Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens

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Stress is something we all experience. But research suggests that adolescents are affected by it in unique ways that can increase impulsivity and risky behaviors. While eliminating stress from life isn’t realistic, young people can learn to control how they respond to it. This book offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at home, and among friends. They’ll find current information on how stress affects health and decision making and learn stress-management skills ...
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Overview


Stress is something we all experience. But research suggests that adolescents are affected by it in unique ways that can increase impulsivity and risky behaviors. While eliminating stress from life isn’t realistic, young people can learn to control how they respond to it. This book offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at home, and among friends. They’ll find current information on how stress affects health and decision making and learn stress-management skills to handle stress in positive ways—including assertiveness, positive self-talk, time management, relaxation exercises, and much more. Filled with interesting facts, student quotes, and fun activities, this book is a great resource for any teen who’s said, “I’m stressed out!” 
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Editorial Reviews

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"This best-selling book by Earl Hipp gives teens information on how stress affects health and decision-making. While it is not faith based, students will learn stress-management skills, such as assertiveness, time management and relaxation exercises." —YouthWorker Journal, January/February 2009

"Straightforward, enjoyable, easy-reading style.... Exccellent reading for those in the mental health field or anyone working with teenagers." —National Mental Health Association 

"Provides useful, practical tools and ideas for folks of any age." —Whole Earth Magazine

"Helps you understand how stress affects your mind and body. It also gives both long- and short-term strategies for dealing with stress effectively." —New Moon Magazine

 “A top pick for community library parenting collections.”—Midwest Book Review

Previous edition: “Pick of the Lists” American Bookselling Association

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
The revised and updated version of this helpful handbook was written by a clinical psychologist and author of other books for young people. Aimed at middle school students but useful for other ages, too, the book begins by defining stress in our lives and its importance to survival. Short and long term stress is explained, and coping strategies for managing these stresses are emphasized. The author explains that reactions to stress, or one's ability to handle it, as normal to all humans. He uses the analogy of taming stress to taming the invisible tigers in our life. He offers ten tiger-taming techniques such as eating healthy, staying active, being assertive, taking charge by setting goals, and so on. Each technique is accompanied by exercises to help make the techniques a habit. It is helpful advice no matter what your age and assists in turning worry into positive action. It is well written and the layout will appeal to young readers. Cartoonlike drawings, lists, and how-to directions are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575422824
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/20/2008
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 131,877
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Earl Hipp is the author of many books for young people. He has a B.A. in Psychology and a master’s degree in Psychophysiology. He has worked as a clinical psychotherapist, helping hundreds of people to better understand, cope with, and grow through the challenges in their lives.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Fighting Invisible Tigers     2
How Can This Book Help?     3
Stress 101: The Lowdown on Invisible Tigers     5
The Fight-or-Flight Response     6
Short- and Long-Term Stress     10
Coping Strategies     12
10 Myths About-and the Last Word on-Stress     18
10 Tiger-Taming Techniques     22
Get Moving     25
Some Benefits of Physical Activity     26
The FIT Formula for Physical Activity     26
Fight Stress with Food     33
Why Is Eating Healthy So Important?     34
Bad Diet Habits     34
Why It Can Be Hard to Eat Well     37
Find Your Calm Center     41
What Are Relaxation Techniques?     42
Focused Breathing     44
Sitting in the Calm     48
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)     51
Stand Up for Yourself     57
Assertiveness Skills     58
The ASSERT Formula     60
Weave a Safety Net of Support     67
The Importance of Weaving a Safety Net     68
The Five Levels of Relationships     69
Strengthening Relationships     74
Take Charge of Your Life     77
Writing Your Own Script     78
Reaching Your Goals     79
Get Time on Your Side     87
How Time Management Can Help You     88
Setting Priorities     89
Time Management Tips     93
Risk Trying New Things     97
Are You a Risk Taker?     98
Start Small and Give Yourself a Chance to Learn     99
Avoiding Perfectionism     100
Find Support and Celebrate Successes     105
Stand on Solid Ground     107
Decisions Are Powerful     108
Making Decisions When the Pressure's On     109
Managing Peer Pressure     111
Choose the Upside View     116
Seeing the Upside     117
Positive Self-Talk     118
Lighten Up     119
First Aid for Tiger Bites     123
When Is It Time to Get Help?     123
A Final Word     127
Index     128
About the Author     133
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