The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens
About the Book
Between school, friends, and planning for the future, it’s easy to feel stressed out. Written by a psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and featuring brand new exercises, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, Second Edition shows how mindfulness skills can help you relax, prioritize, and keep calm during stressful times.
Your teenage years are some of the most stressful of your life. With pressure about grades at school, parents who just don’t seem to get it, dating, and friends who drive you crazy, it’s no wonder. But here's the good news! If you learn a few strategies for getting stress under control now, you’ll have the skills you need to deal with problems and difficult feelings that life sends your way—in high school and beyond.
The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a collection of simple workbook activities that will teach you to reduce your worries using a technique called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. You can use mindfulness when you start to feel as though things are spinning out of control, so you can stop worrying about what might happen and focus instead on what’s happening now.
If you’re like many people, you find it easy to look at your negative qualities or feel there is no way to fix your problems or stress. This book is about building on the resources, skills, and positive qualities that you might not even realize you have. It is a way to move from “I'm powerless” thinking to “I can do it!” thinking.
Hundreds of teens in mindfulness-based stress reduction classes have used activities like the ones in this book, and here is what some of them have said:
“I have learned to let things go and move on from bad experiences.”
“I felt that the coping skills learned are easy enough and effective enough to be used when I need. I now feel at the very least that I have the ability to reduce my stress.”
“I learned new and different ways to stay relaxed and how to deal with stress and now I don’t worry much.”
If they can do it, so can you! By practicing the skills outlined in this workbook, you'll be well on your way to developing lasting resilience and a new kind of strength—one that comes from within. Why not get started today?
Books by Gina M. Biegel
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain
—Tim Ryan, congressman and author of A Mindful Nation
—Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of Mindful Games ;and The Mindful Child
—Laurie Grossman, director of program development and outreach at Inner Explorer, cofounder of Mindful Schools, and coauthor of Master of Mindfulness
—Amishi Jha, PhD, University of Miami
—Lidia Zylowska, MD, associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, founding member of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Mindful Awareness Research Center, and author of The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD
—Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook
—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of Uncovering Happiness, and coauthor of MBSR Every Day
—Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety and coauthor of Mindfulness for Teen Depression; Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
—Trudy Goodman, PhD, founding teacher at insightLA.org
—Theo Koffler, author, educator, and founder of Mindfulness Without Borders
“If you know a teenager, you probably know someone who gets stressed. With hormones raging through their bodies and extra sensitivity, teens feel things intensely. Their thoughts and feelings can produce confusion, lack of confidence, and unpredictable behavior. However, with increased awareness, all that passion can produce amazing results born of penetrating wisdom and deep caring. Gina Biegel’s The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a perfect guidebook to help a teen center themselves and access the wisdom and love right inside. This is an excellent offering of practices that, when applied, can make a real difference in any teen’s life.”
—James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy, and cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
“As a parent of two teens, and someone who works with people who are often burdened by too much stress, this workbook is a tremendous resource. The information and activities contained within offer very practical and tactical solutions to so many of the challenges and stressors facing our teen population, and for the parents of and professionals who work with those teens. Gina Beigel’s workbook is like a soothing, warm towel that offers much relief and relaxation for an achy and stressed mind and body.”
—Todd H. Corbin, CPC, is a stress expert, mindfulness teacher, professional speaker, and coach
“The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a practical and useful resource for teens. The accessible ;and clear activities introduce young people to mindfulness in ways that are relevant to their lives—practices they can put to use right away. Through the guided personal reflections, young people will better understand their stresses and coping mechanisms, for good or for bad, and learn how to shift their behaviors to more helpful responses with mindfulness.”
—Jessica Morey, MA, executive director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education
“Not only is the workbook an excellent resource for teens in being with the stress of everyday life, it also provides a wealth of strategies that can be used in all aspects of their lives to promote positive health and well-being using the well-documented techniques of mindfulness. In our teaching of teens in high schools, we have shared activities that help teens identify stressors in their lives, strengthen self-awareness, and develop the ability to choose how to respond. I would highly recommend it to be part of any high school’s resource library.”
—Heidi Bornstein, founder of Mindfulness Everyday
“Gina Biegel offers a practical and easy to use, yet comprehensive and thoughtful workbook in The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens. I wish I had had such an insightful resource during my own adolescence, and will be sure to share it with my own daughter.”
—Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT, founder of Little Flower Yoga and the School Yoga Project, author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids, and mom
“This workbook is a gift for teens. It offers both mindfulness instruction and stress reduction techniques in a language teens will relate to. The thoughtful exercises and clear instruction are sure to help teens navigate their turbulent years with wisdom and self-compassion.”
—Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, author of Wide Awake, and coauthor of Fully Present