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.

Butterfly Valley

Butterfly valley

This is a visualisation based on building confidence.

The following questions can be used in order to explore this topic:

  • What does confidence mean to you?
  • Can you think of other words for confidence?
  • How would you describe a person who is confident?
  • How would you describe the body language of a confident person?

One of the issues that can be touched upon is that confident people have a sense of self-assurance. They walk with their head held high as though not afraid to face the world or the challenges that face them. They can appear fearless.

Visualisation Exercise

Initiate the relaxation exercise or your own suitable method.

Now you can begin and complete the visualisation exercise by reciting the following words to the children:

I want you ...

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