Breathing (Communitas Group 5)




Writing & Journaling (Communitas Group 6)

RESARCH articles

  • Baikie, K. A., & Wilhelm, K. (2005). Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 11(5), 338-346. doi: 10.1192/apt.11.5.338 Available from:
  • American Psychological Association: Gratefulness and heart health


 There are many books and other resources on journal writing, story telling, and poetry, and how they can contribute to your health and your life. Here are a few.

  • DeSalvo, Louise. (1999). Writing as a way to healing: How telling stories transforms our lives. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
  • Fox, John. (1997). Poetic medicine: The healing art of poem-making. New York, NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam.
  • Capacchione, Lucia. (1989). The well-being journal: Drawing upon your inner power to heal yourself. North Hollywood, CA: Newcastle Publishing.
  • Stone, Richard. (1996). The healing art of story telling: A sacred journey of personal discovery. New York, NY: Hyperion.
  • Rainer, Tristine. (1979). The new diary. New York, NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher.
  • Lee, John. (1994). Writing from the body: For writers, artists and dreamers who long to free your voice. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

Relaxation and Stress Management


  • “Indigo Dreams: Relaxation and Stress Management Bedtime Stories for Children to Improve Sleep, Manage Stress and Anxiety” by Lori Lite
  • “Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection” by Dr. Mary Karapetian Alvord and Dr. Bonnie Zucker



  • Breathe, Chill: A Handbook of Games and Techniques Introducing Breathing, Meditation, and Relaxation to Kids and Teens, by Lisa Roberts, RYT, RCYT
  • The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids, by Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D. and Robin K. Sprague, LCPC