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.

Roar of the Crowd

Roar of the crowd

Sometimes children (and adults) find it hard to accept others help, love or support and praise. This exercise is to help them be more accepting to the idea that not everybody is out to harm them and some people want to help them make progress. The exercise also focuses on confidence-building and taking on challenges.

These questions can be used to promote further discussion:

  • What is inner confidence?
  • How can we gain it?
  • How do we know when people have it?
  • Why is it important to have and accept people's support?

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:

Imagine that you are ...

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