Dizzy’s simple tips for stressful situations

Last week was our first week in our new teaching job and also our first time experiencing discrimination and harassment at work, or anywhere! I have gone into stress overload with it. :/ To help Dizzy and her friends have come up with some ways of helping to manage stress (and are planning an outing to go and nibble through all the text books at school in some sort of donkey rampage… 🙂 )

Dizzy’s 7 simple ways to help manage stressful situations:

  1. Mindfulness – Dizzy’s been using incense sticks to focus on. She also likes the smell of these ‘Fairy Dreams’ ones. 🙂

dizzythedonkey mindful

2. Take 5 – Me and Dizzy take a nap. 🙂


3. Exercise – Dizzy and her friends were taking their exercise very seriously this morning. They started of with research! …but that’s all they seemed to do…I didn’t actually see any exercising going on after the research….

dizzythedonkey exercise

4. Relax – Me and Dizzy recently bought a wheat bag which we really love and helps to make us feel calmer about things. 🙂

dizzythedonkey relax

5. Accepting things you can’t change – Dizzy’s having to accept today that there’s no more ginger biscuits (because she’s eaten them all) and we can’t get anymore till tomorrow now.

dizzythedonkey life

6. Laughter – They love this one! 🙂

dizzythedonkey laugh

7. Talking – I think talking always helps. Dizzy and her friends always seem to feel better after a little natter.

dizzythedonkey talking

These are the one’s Dizzy has come up with and I think they’re pretty good! We’d also love to know what works best for you in stressful situations so Dizzy can add them to her list. 🙂 xxx


62 thoughts on “Dizzy’s simple tips for stressful situations

  1. tresswann says:

    Oh my. Unfortunately, I have almost always dealt with discrimination and harassment, even before this – woman, interfaith, interracial. I am one of the first women at an all boys uni, was the only woman in management at a menswear firm and then have worked in IT. I have a very thick skin. That being said, one of the reasons I am not working where I had been for over a decade was that new management took away my reasonable accomodation. My attorney told them it was the only time she had seen that done. Now, in addition to all the above, I have to add ageism. Of course, most of my able bodied friends are facing the same.
    Chocolate, bubble bath, trashy novel and laughs ease the pain. The older I get the more outspoken too “Gee, I wish I could work from home Fridays like you do.” “It’s a deal. You walk like me and I walk like you and I’ll be in on Fridays.” “oh” End of coversation.
    Be stronger than you already are.

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      That must have been really hard but they sound like amazing achievements. You should be really proud of them! 🙂 Even if they did unfortunately come with discrimination and harassment. 😦 That’s terrible with your reasonable accommodation. Are they even allowed to do that?
      I think being more outspoken is a good thing. I wish I was. 🙂 Your comment has made me think it will be bubble bath, followed by reading and munching on chocolate night, 🙂
      Thank you so much for your message. 🙂 xxx


  2. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Remind Dizzy that the verbal abuse and upsets say more about the people that say these things than they do about Dizzy. Dizzy has to rise above them for Dizzy is better and greater than this. Oh … and smile. A smile lets people know that they haven’t won. Because they haven’t. Dizzy has.

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Thats where I get mine aswell. I tense round my shoulders and neck to a point where I get constant pain at the top of my neck! The wheat bag does help though. It has scotty dogs on it too so just looking at it makes us feel less stressed. 🙂 xxx


  3. Emma (Not Just Tired) says:

    So sorry you had such a horrible time. So awful you had to deal with that on top of what was already going to be a tough week for you ☹️ Hope you get things sorted. What a lovely post to have written despite everything you must have been through. It really made me smile – and chuckle over the ginger biscuits and exercise! Stay strong xxx

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Thank you, me too. I’ve got advice now so feeling abit more stable now I know my position and options available to me. Hopefully it will all be resolved soon. Dizzy has her ginger biscuits again so she’s been happily munching away today! 🙂 xxx


  4. craftschronicillnessandadulting says:

    Excellent post! Keeping things in perspective vs being lost in the moment is a challenging task, but who better up for it than a chronic illness warrior. I ask myself if it’ll matter in a year or even next month, if not gotta let it roll off my back. It’s not easy but it’s crucial for our continued health. Stress is one of our worst enemies. I read recently that when you’re dealing with an upsetting comment look at why it’s upsetting you, what can you learn from it…like I learned that person is a meanie-face…and how can change your upset. When we do that we kind of take back our control and learn boundaries for ourselves. Seems great in theory. Wishing you a better week this week!🌸

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      That’s so good to remember. I remember someone saying to think ‘will this matter in 5 years’ and really most things won’t! I keep trying to remind myself of that so thank you. I love meanie-face. 🙂 I may start thinking that when dealing with this situation. 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week. xxx

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Thank you. We have spoken to the union today so feeling abit better now we properly know our options. 🙂 Hopefully it will all sort out soon. Hope you’re ok. We’re still enjoying your book but this has sort of taking over everything so we haven’t been able to read as much as we would have liked yet. xxx

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  5. @infiniteknot says:

    also, at my work i have given nick names to the people who are the hardest to deal with. having those helps me put these people in their place (in my mind) in a way that allows me to keep my job. Also, a short mantra is a good thing. And a talisman that you can take to work with you. Lastly, remember if they cross legal lines you should stick up for yourself.

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  6. Camie says:

    Stress is such a downer! If you’re like me, you keep mulling over the unpleasant events or encounters with rude people. So try not to do that. Dizzy and her friends are so charming! Sending positive thoughts your way with hopes that everything smooths out and you are treated with the respect you deserve. 💛

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    I’m shocked you and Dizzy had to deal with harassment at work! Some people just refuse to acknowledge that others have difficulties.
    Dizzy’s idea are very hood and I totally agree with chocolate and bubble baths. I also watch a comedy movie after a stressful day.
    And being outspoken really does help. I have little cars that read “I see you have my parking space. Would you like my disability, too?”

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      Me and Dizzy have been shocked too! Just not the sort of environment we’ve ever found ourselves working in and we are really trying our best. :/
      I like to watch a comedy film after a stressful day too. Get tucked up into bed early and put one on. I love your little cars!! 🙂 xxx

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  8. micketalbot says:

    ‘Rhyming Wave’

    words, others, my own, to console me
    to console, console, console me
    the solace I seek, to be free
    the pain in my heart, wrong

    to live my life, all restraints gone
    all restraints, restraints, restraints, gone
    now my will to live very strong
    now my life so happy

    words, others, my own, to console me
    now my life so happy
    © Mick E Talbot 2017/66

    Thanks to you and Dizzy for your advice, and the inspiration to write how I sometimes react to stress!
    Take care, best wishes,

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