In my journey with both chronic and mental illness, I created many mental health printables that have helped me put into practice what I have learned in counseling and from my psychiatrist about taking care of my mental health.
Your mental health is greatly impacted by chronic illness. For instance, living with chronic pain can chip away at your mental stability. If you already have a mental illness, then that chronic pain can worsen your condition.
I know because I have lived it. After 2 years of living with chronic pain, I had my first manic episode and learned I am indeed Bipolar. I am not saying that my chronic pain caused my Bipolar 1 Disorder (you either have it or you don’t–it just takes time to completely manifest itself.) But, my chronic illness could be what triggered the mania (and later the depression.)
In my recovery from that manic episode, I learn about relapse prevention and how to achieve it. I used these printable mental health worksheets and templates to keep track and work through my mood changes and struggles. I began taking my mental illness more seriously and proactively seeking ways to improve my mental health and wellness.
I learned many mental health strategies and activities (most of them from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.) Addressing my cognitive (or thinking) patterns and distortions in an honest and logical way helped me become more aware of how my thoughts can either help or hurt my overall mental health.
I also began using a journal to track my moods and work through my thoughts and reactions in a positive way.
I found myself creating worksheets and printables that made it easy and quick for me to improve my mental health and decrease my chances for a relapse of mania or depression. I guess it is the former English teacher in me that can’t help create easy ways to learn new things and put them into practice.
I want to share these with you and I hope they help you as much as they have helped me~
Mental Health Printables & Worksheets
Here are some examples of printable mental health worksheets that you can download from my FREE Resource Library:
Mood Trackers and Bullet Journal Inserts and Templates
It is important to keep track of your mood so that you can give an accurate picture of how you have been feeling when you meet with your mental health professional. (i.e. psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist) This can greatly help them decide how well your current treatment plan is working or if there needs to be some adjustments.
This circle mood tracker template is great for a bullet journal layout or to simply print at letter size and keep in a medical binder or journal.
Bullet journaling is a creative way to keep track of and improve your mental health. It is so relaxing to color in these great bullet journal templates.
For situations when detail and accuracy are vital for your treatment, these letter size mood tracker mental health printables are perfect. In my Mental Health Resource Library, you will find mood tracker charts specifically for Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression.
When you suffer from Depression, negative thoughts and feelings can often spiral downward and out of control. (Disclaimer: You should always seek professional medical help first.) Learning to address and work through those negative thoughts is a cornerstone of the way Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works. These Depression worksheets were created to print and use easily.
Self-talk is something that we do automatically when we replay certain thoughts in our minds over and over again. Sometimes these thoughts are negative (especially when we are feeling depressed and hopeless.) Often distorted thoughts require conscious effort to work through them and replace them with more positive self-talk.
Taking our negative thoughts and looking at them from a different perspective (called thought reframing) is something you can do to improve your mental health.
This Daily Mood Tracker Chart for Depression allows you to keep track of your medication as well as your mood levels. It also has a notes section for identifying unusual events for each day of the month.
Living with anxiety is often filled with worry and fear. Many things can be a trigger for you and figuring out how to deal with them in a healthy way is vital for the treatment. (And definitely any medications prescribed
Keeping a Thought Log or Thought Record for Anxiety is a great way to keep track of your negative or positive thoughts. You can also keep track of the progress you are making when you learn to give a different perspective from your negative thoughts and fears.
Having an Anxiety Disorder often comes with many triggers or fears. In therapy, I learned an acronym for F.E.A.R. that helped me worked through my distorted thoughts and beliefs. F=False E=Evidence A=Appearing R=Real
This daily mood tracker chart for Anxiety Disorders is designed specifically with the symptoms and variations of mood most often experienced. It also has a log for taking your medication and noting any unusual circumstances or triggers for each day of the month.
Symptom Tracker Printable
Mental illnesses can also produce physical symptoms. You may notice certain physical symptoms are warning signs that you need to seek your doctor’s intervention. With my Bipolar Disorder, there are certain physical symptoms I notice when I am getting manic or depressed. I also use this Symptom Tracker Printable Chart for my chronic illnesses. It helps me quickly report to my doctor what has been going on and what needs to be addressed as part of my treatment plan.
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