I hope I don't offend anyone by what I am going to say, but for me, the MOST EFFECTIVE thing that has actually worked well this school year is taking a 30 second prayer/gratitude/serenity break several times a day to reduce the stresses. My job is somewhat stressful - middle school special ed teacher of students primarily on the autism spectrum AND who are mostly all residents of a facility that is sort of a last resort for families who can no longer deal with the violence and aggressions of their kids and/or who have had the children removed from the home due to abuse or neglect. I started by scheduling 30 second breaks throughout my day and then added the extra ones whenever I found myself ready to blow. During those 30 second breaks, I say a silent prayer, express some gratitude for something in my life, and then ask for help to remain compassionate.
I was super skeptical at first but for the most part, it is working. Unfortunately, I have recently found myself slipping and forgetting the scheduled and sometimes failing to recognize the need for one of the unscheduled breaks - and my world has gotten chaotic. I am committed to going back to doing this again starting tomorrow at school - it REALLY REALLY HELPED before, I need to REMEMBER that ESPECIALLY in stressful times - like the past few weeks - I NEED to remember that it WORKS.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
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