Stress Worksheet

Use our stress worksheet templates to identify the source of patients’ stress and help them formulate a strategy to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

By Patricia Buenaventura on Jul 15, 2024.


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What is a Stress Worksheet?

A stress worksheet is a document medical practitioners give to their clients to aid them in dealing with the stress they’re feeling. When the practitioner receives a filled-out worksheet, it doubles as a tool and resource they use during their sessions to know more about their client, understand their situation, and devise a plan to help them healthily manage their stress.

Though a stress worksheet serves the purpose mentioned above, no matter who made it, its content and utilization still depend on the referring physician.

If you’re a physician needing a stress worksheet for your practice but don’t want to start from scratch, we’ve got the template just for you. In our stress worksheets, you’ll find the following:

  • Ample space where the client lists down what is stressing them out
  • A table where the client writes down the corresponding physical, mental/emotional, or behavioral symptoms for each stressor
  • An inquiry into what the consequences of their stress may be
  • A dedicated section where the client and practitioner can brainstorm for coping strategies they can adopt or an action plan they can carry out after the session

Do you want a copy of our stress worksheet? Keep reading for instructions on how to download and use the template.

Check out this video to find out more about Therapy Worksheets:

How Does it Work?

Step One. Download the Template

Access and download a copy of our printable stress worksheet template by doing either of the following:

  • Clicking the “Use this Template” or “Download Template” button above
  • Searching for the “Stress Worksheets” in Carepatron’s template library on our website or app

Step Two. Answer the Worksheet

Give your client a copy of the worksheet so they can write down their answers. Alternatively, you can have them answer the questions verbally at the beginning of your session.

Step Three. Process the Worksheet with the Client

Once you or the client have completed the worksheet, it’s best to process the answers with the client soon after. We will leave it up to you how you will approach what’s written in the worksheet.

However, by the end, we highly recommend that you provide a variety of concrete examples of how to cope with their stress and an actionable plan. That way, they have options and can decide which among them is effective.

Step Four. Store Securely

After the session, don’t forget to store the worksheets and clinical notes, if you have any, in a secure physical location or a HIPAA-compliant EHR like Careapatron.

When would you use this Template?

You can use these stress worksheet templates during a session with your client.

Aside from that, you can provide your client with a copy they can answer at their convenience and within the comfort of their home if they express concerns about feeling the following during a separate session:

  • Mental health problems are worsening
  • Racing thoughts they can’t switch off
  • Depressed, uninterested in life, or unable to enjoy things
  • Irritable, impatient, or easily angered
  • Afraid, nervous, anxious, worried, tense, overwhelmed, or constantly feeling dread
  • Lonely or neglected


Early Recognition

We’ve provided a section where patients can write down what stresses them out. With proper guidance and the use of our free stress worksheet template, the patient won’t only recognize the source of their stress but other things too, like what they can or can’t control, how they can be empowered to cope, and what they can do to when faced with another stressful situation. Recognizing these early on can help reduce the patient’s risk for health problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, etc.

Empowers the Patient

In certain circumstances, seeing all of the sources of their stress and a list of how to cope laid out in front of them can make your patient feel empowered. The template would be even more effective if you were there to guide them to brainstorm an action plan they can write down and follow beyond the four walls of your clinic.

Streamlines the Process

A ready-made stress worksheet can reduce the number of steps between booking an appointment and conducting a session. To add, the practitioner doesn’t have to worry about creating a document to note down results and storing it for future reference.

Fully Digital and Accessible

Since our stress worksheet templates are entirely digital and accessible on any gadget, you can effortlessly customize them to suit your needs, and your patient can quickly answer them in the comfort of their homes. Furthermore, if you edited the template on Carepatron, you are guaranteed that the document is securely stored on our HIPAA-compliant software.

Research & Evidence

Similar to other worksheets, only a few studies, if any, can prove a worksheet or template’s effectiveness. However, with the abundance and variety of stress worksheets being offered for download online, it can’t be denied that practitioners see the benefit of using one. To add, its effectiveness also depends on how the practitioner will utilize it in their practice and the patient’s willingness to open up and share their concerns. 

Who uses stress worksheets?
Who uses stress worksheets?

Commonly asked questions

Who uses stress worksheets?

Mental health practitioners who can benefit from using our stress worksheet templates are psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, life coaches, social workers, and more.

When do you use stress worksheets?

You use the stress worksheets, specifically a filled-up one, during a therapy session.

How is a stress worksheet used?

You use it by giving your client a copy to fill out and having it on hand to facilitate conversation, etc.

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