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.

Sky Dance with an Eagle

Sky dance with an eagle

This is an exercise for developing inner peace and wellbeing. The following questions can be used to promote discussion:

  • What does ‘peaceful’ mean?
  • Do you have a special place where you feel peaceful?
  • What stops you from feeling peaceful?

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 use your strongest powers of imagination to imagine that you are sat by a stream. The water in the stream flows by quietly. The very slow hushing, slushing, rushing sound that the river is making is like the sound of music.


You listen to the sound and come to realise ...

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