game of Love. If you like leave a comment, or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having challenges in your relationship and dating life.