Behavioural Activation Worksheet for Anxiety

What is the theory behind this Behavioural Activation Worksheet for Anxiety?

Behavior Activation (BA) is an intervention that helps individuals monitor their day to day activities to identify helpful and unhelpful behaviours. It also promotes goal-setting and value guided behaviour in hopes of improving one’s overall well-being, quality of life and cultivating positive thinking.  Although originally used for depression, recent evidence suggests it can also be useful for managing anxiety symptoms.

How will the worksheet help?

The worksheet is based on Activity Monitoring which clients can use to log their daily activities. This is a key requirement for planning further according to behavioural activation intervention as it will help the therapist highlight the avoidance behaviours that are maintaining one’s anxiety. Once they are identified, activity planning can be done in accordance with graded exposure. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct clients to use the worksheet to log their day to day activities for a week. Along with what the activity is, it would also be helpful to mention where it happened and if applicable who was with them at the time. Time slots can be written in hourly intervals from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed.

Behavioural Activation Worksheet for Anxiety

Use the Activity Monitoring Sheet below to keep track of all your day to day activities (what- when – where- who). In the time column, begin with the time you wake up and divide it into hourly intervals till the time you go to bed. For e.g 9:30 – 10:30 am , 10:30 – 11:30 am etc. 



Hopko, D. R., Robertson, S. M. C., & Lejuez, C. W. (2006). Behavioral activation for anxiety disorders.The Behavior Analyst Today, 7(2), 212–232. 

You can download this worksheet here.

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