Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens

Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens

by Earl Hipp

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About the Author:
Earl Hipp, author of many books for young people, has a degree in Psychology and a master's in Psychophysiology. In his work as a clinical psychotherapist, he helps people understand, cope with, and grow through challenges in their lives

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575422824
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/20/2008
Edition description: Revised and Updated Third Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About 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.

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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SadieReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Fighting Invisible Tigers" is a great self-help book for teens dealing with stress. I remember back to high school and the levels of stress I felt jugging AP classes, sports, friends, family, and a job. I also remember the adults in my life saying useless and unhelpful things like, "You think you're stressed now? Just wait until you're in the real world. Then you'll know what stress is." I think if I had had access to this book in high school I would have felt more validated in my feelings of stress; that someone was acknowledging that what I was feeling was real and important and needed to be addressed. As an adult reading this book I was reminded of some good strategies that I should be employing to deal with the stress in my life: get moving, fight stress with food, find my inner calm, stand up for myself, weave a safety net of support, take charge of my life, get time on my side, risk trying new things, stand on solid ground, and choose the upside view. Teens will like the straightforward manner the material is presented. It's not preachy and it's not overloaded with the science of stress. The scenarios presented are real, the methods for managing stress are realistic, and the quotes from real teens show that teens are not alone in battling stress. This is a must-read for every teen looking to cope.