I found a great, really simple, almost free tip for relieving stress over at Between Classes. She says to have a picture of something or some pace you really love and put it on the wall in your classroom. It is your own little happy place that can be right there when you need it most. For those of us who don’t have our own classrooms to decorate, she tells the story of a colleague who had a picture of his cat inside his grade book for the same purpose.
Sometimes you need to step back just a moment from what is going on in class. These are great ideas for that, I think.