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Automatic Thoughts
Automatic Thoughts
This CBT tool educates clients about automatic thoughts and the benefits of changing them. An example is given, and clients are encouraged to identify their own automatic thoughts and new replacement thoughts.

The text reads: "Our thoughts control how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Positive thoughts lead to us feeling good and negative thoughts can put us down. Sometimes our thoughts happen so quickly that we fail to notice them, but they can still affect our mood. These are called automatic thoughts. Oftentimes, our automatic thoughts are negative and irrational. Identifying these negative automatic thoughts and replacing them with new rational thoughts can improve our mood."
Gratitude Journal
Gratitude Journal
Several studies have show a link between gratitude and well-being (for one, see Emmons, R. A. & McCullough, M. E., 2003). This worksheet will act as a reminder and a guideline for clients who may be journaling for the first time.
Sleep Hygiene Handout
Sleep Hygiene Handout
Insomnia and other sleep issues are common among those with and without mental illness. The consequences of poor sleep include fatigue, inattention, reduce cognitive functioning, and other health issues. Use this sleep hygiene handout to educate clients about basic sleep tips.
Thought Log (blank)
Thought Log (blank)
The thought log is the centerpiece of clinical CBT. Use this worksheet to help clients practice identifying their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that result from specific situations. Check out our other thought logs for version with pre-populated examples.
Daily Mood Chart
Daily Mood Chart
Use this worksheet with CBT by asking clients to keep notes of the situations and thoughts that coincide with their feelings. Other ideas include tracking emotional triggers for substance use or the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.
Related tools: Weekly Mood Chart
Weekly Mood Chart
Weekly Mood Chart
Encourage clients to learn how their moods change over the course of a week. Because this worksheet spans an entire week, use it to look for larger patterns in mood changes. Try our daily mood chart for more precise recordings.
Related tools: Daily Mood Chart
Cognitive Distortions
Cognitive Distortions
Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that influence our emotions. Everyone experiences cognitive distortions to some degree, but in their more extreme forms they can be maladaptive. Use this worksheet to recognize and educate clients about irrational thought patterns that might be causing harm.

Sample copy reads: "Magnification and Minimization: Exaggerating or minimizing the importance of events. One might believe their own achievements are unimportant, or that their mistakes are excessively important."
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation
How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Research has linked mindfulness meditation with reduced anxiety, more positive emotions, and, with enough practice, permanent structural changes in the brain that sustain these benefits. This education packet defines mindfulness and its benefits, and then gives instructions on how to begin practicing.
Building Happiness (Exercises)
Building Happiness (Exercises)
External factors have very little influence on our happiness. Promotions, new relationships, and lucky lottery wins give only a temporary boost to happiness before we return to a biological baseline. Sustained happiness takes work. This education packet lists exercises that, when practiced frequently, can build habits of happiness.
Positive Journal
Positive Journal
Research indicates that frequent journaling can have positive effects on mood. This worksheet gives clients instructions and an outline to record the positive events from their day. Use this worksheet to help clients who are struggling to see the positive in their lives, and to get them started with journaling.
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