I had fallen into a very negative spiral recently, and it was causing me stress and heartache, and I realized I was being way more negative than I usually was and for some reason began to take things way too personally and react in very negative ways. I didn't like the way I was feeling and recognized that I needed to tackle my negativity, so I did the following: I made a list of all of the students I have been displeased with and who I felt were causing me a lot of stress and why they were on that list. Next to it, I made a list of all of the students who are actually awesome and I love having in my class or who at the very least worked hard in my class and I respected as hard-working students. In most cases the second list was longer than the first (with the exception of one class), but even if it wasn't, I think reminding myself of all of the awesome students reminded me why I was there for and who I promised to protect. Even the students I was not so fond of, after changing my focus away from them and onto the others, I found myself a little better able to forgive them and focus on their strengths or at the very least keep some distance between me and them. Overall, I am way less stressed than I have been in the past few weeks. I don't think I'm all the way there yet though, and my positivity still feels little precarious, but that worked for me. What do you guys do to stay positive and reduce stress during a stressful year?