The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions


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Children pay close attention to their parents' moods. When parents feel upset, their kids may become anxious, and when parents wind down, children also get the chance to relax. When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to help your child feel balanced. The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids, written by two child therapists, offers more than fifty activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence, and joy.

You'll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child. Your child will also discover how taking time to do art and creative projects can create a sense of fulfillment and calm. By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you'll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572245822
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2009
Series: Instant Help Series
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 224,215
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lawrence E. Shapiro, PhD, is an internationally known child psychologist and parenting expert in Norwalk, CT. He has written over fifty books for parents, children, and mental health professionals.

Robin K. Sprague, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Bangor, ME. She holds a master's degree from Boston College. For over twenty years, she has worked in the field of human services. Her specialty is helping children successfully transition through difficult life challenges in order to prevent future psychological problems, especially anxiety disorders. A highly creative person herself, Sprague enjoys painting, writing, and laughing out loud.

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Reducing Stress in Your Home 3

Activity 1 Just How Stressed Are You? 5

Activity 2 Finding Ways to Reduce Stress 8

Activity 3 Setting Clear Limits 10

Activity 4 Too Much Technology 12

Activity 5 Creating a Peaceful Home 14

Chapter 2 Don't Let Stress Get You Down 17

Activity 6 What Stress Comes From 19

Activity 7 Be a Stress Detective 23

Activity 8 Where Do You Feel Stress? 25

Activity 9 Having a Healthy Lifestyle 26

Activity 10 Talking About Your Feelings 28

Activity 11 Talking to Yourself 30

Activity 12 The Brainstorming Game 32

Activity 13 Optimist or Pessimist? 35

Activity 14 An Attitude of Gratitude 38

Chapter 3 Correct Breathing: A Key to Relaxation 41

Activity 15 Spell Your Name with Belly Breaths 43

Activity 16 How Great I Am 44

Activity 17 My Favorite Things 45

Activity 18 Breathing Happy Thoughts 47

Chapter 4 Relaxing Through Guided Imagery 49

Activity 19 Whole Body Relaxation 53

Activity 20 A Special Place 55

Activity 21 Inner Helpers 57

Activity 22 The Healing Rainbow 59

Activity 23 Helping Children Go to Sleep 61

Activity 24 Strengthening Self-Esteem 63

Activity 25 Floating Away from Stress 64

Activity 26 Getting Rid of Stomachaches 66

Chapter 5 Mindfulness: A New Way to Deal with Stress 67

Activity 27 Mindful Eating 69

Activity 28 Mindfulness with a Pet 72

Activity 29 Doing Your Chores Mindfully 75

Activity 30 Being Mindful of Nature 77

Chapter 6 Yoga for Kids 79

Activity 31 Breathing 81

Activity 32 Stretching 82

Activity 33 Focus and Balance 83

Activity 34 Calming 84

Chapter 7 Playing to Relax 87

Activity 35 No-More-Boredom Box89

Activity 36 We Can All Get Along 91

Activity 37 My Relaxing Place 92

Activity 38 The Cloud Maze 93

Activity 39 Over and Over Again 95

Activity 40 Play That Lasts a Lifetime 96

Chapter 8 Relaxing Through Art 99

Activity 41 Sock Puppets 101

Activity 42 Sand Garden 102

Activity 43 Super You 103

Activity 44 Feelings Doodle 105

Activity 45 Memory Beads 106

Activity 46 Relaxation Jar 108

Activity 47 Musical String Drawing 110

Chapter 9 Laugh to Relax, Then Laugh Some More 113

Activity 48 Making Fun of Stress 115

Activity 49 Funny Photos 116

Activity 50 Joke Night 118

Activity 51 Crazy Dress Up 120

Activity 52 A Kaboodle of Silly Words 121

Activity 53 Make-a-Face Photo Op 123

Activity 54 The Funny Place 124

Activity 55 Pranks, Please 125

Appendix More Ways to Relax and Reduce Stress 129

Conclusion 131

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