Teacher Tip Linky and TpT Sale

Hi friends!  I'm joining up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring some tips to help you through to the end of the year!  Who's counting already?!

Basically, I'm saying:  Don't sweat the small stuff!  We are all our own worst enemies!  I know I worry endlessly and over-analyze, knowing full well that all that does is cause stress.  I end up wishing the end of the year away, not enjoying my kiddos and start the holidays totally exhausted.  This year, I am going to try my very best to pace it all out and not wish it away.  My advice to you is to take care of yourself first and everything else will take care of itself.    During school time, try to get out of the building at lunchtime and go for a walk if you can - keep moving and get out in the fresh air as much as you can.  Keep the positive feeling going by treating your work colleagues.  Maybe once a week, take a treat into the staffroom - you'll get warm glow from making people smile and it might encourage others to join in too!  It's those little things that make the difference and help keep you in a positive frame of mind.

Outside of school, try to make time for yourself and family at the weekends.  Make a point of doing what you need to do for school first, then you know the rest of the weekend is yours to enjoy.  If you leave it until Sunday evening, you have that constant voice pecking away in your head telling you - 'you have to do this, you have to do that' - it can spoil your mood and the weekend!  No matter how tired I feel on Fridays, I never leave without at least having Monday planned.  That way, I know I have a day in hand - it stops that 'under-pressure' feeling.

If you can, try to join some kind of class - something you enjoy and have a passion for - preferably with people who are not teachers - lol!  I really enjoy exercise - it makes me feel less tired and refreshed, so I have recently joined a swimming class.  I get to socialise with people who don't talk school stress - it's like a breath of fresh air!

If you have a plan of attack, it will help you enjoy the time with your kiddos right to the very end.  Keep the routine for them too - they need the structure just as much as you do.  Help them reflect on their progress and celebrate the successes.  Remember they will be tired too and you want to keep the classroom environment positive or their behavior and motivation may deteriorate.

Ok, that's my lecture over - just be kind to yourself!

I'm sure most of you are aware by now that TpT is having a huge site-wide sale.  A great way to end February on an exciting note and help you plan through to the end of the year - taking the pressure off!

All of my {store} is on sale, so if you have the time and inclination, stop by and check it out.  Hopefully you will find something to help with your planning.  Below are just some examples of what's on offer (click on the images to check out the products).

This huge seller starter pack includes 12 elements!
You can also check out tips and products from my friends by hopping round the linky below.  
Have fun at the sale!

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