Mood diary worksheet

What is the theory behind the Mood diary worksheet?

Maintaining a mood diary is an effective strategy for mood tracking, and is commonly recommended to clients by CBT therapists.  It allows therapists to plan interventions according to mood changes experienced by clients. 

How will the worksheet help?

This is a tool which offers an interesting way for your clients to record their daily mood by using different colors. It can help therapists to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions over a period of one month.

How to use this worksheet?

This worksheet contains colors that can be assigned for each mood. Each day, choose the mood that dominated the day and use the color associated with that mood to fill the star. Doing this worksheet every week for one month will enable the therapists to keep a track of their client’s mood.

Mood diary worksheet


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You can download this worksheet here.

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