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Gratitude Exercises
Gratitude Exercises
Research in positive psychology indicates that those who practice gratitude have lower self-reported levels of depression and stress, and they're more satisfied with their social relationships. Not only that, but the effects can be long-lasting.

This worksheet summarizes a few exercises to help clients begin practicing gratitude...
Related tools: Gratitude Journal
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script
Use this script to guide clients in progressive muscle relaxation. It'll be important to provide additional education about the purpose and benefits of the exercise, and to encourage clients to practice on their own. Don't be afraid to adjust the script to make it your own--this is just a framework of the exercise.

The introductory text reads: "Progressive muscle relaxation is an exercise that reduces stress and anxiety in your body by having you slowly tense and then relax each muscle...
Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation Techniques
Educate clients about the use of deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery for relaxation. This printout gives a brief description of the fight-or-flight response and step-by-step instructions on how to use each relaxation technique.
Positive Steps to Wellbeing
Positive Steps to Wellbeing
Quick tips to help a client improve their mood and wellbeing.
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Recognizing Stress
Recognizing Stress
Clients identify their physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of stress. Pair this worksheet with the "Symptoms of Stress" education packet for more information about the effects of stress. After identifying symptoms, clients are asked to explore them in more depth.
Related tools: Symptoms of Stress
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.
Symptoms of Stress
Symptoms of Stress
Educate clients about stress with this list of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms.
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