Relax: How to Manage Anxiety and Emotions in an Uncertain World

ReferencePoint. Feb. 2023. 64p. Tr $32.95. ISBN 9781678204822.
Gr 6 Up–A timely read for teens and those who work with, live with, or love them. Young people experiencing “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” has increased from 26 percent in 2009 to 44 percent in 2021. Those statistics are disheartening but not surprising. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on all those who have experienced it and is reflected in the higher rate of sadness and hopelessness. Diggs includes facts, personal anecdotes, and real-life examples of those experiencing anxiety and how to manage that, worry, and stress. Coping skills include yoga, meditation, spending time with loved ones, and deep breathing. Diggs explains how a healthy lifestyle can positively affect our body’s response to stress, worry, and anxiety. The book also includes further resources and references.
VERDICT A good choice for middle schoolers that could also serve as a talking point for teachers and parents.

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