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


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Being a teen is hard enough without anxiety getting in the way. You are changing more than ever before, not just physically, but mentally. And 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 that there are real, powerful ways that you can take control of your anxiety—and your life!

In 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 or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, at school, and with friends.

You’ll learn tips for dealing with specific situations that cause anxiety, such as public speaking, social anxiety, test anxiety, and more. You’ll also learn special breathing exercises to help calm you in moments of panic, and guided visualization exercises to help you stay cool and collected, even in the tensest situations.

If you are ready to move past your anxiety, panic, and worry and start living the life you were meant to live, this book will be your guide—every step of the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608829101
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Series: Instant Help for Teens Series
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,092,972
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist and learning specialist in the Boston area who specializes in working with adolescents and young adults in his private practice at Tufts University. He regularly consults schools, clinics, and other institutions, and teaches workshops across the US and around the world. His website can be found at drchristopherwillard.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About Anxiety 4

Activity 1 Why Do You Get Anxious? 4

Activity 2 Anxiety's Aliases 7

Activity 3 Recognizing Anxiety in Your Body 8

Activity 4 Your Anxiety Triggers 9

Activity 5 Tracking Your Anxiety 11

Activity 6 Avoidance and Distraction Traps 12

Activity 7 Keeping Your Body Healthy 14

Activity 8 Finding Balance 19

Activity 9 Don't Believe Everything You Think! 20

Activity 10 Anxiety in Disguise 23

Activity 11 Building on Your Strengths 26

Activity 12 Thought Distortions 28

Activity 13 Worrying on Purpose 32

Mindfulness: Paying Attention to the Present

Activity 14 What Does Mindfulness Have to Do with Anxiety? 36

Activity 15 The Power of Singletasking 38

Activity 16 Bodily Tension 39

Activity 17 Body Scan 41

Activity 18 Bringing Mindfulness to Your Anxiety 44

Activity 19 The Present Moment 48

Activity 20 Visualizing the Present 50

Activity 21 Clearing the Mind 53

Activity 22 Bringing Mindfulness to Your Emotions 54

Activity 23 Bringing Mindfulness to Everyday Activities 56

At Home

Activity 24 Making Your Space Peaceful 62

Activity 25 Fighting in the Family 64

Activity 26 Mindfulness Through Music 66

Activity 27 Alone Time 69

Activity 28 Calming Your Mind for Sleep 73

At School

Activity 29 Mindful Planning 80

Activity 30 School Phobia 82

Activity 31 Staying Calm in the Classroom 87

Activity 32 Approaching Teachers and Other Adults 88

Activity 33 Class Presentations 90

Activity 34 Test Anxiety 93

Activity 35 Writer's Block 97

Activity 36 Cafeteria Concerns 100

In the Social World

Activity 37 Your Social Anxiety Triggers 104

Activity 38 Dealing with Difficult People 108

Activity 39 When a Friend Is Struggling 110

Activity 40 The Pressure of Parties and Proms 114

Activity 41 Talking on the Phone 116

Activity 42 Dating and Relationships 117

Activity 43 Using Social Media 125

Activity 44 Mindful Self-Compassion 127

Performing Under Pressure

Activity 45 Job and College Interviews 132

Activity 46 Athletics 134

Activity 47 Putting on Performances 138

Activity 48 Stage Fright 140

Activity 49 Driving 142

Activity 50 Panic Attacks 144

Activity 51 Making Decisions 148

Bringing It All Together 153


Christopher Willard lives in Cambridge, MA.

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