Stress is an Attitude

I found this list somewhere…words to live by.

Get up 15 minutes earlier

Prepare for the morning the night before

Avoid tight fitting clothes

Avoid relying on chemical aids

Set appointments ahead

Don’t rely on your memory … write it down

Practice preventive maintenance

Make duplicate keys

Say “no” more often

Set priorities in your life

Avoid negative people

Use time wisely

Simplify meal times

Always make copies of important papers

Anticipate your needs

Repair anything that doesn’t work properly

Ask for help with the jobs you dislike

Break large tasks into bite size portions

Look at problems as challenges

Look at challenges differently

Unclutter your life


Be prepared for rain

Tickle a baby

Pet a friendly dog/cat

Don’t know all the answers

Look for a silver lining

Say something nice to someone

Teach a kid to fly a kite

Walk in the rain

Schedule play time into every day

Take a bubble bath

Be aware of the decisions you make

Believe in yourself

Stop saying negative things to yourself

Visualize yourself winning

Develop your sense of humor

Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today

Have goals for yourself

Dance a jig

Say “hello” to a stranger

Ask a friend for a hug

Look up at the stars

Practice breathing slowly

Learn to whistle a tune

Read a poem

Listen to a symphony

Watch a ballet

Read a story curled up in bed

Do a brand new thing

Stop a bad habit

Buy yourself a flower

Take time to smell the flowers

Find support from others

Ask someone to be your “vent-partner”

Do it today

Work at being cheerful and optimistic

Put safety first

Do everything in moderation

Pay attention to your appearance

Strive for Excellence NOT perfection

Stretch your limits a little each day

Look at a work of art

Hum a jingle

Maintain your weight

Plant a tree

Feed the birds

Practice grace under pressure

Stand up and stretch

Always have a plan “B”

Learn a new doodle

Memorize a joke

Be responsible for your feelings

Learn to meet your own needs

Become a better listener

Know your limitations and let others know them, too

Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin

Throw a paper airplane

Exercise every day

Learn the words to a new song

Get to work early

Clean out one closet

Play patty cake with a toddler

Go on a picnic

Take a different route to work

Leave work early (with permission)

Put air freshener in your car

Watch a movie and eat popcorn

Write a note to a far away friend

Go to a ball game and scream

Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight

Recognize the importance of unconditional love

Remember that stress is an attitude

Keep a journal

Practice a monster smile

Remember you always have options

Have a support network of people, places and things

Quit trying to fix other people

Get enough sleep

Talk less and listen more

Freely praise other people



Remember your trip form.

Recount your article.

Ode to the Spell Checker

If only to know when the spell checkers are wrong.

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It plainly marques four my revue

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Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh

As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare le a ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

Avoiding Text Anxiety

Some anxiety about taking tests is normal, but when the anxiety affects how you perform on the test, it is time to build your confidence. Review your skills either by yourself or with another person, preferably a counselor at your institution. Learn how to study and manage your time. Organize your material that is to be studied. Be aware of outside influences that affect performance. Learn from your testing mistakes.

When you are ready to take a test, approach it with confidence. Tell yourself you will do well. Prepare yourself by studying. Pick a good place to take the test. Make sure that distractions will not affect you. Give yourself time for the tests. Stay relaxed. Don’t talk with students who are not prepared. Eat something before you go into the test.

As you are taking the test, make sure your read the directions and answer the questions asked. Watch your time. Skip over difficult areas and go back to them. Move around in your chair, but don’t fidget. Don’t worry about other students finishing first. If you go blank on an essay or short answer test, start writing something on another sheet of paper. It may trigger your mind.

While taking the test, stay relaxed. Don’t tense up. Take deep breaths. Expect to be a little anxious, but don’t let it control you. Think positive thoughts and tell yourself that you can take the test.

When you have finished the test, think back over what you did and what did or did not work on the test. Congratulate yourself on a job well done.


Current Events

Begin looking for, and reading any article relating to Canadian politics. Identify the level (Federal, Provincial, Municipal) it pertains to, and write a recount in your own words . We’ll analyze them as they make their way into class.

Happy hunting.