Monday, April 14, 2014

How To Rise Above A Stinky Day Or How Not To Make Snarky Comments To Your Students

Sometimes you have one of those days. Work is stinky. There was a thunderstorm so your over-anxious pup tore up the carpet and the house is a mess. It is oh-so-tempting to gorge yourself on the off brand of Ruffles and sour cream and onion dip, and wallow in self pity (or is this just me?). But really it doesn't make you feel better. You sit stewing about work, thinking about what snarky comment you could have made to an overly hormonal student who was a big meanie head to you (if you don't teach or have middle schoolers you have no idea what I am talking about), your carpet is still torn up, and now you have eaten your weight in sour cream and onion dip.

Here are six things you can do instead of stewing about the stink.

1. Get Into The Word. That should be my number one thing always, but if I am honest it isn't. I would be a lot less easily grump"a"fied if I instead put God's truths in my brain rather than negativity.

2. Watch Mannequin (I think one of the most underrated 80's cinematic masterpieces). I dare you to be grumpy after watching it.

3. Do something to help someone else. I love Kara's Love It Forward series!

4. Put an outfit that makes you pretty and slap on some makeup. It may seem superficial, but.... This advice was given to me after my first big break up. Think, "snotty nose, can't get out of bed, pints of Ben and Jerry's chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, the world is a vampire and no one will ever love me again" breakup. Oh, things you would tell your 20 year old self if you could. It worked. I felt better, I looked better, and my nose was only slightly runny.

5. Start an inspiration book. While Pinterest is great for quotes, there is something to be said for actually writing things down. When I see a quote I like or someone says something nice, I write it down. When I am feeling down, I look at it. It's easy to believe negativity. It's hard to believe the positive (why is that?) but if you have a whole book full of positive it's hard to forget. When I was having one particularly rough day, I was in Ohio, mid winter. I sat down and started to write out a list of 1,000 things that made me happy, and just started listing them off. From frozen yogurt to Anthropologie, I just kept listing, and I still add to it. I am not quite at 1,000 but it reminds me of all I have to be thankful for!

6. Go Outside. Seriously. Well, not if it's still snowing or its thunder storming or tornadoes, but sit out on your lawn, or go to a park, or go for a run. Get those endorphins pumping. Remember what the great Elle Woods said "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy."

What are some things you do to keep positive?


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