2020 has been a rough year for mental health, especially for tweens and teens. All of the isolation and societal changes can easily lead to bouts of depression and insecurity. If you think your teen is slipping into a mentally dark place, make sure to check out the Self Love Workbook for Teens to see if it can help.
The tagline of the book is “a transformative guide to boost self-esteem, build a healthy mindset and embrace your true self“. After reviewing the workbook, I can assure you that it does indeed strive to meet those three goals.
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
About the author
Shainna Ali, PhD is the author of the Self Love Workbook for Teens as well as The Self Love Workbook, which was published in 2018. She is a mental health counselor and educator who is passionate about destigmatizing mental health counseling and helping individuals worldwide recognize the importance of fostering mental wellness.
Dr Ali’s blog, A Modern Mentality, promotes mental health awareness to improve mental wellness across the globe. She also contributes to blogs for the American Counseling Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Ali has been featured on ABC, NBC, Yahoo, Bustle, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Insider.
Format of The Self Love Workbook for Teens
When I hear the word “workbook” I immediately think of a flimsy, 20-page book with a few fill in the blank type of activities. That is why I was pleasantly surprised when the Self Love Workbook for Teens arrived in the mail.
This is definitely not some thrown together workbook! It has eight chapters and over 180 pages of useful content. Each chapter has one main topic and then several sub-topics that are also discussed. For example, the self-love chapter discusses the importance of self-love, obstacles and the seven segments of self-love.
Each chapter starts with education on that particular topic. The information provided is extremely thorough and backed by research.
Then, it delves into activities designed to support that concept. This could include reflection questions, real-life examples with questions following, fill in the blank, coloring, drawing and written responses (with plenty of space for your teen’s response).
How to use the Self Love Workbook for Teens
The simple answer to this question is use it however it works best for you! The workbook could be used in a group setting with a counselor leading the discussion and activities. It could be done individually or by a parent and teen to facilitate discussion.
With the design of the book, it would be easy to complete a chapter per day or week. Or you could devote ten to fifteen minutes to it each day as a self reflection practice.
As I expressed before, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of content included in the workbook. With everything that is included, it is well worth the price.
The workbook is designed specifically for teenagers and the problems they commonly face, but I feel that pre-teens and even adults could benefit from the workbook too.
I love that each chapter focuses on one aspect of self love. This makes it easy to work through one chapter at a time and really ingest the information before moving on to the next one.
I also really like that the activities change from one chapter to the next. Some teens may love to draw or color, while others feel more comfortable journaling their thoughts. The Self Love Workbook for Teens ensures that every type of kid can connect with an activity and express their feelings.
My favorite chapter was the one on self care because like most moms, this is something I struggle with. Even though the workbook is designed for teenagers, I found plenty of advice and ideas that I could use too!
My overall impression of The Self Love Workbook for Teens is that it exceeds my expectations, is worth every penny and can be a valuable tool for both teenagers and adults.
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