This therapeutic story focuses on intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviour, linked to exam anxiety. Everyone knows Gemma always gets thing 'right' and is top of the class. However she feels under pressure to do well in the Year 5 tests and is becoming increasingly worried. She thinks she has to do certain things to continue to do well and get 'top marks', such as avoiding the cracks in the pavement. This habit starts to take over and Gemma wonders why she is doing this.
As the story progresses, Gemma is helped to understand how it can be normal for anxiety and stress to affect thoughts. The metaphor of having a bully in her mind, making her do things she doesn't really want to do, is introduced. She decides to stand up to her inner bully before it takes over. The accompanying, 'Let's talk about when thoughts get stuck' highlights how stress and pressure can affect us, including some of the 'catastrophising' and 'black and white' thinking errors that can be linked with exam stress and pressure.
- Stuck on a Loop Workbook 4
This brand-new Series takes a challenging or significant life event as the focus for each story and aims to help children understand and normalise the range of emotions they may experience, and recognise and manage ‘big’ and ‘difficult’ feelings.
It is important for children to know that facing difficult situations, and the strong emotions which they can elicit, is part of life. How we cope with these events often depends on our mental health and the coping strategies we have learned.
These stories take situations that are familiar to children and use fictional characters to create some emotional distance, in order to consider emotional responses and support the safe exploration of coping strategies and problem solving. Each story comes with a workbook and guidance notes to assist the use of these highly practical and engaging resources.