Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Releasing Stress Through Creativity and Guided Imagery

Dear Community,

It's almost summer and we want our kids to be happy and free. But so many I see in my office are exhausted and super stressed from the pressures of this past school year. How can we transform their lives from stress and anxiety to joy and success?  

I invite you to listen Friday June 5th, 8:00 AM to 9:00AM (U.S. Pacific time) and learn how we can help our children tap into the positive power of their imaginations and make a real difference - this summer... and for the next school year.   Tune in to Voice America's Sheevaun Moran's "Master Your Energy, Master Your Life" radio showI will be interviewed on "Release Stress Through Creativity" and related topics from my upcoming book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin USA) and therapeutic CDs (Discovering Your Special Place, Creating a Magical Garden and Healing Pond, Climbing a Mountain of Success) from 8:15 AM on.  

Log on and listen to the live web streaming radio show from anywhere in the world at  You can call in with Questions at 1-866/472-5795.  And if you miss the show, the interview will be archived on their site and posted on my website, soon after.

I'd love you to tune in and email me your thoughts, concerns, and questions.


Dr. Charlotte

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sleep at the End of the School Year?

Dear Community,

Are the kids in your life having trouble sleeping lately? Mine sure are. With the school year winding down, one might think they're beginning to relax and look forward to summer. Yes, they are looking forward to summer, but no, they are not relaxing. In fact, more and more young ones and teens are coming into my office complaining they are having great difficulty sleeping - a time when relaxation is critical. They can't get their mind to stop, they can't unwind their bodies, they keep worrying about today and tomorrow. 

With all the stress and anxiety kids are facing - at school, with friends, and even with their families - they are unconsciously programming their own minds to do exactly what they don't want: not sleep.  But it can be turned around. Relaxation, guided imagery and meditaton - all close cousins - are powerful ways kids can learn to sleep by reprograming their minds with their imaginations. 

From my Article archive and in honor of the focus this week on sleep from a wonderful website
Using Imagery to Create 
A Soothing Blanket of Sleep

It's the end of the day. You're tired. You've worked hard. The children have finally gone to bed. You're looking forward to some peace and quiet by yourself. All of a sudden you hear the cries of your normally loving youngster: "I can't sleep!" Or, your teen charges into the room and insists that they can't fall asleep because they're worrying about an exam the next day - a recent argument with their best friend - or a problem with their teacher. Wouldn't you like them to learn a technique to help let go of worries and tensions of the day and fall asleep peacefully and easily? 

Guided imagery has been an especially effective tool in alleviating many kinds of sleep disturbances. When children and adolescents have difficulty sleeping at night, imagery can offer a soothing and comforting way to drift off into dreams. Children discover their own solutions by using tools such as meeting a wise 'animal' friend for advice or receiving a special gift to help fall asleep. 

for the rest of the article and more ways guided imagery can help your child and the children you work with. And be sure to visit for many more viewpoints on sleep.

Many blessings,

Dr. Charlotte