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The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens

The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens
Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress
Second Edition





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ISBN: 9781684030187
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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?

This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation—an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.


Gina M. Biegel (Author)
Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based... Read more

Books by Gina M. Biegel


“Warm, inviting, and helpful, this gem of a book brings mindfulness down to earth for adolescents and young adults. Gina Biegel is a world-class expert on this subject, and she writes straight from her own heart, offering simple and powerful ideas and practices. Teens are under more pressure than ever these days, and this book is a wonderful resource.”
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain

“I have found the benefits of mindfulness to be indispensable in my personal and professional life. I only wish I had known about this practice when I was younger. Gina Biegel’s book serves as an excellent resource for young folks looking to integrate this transformative practice into their own lives. With peer pressure, information overload, and constant connection to social media an ever present reality, I would recommend it to any student.”
Tim Ryan, congressman and author of A Mindful Nation  

“In the updated edition of her popular stress reduction workbook, Gina Biegel offers teens a set of practical and powerful tools to help them recognize their problems and resolve them in a healthy way.”
Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of Mindful Games ;and The Mindful Child

“Gina Biegel’s book is a must-have for all adolescents. From her letter to teens in the beginning addressing social media, to the engaging activities throughout the book, teenagers will recognize their own personal issues and begin to understand that they aren’t alone. The activities are accessible and the explanations easy to understand. These activities, many of which are new in this second edition, provide adolescents with a myriad of tools to address teen stressors, problems, and angst. I can imagine this becoming teens’ favorite ‘go-to’ book, as it provides much needed relief. I wish it had been around when I was a teen, and I really wish I had had this tool when my own children were teenagers. I heartily endorse Biegel’s book and I encourage you to give it to every teen you know!”
Laurie Grossman, director of program development and outreach at Inner Explorer, cofounder of Mindful Schools, and coauthor of Master of Mindfulness

“As a mindfulness researcher and the mom of a teen, I am so glad that Gina Biegel has penned this workbook. It’s accessible, user-friendly, and offers mindfulness training in a manner that resonates with teens. As he or she works through this book, you will see your teen transform from stressed out and distracted to attentive and self-aware. A must-have for every adolescent’s wellness toolkit!”
Amishi Jha, PhD, University of Miami

“Gina Biegel’s The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is the go-to book for teens wanting to lower their stress and navigate the challenges of life with more skill and resilience. Written in a way that is very accessible and relevant to teens, the book empowers teens to access inner resources to manage difficult situations and make wise choices. An excellent resource for teens and those who care about them.”
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

“In The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, Gina Biegel offers a dynamic and engaging resource for adolescents struggling with stress—and what teen isn’t struggling with stress these days? This book has the potential to empower young adults to find healthy relationships with their bodies, hearts, minds, and their relationships with others. Gina writes from her many years of expertise as a researcher and mindfulness practitioner.”
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook

“Gina Biegel offers us key tools for teens to bring mindfulness into their lives in order to manage everyday stressors, reduce self-harm, and increase their toolkit of positive coping strategies. I find this book to be accessible to all teens!”
Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of Uncovering Happiness, and coauthor of MBSR Every Day

“A gift for our stressed-out teens and the grown-ups who work with (or live with) them!”
Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety and coauthor of Mindfulness for Teen Depression; Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School

“This is a useful workbook for teens. It draws on and distills decades of experience and research on mindfulness and self-regulation, and shows teens how to do it!”
Trudy Goodman, PhD, founding teacher at

“Bringing mindfulness to teens is a noble mission, particularly when it includes not only the practice of mindfulness but also connecting teens to a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It’s a much-needed workbook and an empowering way to encourage reflection, self-discovery, and personal change.”
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

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