Young people have to cope with stress yet often are given little or no practical help, nor are they taught coping strategies. Using the popular technique of Circle Time, this book provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualisation. These strategies are already established in other walks of life, such as sport, and will build on emotional literacy work as part of the PSHE curriculum. The exercises are also accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and worksheets. This book will be useful for all adults who want to provide young people aged 8 upwards with the tools to assist emotional development.
A Relaxation Exercise
The following is a question you might ask in order to promote discussion:
- How do you relax?
- What are the benefits, if any, to relaxation?
The exercise that follows is one that I use to help children to relax before the visualisation begins. You might like to include some relaxation techniques of your own.
This relaxation technique, as with the visualisation or visualisation exercises, can be carried out either sitting in a chair or sitting on the floor.
You can begin and complete the relaxation exercise by reciting the following words to the children:
I want you make sure that you are sitting comfortably to begin with. Sit upright and erect without straining the body. I want you to imagine that there is a ...