Every day of adolescence brings new adventures and new challenges. Unfortunately, some days are more difficult than others, leading to many challenges for teens. Self-help workbooks are an excellent way for youths to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings; they can also help teens build positive strategies for difficult situations. Here are five workbooks that your teen might benefit from—particularly if they struggle with any of these specific issues.
For Self-Image: The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens
One of the most challenging things for teens to navigate is a sense of self. It’s easy for teens to compare themselves to others, but this can lead to low self-esteem, poor self-image and a negative sense of who they are as unique individuals. The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teensprovides activities for teens to build their confidence, set goals and take a more assertive stance. The workbook also provides tips for handling criticism and feeling acceptance. Even if your teen doesn’t struggle with image problems, there’s sure to be a great lesson worth learning from this workbook.
For Anxiety: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens
Created by the same people behind The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens is an excellent resource for learning how to manage anxiety. With so many changes taking place in their bodies, beliefs and relationships, teens can easily feel anxious about many things. This workbook helps teens recognize their anxious thoughts and learn how to develop a positive approach to life. It also educates teens on how to recognize when it’s time to seek professional help. The tools your teen can learn from this workbook can empower them to handle stress in a positive way.
For Peer Pressure: The Severson Sisters Guide to Peer Pressure
The Severson Sisters Guide to Peer Pressure is a workbook designed specifically for girls but it can help all teens navigate the stress of peer pressure. It shows teens how to recognize when they might have pressured someone or when they might have been pressured by their peers. With this handbook, teens can understand the difference between being assertive and being aggressive.
For Anger: Lemons or Lemonade
Available for free online, Lemons or Lemonade? An Anger Workbook for Teens is a useful guide for handling anger. This workbook helps teens understand different reasons for why they might feel anger. Teens also learn the importance of respect and how to handle these negative emotions. At the end of the workbook, they’ll hopefully have all the tools necessary to see the positive in difficult situations—or how to make lemonade out of lemons.
For Lack of Direction: Get Up and Goal
Setting goals, feeling driven and understanding your purpose can all be challenging—especially for teens who are just learning about this for the first time. Get Up and Goal: Goal Setting Workbook for Youth aims to help teens feel motivated and set up strategies for accomplishing their goals. It also explains how teens can develop planning and organizational skills. So, if your teen’s lacking a sense of direction or wondering how they can keep track of their goals, this workbook is for them!
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