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 Happy Forest

The happy forest

This is an exercise based on generating warmth and goodwill towards ourselves.

The following is a short story, which is intended for discussion.

David Adams felt that he couldn't do anything right. To his mind he was no good at anything. He liked nothing about himself and found it almost impossible to praise himself for anything that he did. He gave himself no positive attention whatsoever and found it hard to get it from those around him because he reacted negatively to others. He didn't think that he had any nice qualities at all. Gradually, he started to gain the attention of a group of older, more experienced boys. These boys began to influence him. David thought they liked him. However the ...

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