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Transforming Stress for Teens


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Rollin McCraty, PhD, is executive vice president, director of research, and fellow of the American Institute of Stress. He holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society, and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He and his research team regularly participate in collaborative studies with other US and international scientific, medical, and educational institutions. McCraty is an internationally recognized authority on heart rate variability, heart rhythm coherence, and the effects of positive and negative emotions on human psychophysiology. He is widely published.Stephen W. Lance, MS, is an experienced HeartMath instructor, and has over twenty years of experience in the field of youth development. Lance serves as executive director of Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute, which serves over 25,000 youth annually in diverse programs ranging from innovative schools, group homes, camping programs, and academic field study experiences.Jeff Goelitz is currently a program developer, senior trainer, and education specialist with the nonprofit Institute of HeartMath. He regularly consults with education professionals, mental health specialists, and parents around the United States and Canada to help improve the well-being of youth, parent/child communication, and classroom climate and performance. In the last fifteen years, he has created and contributed to numerous educational curricula and programs designed to improve social and emotional learning, with work including The College De-stress Handbook, articles, and webinars on a variety of topics as a regular stress solutions expert on


"Filled with research-proven, practical suggestions for transforming stress in teens, this insightful book can help you create clarity and calm in the face of the daily challenges of life. This is a step-by-step guide with accessible practices as well as interesting proposals about intuition and relationships, offering new ways of strengthening your mind and improving your life. Dive in and feel the power of this approach!"
--Daniel J. Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm and Mind

"Less stress, less drama, more true friends! Transforming Stress for Teens provides the skills and knowledge teens need to take back their power, and experience both acceptance and understanding. Fit in, be loving, and be loved, yet remain uniquely and genuinely you! A must read."
--Becky A. Bailey, PhD, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, and creator of the Conscious Discipline system of self-regulation for parents, teachers, and students
"Accessible and engaging, this book provides what today's teens need--practical tools to help them manage emotions, navigate their world with greater ease, and be more of who they truly are. It is a gem, and I will wholeheartedly recommend it to the teens and parents I work with."
--Judy Grupenhoff, MS, MEd, youth specialist at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital

"Transforming Stress for Teens sets itself apart from the large number of available books and workbooks for adolescents on managing stress, by moving beyond simple discussions of relaxation and awareness strategies, and additionally explaining and emphasizing the key role that emotional experience and emotional regulation play in truly mastering stress in all aspects of life. I find this book to be unique among self-help books for adolescents in its discussion of fascinating (and important) topics such as coherence, the heart-brain connection, intuition, and communication in very clear language with great real-life examples. The authors do an exemplary job making the chapter topics interesting and relevant for teens in their day-to-day experience, and then provide tools and techniques that are time-efficient and easy to use."
--Timothy Culbert, MD, FAAP, developmental/behavioral pediatrician and medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at PrairieCare Medical Group in Minneapolis, MN

"It's a fact--teen life is stressful! It seems the pressure is always on to make (and keep) friends, make the grades, make the team, and, most importantly, make sure parents are pleased. Research indicates that adolescents who learn to identify and overcome everyday stressors now, are better able to navigate through tough situations, reduce stress, and remain resilient as adults. Transforming Stress for Teens is the perfect guide to help teens learn easy-to-use tools and techniques to beat stress and thrive for the rest of their lives."
--Susan Alford, state director of South Carolina's Department of Social Services
"For the last several years at Olympia Sports Camp, we have taught the ideas and tools found in this book to thousands of youth to help them learn how to manage their emotions instead of just reacting to life situations. With Transforming Stress for Teens, teens can become the hero of their own journey by learning the qualities of their deeper hearts while on the path of discovering who they really are. I highly recommend this book."
--Dave Grace, founder and director of Olympia Sports Camp in Ontario, Canada

"Young people today experience a high level of stress. This greatly affects their potential for optimal performance. I have found HeartMath(R) techniques to be both practical and simple for their day-to-day lives. I highly recommend this book to every young person in search of a technique for coping with stress."
--Jorge Calzadilla, MEd, vice president of the Division of Public Service at Florida Atlantic University, former executive director of Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute (YLI), and board member of The Conservation Fund's National Forum on Children and Nature, Institute of HeartMath(R), and the National Youth Advocate Program
"Transforming Stress for Teens is a wonderful resource of practical strategies and tools to help teens reduce their stress and build resilience. I love how each chapter reinforces the concepts and tools presented in previous chapters. The exercises are thoughtful, practical, easy to complete, and will help teens make healthier decisions with a renewed sense of hope and self-reliance. I am confident that thousands of teens will greatly benefit from the practical advice laid out in this book."
Jacqui Letran, NP, teen confidence expert, speaker, and author of I Would, but My Damn Mind Won't Let Me! and Five Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness

"From academics to athletics to music lessons and more, today's adolescents carry a heap of responsibility, often not in line with their own objectives. Here, McCraty (director of research, HeartMath Inst.) with a team of other educators aims to help teens manage stress, anxiety, daily emotions, and more. Based primarily on techniques involving emotional regulation skills, the work assists young people in understanding their emotions, listening to their inner voices, communicating with integrity, and developing healthy relationships. Differentiating between statements such as 'chill out' and actually relaxing, the authors seek to put life into perspective and to show teens how to do right by themselves by taking a step back and listening to their inner selves. VERDICT Recommended for YA collections in high school and public libraries."
--Library Journal

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