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.

Bow and Arrow

Bow and arrow

This is a visualisation exercise for dispersing of negative feelings.

Use the activity sheet ‘Negative Feelings’ at the end of the session.

Deep relaxation technique is not recommended because this exercise concentrates on raising and bringing to the fore negative emotions.

The following questions touch on the issue of negativity:

  • What do we mean by negative feelings?
  • Is it a good thing to hold onto negative feelings?
  • What is the effect, if any, of holding onto negative feeling?

As an exercise to be carried out beforehand the children can fill out the activity sheet ‘Negative Feelings’ which encourages them to write on the lines of an arrow the feelings they would like to disperse of whatever they may be.

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