Put Your Worries Here
About the Book
Recommended by clinicians!
In this first-of-its-kind guided journal for teens, licensed clinical social worker and author of The Anxiety Workbook for Teens, Lisa Schab offers a creative space to help you work through worry and anxiety using fun, engaging, and action-oriented prompts.
Is anxiety is interfering with your life? If you’re like most teens, there are probably times you feel anxious about friends and relationships, grades, peer pressure, fitting in, family stresses, or the future. Now there’s a go-to guide to help you relieve anxious thoughts and physical tension in the moment.
In this unique journal, you’ll find a safe space to explore and strengthen your power over anxiety. You'll also find 100 innovative prompts that give you the chance to release your worries and tension through writing, drawing, laughter, physical movement, self-soothing techniques, and more.
This journal is a space for you, to let go of anxiety, make your own rules, and find new ways to help yourself feel better. Your only real guideline is to write for yourself. Why not give it a try?
A special note for clinicians and other professionals: Journaling exercises are a proven-effective adjunct to talk therapy—helping teens bypass defenses, explore feelings in a non-threatening manner, and develop trust in their own coping skills. This journal marks the first addition to the Instant Help Guided Journals for Teens series, which offer evidence-based therapeutic tools in a format that appeals to teens.
Books by Lisa M. Schab
“Lisa Schab has a talent for connecting with teenagers, and has proven her expertise yet again. This creative journal is stocked with prompts for teens to identify their anxious thoughts, challenge their unhelpful thinking patterns, and learn new skills for managing anxiety symptoms. While the subtitle suggests this journal is for teens only, I am proof that you can be a thirty-six-year-old adult and find this creative journal both enjoyable and helpful!”
—Megan Sayre, LCSW, adolescent psychotherapist in private practice, certified eating disorder specialist, and gender therapist
“In Put Your Worries Here, Lisa Schab helps teens tap into their senses with art, poetry, music, and writing to creatively develop a personalized set of anxiety-management skills. Founded in solid principles of psychotherapy practice, Schab has artfully created a space for teens to use journal prompts that guide them toward self-regulation. Even better, each teen will ‘own it’ as they actively participate in making this a book of their best ideas for calming the mind, the body, and behavior of anxiety. Put your worries about getting a good journal for teens right here.”
—Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, anxiety coach for professionals, international trainer, and author of The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and Tough to Treat Anxiety
“This book offers valuable, fun, creative, and simple activities that will help teens come into the present moment and retrain their anxious minds.”
—Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, best-selling author of The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens and The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens
“An engaging workbook from start to finish. Readers are encouraged to doodle, write, and reflect in response to the various friendly prompts. Put Your Worries Here is the book for anyone suffering from anxiety, and it promotes healthy messages of happiness and peace.”
—Jessica Burkhart, editor of Life Inside My Mind
“To change a behavior, you must have the will and the skill. Through a self-guided journey, Lisa Schab’s Put Your Worries Here is an empowering tool that gives teens the skills to overcome anxiety. Rather than the ‘experts’ telling you what you should feel, each page helps you discard anxiety and lets you know that you are in control of your feelings. This book is a first step in getting control of your life.”
—Tom Worthen, PhD, editor of Broken Hearts Healing, and adjunct professor at Utah State University
“Put Your Worries Here makes the perfect gift for anxious, stressed-out teens. It gently guides teens towards a myriad of anxiety-reduction strategies using lighthearted prompts that teens can change to suit their own needs. This journal is an inspired way to motivate anxious teens towards positive change!”
—Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD, speaker and consultant on managing anxiety in children and teens, and author of Helping Your Anxious Teen
“I wished I’d had this journal when I was navigating adolescence. Filled with practical activities that speak to the modern teenager, it allows a personalized safe space to create a sense of peace. Imagine allowing your anxiety to escape through the holes in your jeans, or creating your own peace tattoo. Any teen living in the world today could utilize this book whether or not they have anxiety, and I will be recommending it to my patients.”
—Lisa K. Diamond, DNP, FNP-C, assistant professor of graduate nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, family nurse practitioner, and workshop developer of Journaling for Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
“Practical, effective, and most of all, FUN, Put Your Worries Here will offer you dozens of ways to manage your anxiety through your greatest strength—your own creativity.”
—Christopher Willard, PsyD, faculty at Harvard Medical School, author of Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety and Growing Up Mindful, and coeditor of Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens
“Put Your Worries Here is an empowering, engaging, and wonderfully user-friendly journal designed to help teens struggling with anxiety to identify triggers which cause stress and discomfort, to learn effective self-soothing and coping skills, and to redirect energy toward building healthy self-esteem.”
—Joan Merlo, LCSW, psychotherapist in private practice with children, teens, and adults in Highland Park, IL; and staff therapist at Family Service of Glencoe in Glencoe, IL
“This creative journal encourages teens to explore their anxiety and identify strategies for coping with stress. Using creative writing and drawing exercises, readers can challenge the thinking and imagery that contribute to their anxiety. The creative exercises in this book are both engaging and unlike those that I have seen in other books on this topic. Yet, they are informed by standard, evidence-based treatments that are often used to help teens move from a state of anxiety to one of relaxation and calm. This book is ideal for the teen who is looking for a more creative approach to deal with anxiety and worry.”
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Ryerson University; author, coauthor, and editor of numerous titles, including The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook, The Anti-Anxiety Workbook, Oxford Handbook of Anxiety & Related Disorders, and more
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