What is the theory behind this Looking after your mental health worksheet?
It is natural for people to experience tension, stress, and worry while under pressure. Everybody has occasional anxiety. When anxiety is severe and pervasive and interferes with daily functioning by leading us to avoid the things we are scared of, it becomes a problem. CBT and exposure therapy are effective methods for treating anxiety.
How will the worksheet help?
In order to effectively manage anxiety, it’s vital to confront feared people, places, or things. Exposure is the process of facing fears. Being conscious of your fears and how they are impacting your life is essential to the exposure process. The clients will use this worksheet to help them become more conscious of their fears and how avoiding them is impacting their lives.
How to use the worksheet?
The worksheet can be used by a therapist with the clients. The therapist will introduce this worksheet to the client during the session and give it to the client as homework to keep the record of the fears.
Anxiety exposure worksheet
Fill out the given table.
|List down the things, situations, Objects you are afraid of.||Rate the fear on 0-10 scale (0, lowest) (10, highest) How does it affect you?||How you deal with the fear?||How it is affecting your life?|
If you are afraid of dogs, list every situation related to it.
Seeing the picture of the dog.
7–I feel nauseated.
I avoid the pictures or any visual where I have to see a dog.
I can not see any movie with my friends or if I accidentally see a picture of a dog anywhere I try to avoid that place.
Herndon, J., & MFA. (n.d.). Exposure therapy for anxiety: What to expect and effectiveness. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/exposure-therapy-for-anxiety
What is exposure therapy? (2017, July 31). https://www.apa.org. https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/exposure-therapy
Sars, D., & van Minnen, A. (2015). On the use of exposure therapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders: a survey among cognitive behavioural therapists in the Netherlands. BMC psychology, 3(1), 26.
You can download this worksheet here.