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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.

The Giant Within
The giant within

This is a visualisation for making the inner self bigger. The following paragraph is intended for the purposes of generating discussion.

Sometimes people who aren't confident or who don't feel good about themselves on the inside refer to themselves as feeling ‘small’. If on the inside you were to rate yourself, in terms of size, how would you see yourself? Do you see yourself as big as a giant, tiny as a mouse or just a normal size?

You can explore the issue further with these additional questions:

  • What happens when we feel small inside?
  • How do we carry ourselves?
  • Does feeling small inside have any influence on our actions or behaviour?
  • What happens when we feel large inside?
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