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Tiny Guides

At Cultures of Dignity, we support the emotional and physical wellbeing of young people and the people who care for them. Providing this support is always important but it’s never more so than now. We need the tools and skills to manage ourselves and our relationships under exceptional circumstances.

To support you, we collaborated with educator Megan Saxelby to create social and emotional tools. We call them Tiny Guides. Check them out below!

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These Tiny Guides will help you quickly comprehend core social and emotional concepts, understand their impact on you and your relationships, and equip you with tools to put them into action.

The Tiny Guides are now available in Spanish!

Spanish Tiny Guides

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  • All of the Tiny Guides!

    $40.00These Tiny Guides help you quickly comprehend core social and emotional concepts, understand their impact on you and your relationships, and equip you with tools to put them into action.  For example, do you want to better manage your anger? Totally possible and something all of us need to work on. Want to decrease your anxiety? It’s like riding a bike; you can with practice. Want to know what shame is and how it ...
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  • How Dignity Works | TINY GUIDE BUNDLE

    FreeThis set of Tiny Guides is all about Dignity, which is the belief that everyone matters the same amount no matter what. Dignity may seem like a simple idea, but it is actually pretty complicated.  This bundle walks you through some key questions: What is Dignity? Why does it matter? How will understanding it change my relationships? How can I practice it?
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  • How To Practice | TINY GUIDE BUNDLE

    $18.00This set of Tiny Guides is all about naming and regulating our emotions. Learning how our emotions impact us and our relationships takes some work, and this bundle coaches you through specific skills to help you practice. These are skills every person is working on all the time, not just you. Managing our thoughts, behaviors and reactions takes practice, but it is so worth it. Purchase these 6 downloadable PDFs ...
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  • How Your Brain Works | TINY GUIDE BUNDLE

    $12.00This set of Tiny Guides is all about understanding how your brain processes things, why your brain functions are important, and how we can use that information to help you grow. Our brains are doing all kinds of things without us realizing; learning more about how your brain works helps you reframe situations, have more control, and not take struggles personally. Purchase these downloadable PDFs as a bundle! Down...
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  • How Your Emotions Work | TINY GUIDE BUNDLE

    $15.00This set of Tiny Guides is all about understanding what our emotions are, how they impact our thinking and behavior, and how we can use that information to feel more in control of our lives and relationships. This bundle helps you realize that understanding emotions and learning to manage them is a skill like anything else.  Purchase these 5 downloadable PDFs as a bundle! Downloads are for individual use only. If ...
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Individual Guides

  • Anger | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Feeling angry is your brain perceiving a physical or emotional threat. It’s messy. Having tools to process anger is empowering! This downloadable PDF will help you through this tough emotion!
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  • Anxiety | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00What happens when you experience anxiety? Do you freak out or slow down? Choose to regain some control, even if it's messy and hard. This downloadable pdf will help you through this tough emotion!
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  • Boundaries | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Boundaries are an important act of self-advocacy. Identify how to use boundaries to open up or close off to others. This downloadable pdf will help you create and communicate boundaries.
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  • Cognitive Load | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Your brain can only process so much. Here’s how to  re-frame challenging moments when you feel overwhelmed. This downloadable pdf will give you a better understanding of what's happening in your brain.
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  • Dignity: How To Practice | A TINY GUIDEs

    FreeWhen someone violates our dignity, our instincts react as if we’re being attacked. Learn how to transform these moments. This free downloadable pdf will walk you through how to practice dignity.
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  • Elements of Dignity | A TINY GUIDE

    FreeKnowing the Elements of Dignity enables you to have conversations that help you break unhealthy, unproductive patterns.
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  • Emotional Granularity | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Emotional granularity helps you become the architect of your experiences and creates clearer meaning in your interactions with others. This downloadable pdf will help you gain insight into your emotional experiences.
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  • Emotional Hijacking | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00We can all be hijacked by our emotions. Become aware of when and how you're being captured by your emotional responses. This downloadable pdf will help you understand why emotions feel so powerful.
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  • Frustration Points | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00You don't need permission to be frustrated. It's how you react that matters. Adapt? Avoid? Take a breath and make a plan. This downloadable pdf will help you learn how to respond when you're frustrated.
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  • Learned Helplessness | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Learned helplessness is just that, learned. You have experiences that make you believe you have no control. Here’s how to get control back. This downloadable pdf will helps you understand why getting stuck feels so hard.
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  • Metacognition | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Metacognition is thinking about your thinking. Get curious about the stories your brain is telling you. This downloadable pdf will get you curious about your thinking!
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  • Neuroplasticity | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00We have control to rewire our brains! Neuroplasticity means change is always possible. This downloadable pdf will help you think about rewiring your brain.
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  • Productive Discomfort | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Your comfort zone can't expand if you don't challenge it. Productive Discomfort is where growth and change can happen, but where is it? This downloadable pdf will help you understand why some discomfort can be helpful.
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  • Self Regulation & Self Advocacy | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Self-Regulation is choosing to reflect, re-direct, and control your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It's a practice, learn how! This downloadable pdf will guide you through strategies to self-reflect and advocate for yourself.
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  • Self-Compassion | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Self-criticism is a hard pattern to break. Self-compassion is turning towards suffering with kindness and compassion. Here’s how to do that. This downloadable pdf will help you move from criticism to self-compassion.
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  • Shame | A TINY GUIDE

