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pausebutton 09-19-2016 01:13 AM

"De-stress" quotes Post-a-thon!
Please share a saying or quote that helps you to keep your stress level down as a teacher.

Here are some of my favorites:

- Asking myself "What would happen if I didn't do this?"

- Saying "That's not my top priority" instead of "I don't have time for that"

Lakeside 09-19-2016 01:25 AM

Mine is:

"I can do anything for a day."

As a sub, it gives me patience with individual students or situations that I'm sure would be harder to muster if I knew I was going to have to keep it up all year.

willika13 09-19-2016 03:50 AM

"What gets measured gets done."

mrsd5 09-19-2016 03:59 AM

Not my circus; not my monkeys.<!--giggle-->

GreyhoundGirl 09-19-2016 04:15 AM

I say, "not my circus, not my monkeys" all the time.

Peaches Pears 09-19-2016 04:53 AM

"I'm doing the best job I can with the time and resources available."

arsabl 09-19-2016 04:54 AM

"Do your best every day."

My best one day will be different the next day due to a variety of factors.

Keltikmom 09-19-2016 04:57 AM

De stress quotes
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the little voice in your head that says "I will try again tomorrow."

Ally 09-19-2016 05:39 AM

Do the best you can, then accept what is...

LOVE not my circus, not my monkeys but sadly is always seems to be my monkeys :p

barfieldmusic 09-19-2016 07:06 AM

Are we having having fun yet?

I don't care what they say I didn't do it. (Although I probably did, but don't tell)

klarabelle 09-19-2016 07:09 AM

"If I got hit by a bus, the work will still get done by someone"

nyteacher29 09-19-2016 08:09 AM

this too
This too shall pass

jazzer 09-19-2016 08:23 AM

What is the worst thing that can happen?

Amy L 09-19-2016 09:13 AM

Do your best, forget the rest~

SweetTchr 09-19-2016 09:49 AM

Wine o'clock
5 hours until a glass of wine
4 hours until a glass of wine
3 hours until a glass of wine
2 hours until a glass of wine....

Travelngal 09-19-2016 09:52 AM

"Not my circus, not my monkeys" also if I don't do this, what's the worst that will happen?

ILoveMyCello 09-19-2016 11:36 AM

"I'm sorry, that won't work for me"
"I'm sorry, what would you like me to do?"

teacher4 09-19-2016 11:38 AM

This too shall pass.

aly7123 09-19-2016 11:51 AM

"Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder." - This was emailed to us the other week by one of our union reps. It came on an especially hard day so I really appreciated it.

broomrider 09-19-2016 12:12 PM

I remind myself
If this is the worst thing that happens, I've got a pretty good life.

I've had reasonable luck with telling admin:
Someone else should have this opportunity. :-)

I also like the way DH sent me off to work: "Enjoy your day."

AX Pendergast 09-19-2016 12:17 PM

Two versions...
...depending on the day.

From Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata:"

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

From the National Lampoon's Parody of same, called "Deteriarata:"


You are a fluke of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not,
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Anonymousey 09-19-2016 12:26 PM

I've been known to look myself in the mirror and say.....

Acknowledge the fact that you'll never please every single customer.

There will always be those who can't function without negativity. Work your best with them and stay positive.

Remember that you have already racked up plenty of success stories.

You are only one person.

Catdog12 09-19-2016 12:34 PM

My DH gave me this one after listening to all I had to do:

"Nothing is impossible for he who doesn't have to do it." meaning admin. would just keep on piling it on so just do what I could do.

jazzer 09-19-2016 12:47 PM

Another one that can apply to any area of life is

It is better to try and fail then to not try and always wonder what could have been.

I added to it, but I think that is A good thing to remember.

DodgersFan 09-19-2016 01:29 PM

Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This helped even when it seemed I had to do all things at the same time! ;)

CricketSpecEd 09-19-2016 01:30 PM

I am practicing saying "No."

opal4 09-19-2016 01:33 PM

Prayer of Saint Francis
...Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...

And so on. It's especially helpful when I feel myself losing patience.

Gifted 09-19-2016 02:24 PM

Will this matter tomorrow?

all41 09-19-2016 02:32 PM

I tend to hum the chorus 'what doesn't kill me makes stronger' or 'I will survive' ....

GdHrtdTchr 09-19-2016 02:39 PM

De-Stressing Statements
As others have shared, "This too shall pass."

I think God understands.

I am blessed.

Someone else's lack of planning should not be my cause for emergency.

It's worth is to me to ___ (spend X or do Y) to ____ (have kids learn, or appease so & so).

I know I'm making a difference.

This is going to make me stronger and...

What doesn't kill me makes me stronger

historyguy88 09-19-2016 02:44 PM

My favorite:

"On to the next"

If I have a bad class or a tough interaction with a student it really helps me.

Mshope 09-19-2016 02:44 PM

I think of that illustration by Mary Engelbreit that says, "I'm in charge here!" I don't know why but it kind of makes me laugh.

