6 easy steps to keep yourself from lighting the world on fire

I was in a meeting today that upset me, and by “upset me” I mean that I mean that it made me want to hire a rickshaw to run me around the whole world while I sit in the back with a giant blowtorch, setting everything that comes in my path ablaze.

I have noticed that on Bad Meeting Morning days, I tend to be really grouchy with my students.  This is unfair because I believe that no one should see my wrath unless they’ve really earned it.  So, I have created a
routine for myself to transition back to normalcy after I am frustrated, and I would like to share that routine with you now.

1) Cover your eyes and take 15 deep breaths.

This makes me think I’m back in the womb, where it was dark and where actually I had time to take deep breaths.

2) Listen to nature sounds

How can you be mad at anything when you’re hiking* through a rainforest or near a babbling brook?  If you are a teacher, put nature sounds on while your students are doing anything. If you’re not a teacher, just put a pair of noise-cancelling headphones on and tell people you’re sorry, you can’t remove them because you’re having your ears dilated.

3) Look at my Pinterest board for baby animals

If this joyful baby donkey doesn’t make you smile, you should probably gather your things and call it a day.

4) Eat some peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets.

Tip 1: Imagine them as the heads of the people who are annoying you. 

Tip 2: ration yourself so that you don’t accidentally eat half of a family-sized large plastic barrel in one sitting.

5) Think about the adults who are annoying you as merPeople who have been banished to an aquarium at a local restaurant and must perform for their food.

If this is too weird for you, think of them as baby versions of themselves.

6) Smell something nice.

If I was rich I would keep a bottle of lavender essential oil in my desk, but since I am poor I spray some purple Febreze, which is also lovely. Side note: once I saw an episode of a TV show where a woman was addicted to smelling the head of a baby doll. You may do this if it pleases you.

I hope that you remember these things the next time you have a Bad Morning Meeting, or whatever in your life makes you want to go on an international blowtorching rickshaw excursion.



*I almost spelling this “haiking”!  What a day.