As I sat in traffic the next morning, I saw a woman put a small child on a school bus in front of me. She smiled and waved as the bus pulled away. Then she walked around to the side of her house, sat on the stairs, and cried. I wanted to say to her, “I know how you feel, but it will be okay. “ After all, she only had to wait until three o’clock. I had to wait until Thanksgiving.
For students and parents, the emotional toll taken by the sudden changes and separation can range from a mild sense of sadness to depression and panic. Guided imagery offers us a way to soothe those blues, address the worry and emptiness, bolster self-esteem and even avoid procrastination when we are dealing with daunting schedules and keeping lots of balls in the air.
For parents, we recommend soothing, feel-good titles, like Belleruth’s ever-popular Relaxation and Wellness or Joan Borysanko’s Relaxing Through the Seasons, which consists of five, brief relaxation meditations. College students can benefit from Dr. Traci Stein’s Healthy Self Esteem, and her Self Esteem during Sleep is great for those experiencing problems sleeping in their new environment. We have many titles dedicated to learning and academic performance, including Belleruth’s Self-Confidence and Peak Performance.
Children heading off to kindergarten or first grade are often too excited to sleep. Lisa Malkiewicz’ The Sleep Fairy, with its positive affirmations and happy dream suggestions, is just the ticket. For teens and pre-teens, heading back to school after a busy summer, Mellisa Dormoy’s Relaxed & In Control: Guiding my Emotions for Good Self-Control, and her Calm and Clarity: Guided Meditations for ADHD, Hyperactive or Busy Kids can help them transition from summer fun to serious learning. For teens and adults of any educational level, we recommend Dr. Traci Stein’s Guided Self-Hypnosis to Help Free Yourself from Procrastination, to nip that bad habit in the bud and make for a more productive and less stressful school year.
We have so many more guided imagery programs available on our website and in our catalog. No matter what circumstances you are experiencing, we probably have something that can help. As always, we welcome your comments, stories and helpful suggestions.