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 Tap

The tap

The following exercise is concerned with turning off negative emotions. It also touches on recognising choice in going with or against an emotion.

This exercise is about encouraging children to appreciate that they can turn off negative feelings that threaten to overwhelm them. This provides them with a visual model in order to help structure self-control. Although the exercise has anger as its focus in this instance, it can be used as a model for controlling other emotions such as anxiety and fear, when the need arises.

  • What happens when we have negative feelings?
  • Can we turn off negative feelings before we allow them to turn into negative action?


The aim of this particular exercise is to help you to try to deal with ...

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