• Summary
  • Contents

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.

Mirror Mirror on My Wall
Mirror mirror on my wall

During this session you will be using a visualisation exercise that focuses on accepting and loving ourselves for who we are.

The following questions can be used to promote discussion:

  • What does it mean to love yourself?
  • Why is this important?
  • Can we accept ourselves for who we are?
  • How do people who like themselves behave in the world?
  • What is self-esteem?
  • Do you know of any examples of people who have a high self-esteem?
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 a room. It is a room with nicely coloured ...

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