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.

Row Your Boat

Row your boat

This session uses a visualisation for building inner peace and generating good feeling.

The following questions can be used to promote discussion:

  • What does inner peace mean to you?
  • How can inner peace help you and others in everyday life?

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 to imagine that you are in the boat on the sea. You are lying in the boat gazing up at the sky. The boat is moving gently through the water. As the boat goes through the water you realise it has a rhythm; a gentle rocking rhythm as it is moved by the waves ...

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