Sometimes I also silently repeat, "It's not worth it. Stay calm. Shut your mouth." Ha, the last one is usually during meetings.

Then, "Nod, smile, ignore." If I talk, I always either make myself more work or regret it.

TeacherPK6 09-19-2016 03:02 PM

"Just keep swimming"

Savvy 09-19-2016 03:04 PM

"I can only do so much." Or "forget this!"

Ilvtching 09-19-2016 03:37 PM's been...what are they going to do? Fire me????

pausebutton 09-19-2016 04:08 PM

Tried and true
"Just smile and nod"

texteach55 09-19-2016 04:17 PM

I choose peace over this.

Teddi9192 09-19-2016 04:23 PM

This just cracked me up today
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I might be more tired than I thought

apple annie 09-19-2016 04:35 PM

1. They're only mine for nine months.

2. Let it go... Let it go...

3. "At least I have air conditioning." (This is what I say now all the time since Ive been reading the DOZENS of posts from teachers working in buildings with no a/c, which, IMO is inhuman and totally blows my nind.

rana712 09-19-2016 04:47 PM

From Hamilton:

Talk less, smile more
Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for.

Particularly good when going to meetings with admin's who don't listen to reason! Better than saying something negative.

travelingafar 09-19-2016 04:49 PM

Not my circus, not my monkeys. This helps me stay out of situations that don't involve me at school.

lisa53 09-19-2016 05:12 PM

Worry is like a rocking chair:

It keeps you real busy, but you don't get anywhere.

LovethatMouse 09-19-2016 05:14 PM

I constantly remind myself, "I'm here for the students, not the adults."

Song of Joy 09-19-2016 05:16 PM

Excellence is not the same as perfection.

mooseman 09-19-2016 05:28 PM

I say..
Welcome to my circus, those are my monkeys.
Usually the crazy is mine and I have to own it. (Like now when I should be prepping but am on PT instead).

tctrojan 09-19-2016 05:36 PM

Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Coopsgrammy 09-19-2016 05:59 PM

If all else fails
"Ah, $4!, I'm going to bed." Yes, that is where I am tonight <!--giggle--> Tomorrow is another day.

JulieG04 09-19-2016 06:11 PM

Ha! Good ones!
I always remind myself that the work will be waiting for me later, or tomorrow, or whenever. It's not going anywhere, but maybe I am! <!--giggle-->

sportsmom88 09-19-2016 06:19 PM

What is the worst that can happen?

amiga13 09-19-2016 06:39 PM

It's good enough.

krazykaye 09-19-2016 06:55 PM

Mine are
What will be will be.

Not my circus not my monkeys.

It could always be worse.

You smile and the world smiles with you. You cry, you cry alone. (This keeps me from having pity parties)

maui 09-19-2016 07:00 PM

Just get through each hour at a time!!

eagles23 09-19-2016 07:11 PM

I sing "Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow..." when I am having a bad day. Reminds me tomorrow is a brand new day!

kinderlake 09-19-2016 07:37 PM

Not my circus...then I realize they ARE my monkeys!!LOL. We sing "let it go" a lot this year...andnd my new favorite...What's one more? When o find out I'm getting a new add to my current 28 kinders!!

Teach4 09-20-2016 02:25 AM

Change your attitude, change the day.

It's not always easy to do but I have come to realize that my attitude is the biggest factor in how our day will go.

Renea 09-20-2016 03:42 AM

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Over and over and over again....

Riverside 09-20-2016 04:14 AM

What's meant to be will be.

Everyday is a fresh start.

MrDes 09-20-2016 04:18 AM

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and dog gone it, people like me.

FLTeach73 09-20-2016 12:15 PM

I also say "Not my circus not my monkeys" quite frequently!

GdHrtdTchr 09-20-2016 12:58 PM

Haven't heard "...good enuf" in years.
'Made me laugh.
Thanks for sharing.
I dunno which I miss more:
The old SNLs?
Having the energy to stay up late on a Saturday night?

Crazy3 09-20-2016 03:36 PM

Ha Ha
Mine too. Except they are my circus and my monkeys. Help me now.

mommy9298 09-20-2016 03:50 PM

Let it go and It is what it is.

ferrioni 09-20-2016 03:53 PM

I think:
breathe, breathe :)

TeacherMeg 09-20-2016 03:55 PM

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

mrstchr 09-20-2016 05:11 PM

You've got this!
It is what it is.

Ruby tunes 09-20-2016 05:13 PM

Wise words
Let go, and let God...

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

This, too, shall pass.

Eccj 09-20-2016 05:14 PM

My new one:
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

ElemSped13 09-20-2016 05:20 PM

The two I say the most to remind myself are

It is what it is.
Every day is a new start.

I also love the quote - Be the change you want to see in the world.