    FreeShame creeps in when you feel vulnerable and erodes your sense of self-worth. Here are 3 tips to deal with shame! Don't fall for its tricks! This downloadable pdf will help you through this tough emotion!
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  • Vulnerability | A TINY GUIDE

    $3.00Vulnerability is like a diving board because it's the jumping off point for all kinds of emotions, both painful and fun. This downloadable pdf will help you understand why vulnerability is so tough.
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  • What is Dignity? | A TINY GUIDE

    FreeDignity is the inherent worth of every human. Everyone has the same amount. Here's the difference between respect and dignity. This tiny guide will lay out how dignity shifts our perspective.
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Free Guides

  • Dignity Tiny Guides in Spanish

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  • How Dignity Works | TINY GUIDE BUNDLE

    FreeThis set of Tiny Guides is all about Dignity, which is the belief that everyone matters the same amount no matter what. Dignity may seem like a simple idea, but it is actually pretty complicated.  This bundle walks you through some key questions: What is Dignity? Why does it matter? How will understanding it change my relationships? How can I practice it?
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  • Shame | A TINY GUIDE

    FreeShame creeps in when you feel vulnerable and erodes your sense of self-worth. Here are 3 tips to deal with shame! Don't fall for its tricks! This downloadable pdf will help you through this tough emotion!
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Licencing

As an educator…

  • You’re worried about your students’ well being
  • You want to create an engaging educational environment
  • You want easy to implement content for your students

As a parent…

  • You’re concerned about your child’s well being but you’re unsure where to start
  • You’re overwhelmed
  • You want to support their learning
  • You want advice and tools to guide your child

As a young person…

  • You want to understand your emotions and how to manage them
  • You want to know more about how your brain works
  • You want help maintaining your online relationships
  • You want to manage conflicts with other people

As an individual…

  • You’re seeking concrete strategies to improve your relationships
  • You’re curious about your emotions
  • You want to better manage yourself

What are tiny guides?

Tiny Guides are just that, tiny.

These Tiny Guides will help you quickly comprehend core social and emotional concepts, understand their impact on you and your relationships, and equip you with tools to put them into action.

For example, do you want to better manage your anger? Totally possible and something all of us need to work on. Want to decrease your anxiety? It’s like riding a bike; you can with practice. Want to know what shame is and how it can stop you from taking risks that are good for you? You can learn how.

Megan Saxelby provided the inspiration and source material for these Tiny Guides. Without her contribution, these tiny guides wouldn’t be tiny, they wouldn’t exist!

How to use the guides:

as a young person

  • Understand and normalize your emotions and the impact they have on you
  • Understand what’s happening in your brain
  • Get the words for how you are feeling so you don’t feel alone
  • Read the guides to think about your emotions and better understand how they impact you and you and your relationships with others.

As an individual…

  • You are seeking concrete strategies to help you manage your relationships
  • You are curious about your emotions
  • You want to better manage yourself
  • You want tools to guide your understanding

as an educator

  • Have your class read a guide (or a bunch) and discuss
  • Use them as the basis for online advisory and check ins

As a parent…

  • Have your child read a guide (or a bunch) and ask them what they thought
  • Have a better understanding of your emotions and how they might be impacting your interactions with your child
  • Print them off and leave them around your house

These Tiny Guides are especially helpful during this time of uncertainty.

Right now, many of us are experiencing a dramatic increase in anxiety, sorrow, fear, and distress. Increasing your emotional literacy will help you feel more in control and better equipped to manage the complicated emotions that are arising in this challenging time. In the words of Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, “While the world is turned on its head, we have the opportunity to leverage the power of emotional intelligence to keep our feet on the ground and our minds directed toward building the future that we want for our students and ourselves. We can’t control what has happened, but we can control how we respond to what is happening.”