So today I'm linking up with The Frenzied SLPs page to discuss what get's us through the tough times of work! I have a few tricks I use when times get tough to get me through the bad days and here they are (not in any particular order):
1. CHOCOLATE!: Yes, yes, I know you are saying "Duh!" but seriously, always have some types of sweets on hand for the stressful moments! Take five and have a bite. Let those endorphines release inside your brain to help take away some of that stress!
2. 5 mins of darkness: I have done this several times when I feel a stress migraine coming on. I just close my laptop, turn off my light and shut my office door. When it was really bad I used to lay on the floor b/c it's cooler on the floor and helps with the dizziness that accompanies my migraines. If the door was shut, most people knew not to disturb!
3. Christmas Music: WHAT? I know this sounds crazy, but Christmas carols just put me in a good mood. I've always LOVED the season and when all else failed, I'd pop in a trusty Christmas CD (that I keep on hand all year long for such occassions!), and play it loud enough just for me to enjoy! It's reminds me of the time of year when people are generous, happy, understanding and compassionate to others. I love it! Christmas music not your thing? I understand. Pick whatever CD or type of music you'd like. Just remember to keep it on hand for these moments because sometimes a GREAT day turns badly very quickly when you have a terrible IEP or staff meeting!
4. Pep talk: The last think I recommend doing is giving yourself a pep talk. Keep nice parent notes or teacher emails handy and when you feel the world is pushing you down, read these things. Remember your toughest cases and how well they succeeded. Remember why you are in this profession in the first place. And always tell yourself, "you'll never have this day again". How great does that feel to remember that you'll never have to go through the pain and stress of this day again? Or remember that this day isn't over and you can still do something to make it great! Either way it's a win-win.
Good luck. I know the end of the school year is crunch time! Just take a breath, grab some chocolate, hum a little bit of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (or your musical choice) and I'll see ya' on the other side!