CatLove 09-20-2016 05:25 PM

Your lack of organization isn't my emergency! :D

1stTeacherPF 09-20-2016 05:26 PM

This isn't a saying or quote but I post pictures and letters given to me by students and parents that are encouraging to me. I look at them and read them when I feel stressed and like a failure!

GoodTimzRoll 09-20-2016 05:38 PM

My Favorites
My two favorites: Keep calm and pretend that it's on the lesson plan! You can't make a dollar out of seventy-five cents!<!--boy_waving-->

hopealope 09-20-2016 06:20 PM

Always remember
All children have the ability to learn but not in the same way or on the same day:)

bookbadger 09-20-2016 06:37 PM

This too shall pass

LuBelle 09-20-2016 07:56 PM

This too shall pass!
I know several others share that quote with me. I often heard it from an older teacher who I admired so much. Long after she was gone I repeated it to my peers and mentees. It was comforting and TRUE!

Newbielibro 09-20-2016 09:09 PM

I am a good teacher
I remind myself that I do well, and my studentslove me. And I can do anything fir two hours.

binkbonk 09-21-2016 02:50 AM

Not my circus, not my monkeys.<!--girl1-->

Lucinda 09-21-2016 10:27 AM

Keep stress level down
You have to love what you do and do it wholeheartedly. When this stops, the stress begins to build-up.

Zephie 09-21-2016 01:01 PM

Distress quotes
"Water on a duck. Let it roll right off."

"They leave at 3:30."

Mrs. S. 09-21-2016 01:42 PM

"I can only do what I can do. Nothing is more important than the instructional needs of my students."

I have a few things written on index cards on my desk so that I find them often and remind myself to stay focused on the important stuff.

Anonymousey 09-21-2016 01:56 PM

I just want to say that I've been coming back to this post at least twice a day to remind myself of all these awesome sayings!!

And while talking with a colleague about so much more required work that we agree can never be put on one human's plate, today she said "Well then they can fire me. I'm sure they'd find a line of people waiting to take my place. Not!"

calumetteach 09-21-2016 02:37 PM

Mine is very simple
Calm and kind

Simple to remember...not always to implement.

midwestread 09-21-2016 03:26 PM

"That's nice..
..let me know how that works out for you."

apple annie 09-21-2016 05:41 PM

When I'm asked to do something and I need or want to say NO, especially from my students (like extra recess, watch a video, have treats, etc.)

"Sorry, that's on the lesson plan."

GeminiTwin 09-21-2016 06:00 PM

Team Saying
My grade level team has a saying - "Tomorrow is another day."

brooks56 09-22-2016 06:28 AM

I love these quotes already listed. One of my favorites: "You can't get blood out of a turnip"

Summerwillcom 09-22-2016 06:48 AM

I use a lot of the above too :)
1 This is a 1st World problem.
2. Would it matter if tomorrow never came?

3monkeys 09-22-2016 12:10 PM

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Also--the ever popular "Not my circus, not my monkeys." :D

bookgeek59 09-22-2016 02:27 PM

my top 3 lately
Suck it up, Buttercup.

from Tina Fey: B!tche$ get stuff done.

Do all you can, Bookgeek. No more, no less.

happygal 09-22-2016 08:19 PM

In all things do not be anxious - the Bible

That isn't about me... (Don't take anything personally)

This kid needs my support. (Especially the annoying, unlikable, mean, misfit)

I am doing my best right now

Say it with kindness

Enjoy every breath

I'm lucky to be here!

VivianCP 09-23-2016 05:22 PM

On a REALLY bad day, I will stop in my tracks, bow my head, close my eyes & silently pray, "God, give me patience!" The kids usually shape up at that because I don't do it often. Sometimes, for dramatic effect, I do it out loud. That really gets 'em. LOL And it definitely gives me a moment to step back from the edge!

I've also used, "It is what it is." and <!--sing--> Let it go...Let it go...<!--sing-->

But I'm particularly liking, "Not my circus..." these days.

Shell 09-23-2016 08:04 PM

Give it three years and it will change again.

I teach students not curriculum.

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. (I feel like Mary Poppins this year managing the multiple meltdowns in my room.)

It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

They are only five. They are only five.

yellowflowers 09-23-2016 08:56 PM

"Close enough."

"It just doesn't matter."

Lady Teacher 09-24-2016 01:11 PM

my favorite
I need to build a bridge, and then get over it! and This too shall pass.

pausebutton 09-24-2016 03:45 PM

Keep it simple.
Less is more.

vttraveler 09-24-2016 05:54 PM

Only _ more days until _ break!

Thank God for Snow Days! I hope we have some this year. Last year was brutal!

Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

AZteacher74 09-24-2016 06:13 PM

There's always tomorrow.

I refuse to die while doing this job.

luvtulearn 09-29-2016 10:22 PM

And the best is yet to come

Lakeside 10-01-2016 07:05 AM

I'm loving this thread!

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