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Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else

Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else

by Christopher Willard PsyD
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else

Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else

by Christopher Willard PsyD

Paperback(Second Edition)

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Now fully revised and updated, including new and fun activities for dealing with school anxiety, social media overwhelm, bullying, and more.

Being a teen is hard enough without anxiety getting in the way. Not only are you changing more than ever before—physically and mentally—you’re also facing an increasing number of global issues, such as pandemics, school violence, and climate change. On top of all these big events, if you suffer from panic attacks, chronic worry, and feelings of isolation, it can be very difficult to meet your goals and succeed. The good news is there are real, powerful ways that you can take control of your anxiety—and your life!

In this second edition of Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers teens like you proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help you cope with your anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating, social media, or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, in school, and with friends.

You’ll learn doable skills for dealing with specific situations that cause anxiety, such as public speaking, taking tests, meeting new people, and more. You’ll also discover special breathing exercises to help you stay calm in moments of panic, and guided visualization exercises to be cool and collected, even in the tensest situations.

If you are ready to move past your anxiety, panic, and worry and start being your best, this workbook will be your guide—every step of the way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684035755
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 124,207
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston, MA. He has been practicing meditation for twenty years and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two-dozen countries. He has presented at TEDx conferences, and his expertise has been showcased in The New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He teaches at Harvard Medical School; and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and writing, and being a father.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About Anxiety

Activity 1 So Why Do I Get Anxious? 5

Activity 2 Anxiety's Aliases 10

Activity 3 Recognizing Anxiety in Your Body 11

Activity 4 Your Anxiety Triggers 14

Activity 5 Tracking Your Anxiety 22

Activity 6 Avoidance and Distraction Traps 24

Activity 7 Keeping Your Body Healthy 26

Activity 8 Finding Balance 31

Activity 9 Don't Believe Everything You Think! 33

Activity 10 Sorting Out Your Emotions 36

Activity 11 Building On Your Strengths 39

Activity 12 Thought Distortions 42

Activity 13 Worrying On Purpose 47

Summing Up 49

Mindfulness: Paying Attention to the Present

Activity 14 The Power of Single-Tasking 52

Activity 15 Mindfulness and Mind-Body Awareness 57

Activity 16 Getting to Know Your Anxiety 60

Activity 17 The Present Moment 65

Activity 18 Watching Your Thoughts 67

Activity 19 Clearing the Mind 70

Activity 20 Bringing Mindfulness to Your Emotions 71

Activity 21 Bringing Mindfulness to Everyday Life 72

Summing Up 75

At Home

Activity 22 Making Your Space Peaceful and Personal 78

Activity 23 Fighting in the Family 80

Activity 24 Mindfulness Through Music 82

Activity 25 Body Scan 85

Activity 26 Alone Time 90

Activity 27 Calming Your Mind and Body for Sleep 94

Summing Up 97

At School

Activity 28 Mindful Planning 100

Activity 29 School Phobia 102

Activity 30 Staying Calm in the Classroom 106

Activity 31 Approaching Teachers and Other Adults 107

Activity 32 Class Presentations 109

Activity 33 Writer's Block 112

Activity 34 Test Anxiety 115

Activity 35 Cafeteria Concerns 119

Summing Up 121

In the Social World

Activity 36 Your Social Anxiety Triggers 124

Activity 37 Dealing with Difficult People 128

Activity 38 When a Friend Is Struggling 131

Activity 39 The Pressure of Parties and Proms 135

Activity 40 Talking on the Phone 137

Activity 41 Dating and Relationships 138

Activity 42 Using Social Media 147

Summing Up 149

Performing Under Pressure

Activity 43 Job and College Interviews 152

Activity 44 Athletics 154

Activity 45 Putting on a Performance 158

Activity 46 Stage Fright 160

Activity 47 Driving 162

Activity 48 Panic Attacks 164

Activity 49 Making Decisions 168

Summing Up 171

Bringing It All Together 175

Acknowledgments 177


Willard resides in Cambridge, MA (Greater Boston Area).

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