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.

Thought Balloons

Thought balloons

This session includes an exercise for learning to let go of troublesome thought.

The following is an analogy comparing thought to balloons in a fairground. It can be used to support the visualisation.

A Fairground Analogy

This particular visualisation is called ‘Thought Balloons’ and is going to be based on thought itself. Have you ever been to a carnival or fair and seen people selling all kinds of balloons filled with gas that makes them float? The balloons come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are some shaped as animals and there are others with faces on them. The balloons are thin, fat, oval and round. They also come in a variety of colours.

Imagine what would happen if the balloon seller was to ...

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