Essential Life Skills (2022)

Self Help Worksheets

There are a number of free and low cost, self help worksheets available. These can be downloaded for free or purchased as PDF documents or a hard copy can be sent to you through the post. Please specify which you would prefer when purchasing. We hope to be able to produce all the worksheets in the form of a book so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

All of the free worksheets are protected by a creative commons license, so they are free to download and distribute non commercially. Please do not remove the footers which credit the original source.

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Essential Life Skills Free Worksheets by Katherine Clark are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://www.essentiallifeskills.org.

Useful Contacts (UK)

Information and contact details of useful mental health services and helplines, including ones available over the holiday period.

Essential Life Skills (2) Useful Contacts (UK) Plain font 2022.pdf
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Weekly Schedule

Available free of charge and for use to help when planning in structured activities. You may chosse to use these to help you get through a difficult time or you may decide to make these part of your regular routine.

Essential Life Skills (3) Weekly Schedule.pdf
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Monthly Diary Sheets

Six page diary sheets which can be printed and used regardless of the month or year. There is space for adding in appointments, weekly goals and achievements plus a front sheet that includes a monthly to do list and a month overview which can be used to record mood or tick off daily tasks such as taking medication.

Essential Life Skills (4) Diary sheet 1.pdf
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Mood Diaries

Available free of charge and for recording your mood at regular intervals throughout the day. They can be a helpful tool for identifying patterns and triggers and can give the user a clear tool for communicating mood over a given period. They can be a helpful aid when seeking professional support with a mood disorder such as depression.

Essential Life Skills (5) Mood Diaries.pdf
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Mood Wall

Visual tool for measuring mood over a longer period of time. Each brick of the wall represents a day in the month and you can chose what colour you would like to represent your mood on a ten point scale.

Essential Life Skills (6) Mood Wall.pdf
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Food and Mood Diaries

Available free of charge and for using when tracking diet and mood, and how each effects the other.

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Spending Diary Sheets

Available free of charge and designed to help track spending over a given period. The information gathered can be used to develop a better understanding of spending patterns.

Essential Life Skills (8) Spending Diary Sheet.pdf
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Thought Records

Available free of charge and a useful tool to help the individual identify and challenge negative and unhelpful thought patterns.

Essential Life Skills (9) Thought Record.pdf
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Managing Stress


A worksheet to help you to log the things that are causing you stress, your stress levels, what you are doing to manage your stress and how effective that technique was and lowering your stress levels. There is also a prompt sheet with techniques grouped according to how they work.

Essential Life Skills (10) Stress Management Techniques.pdf
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Mindfulness Body Scan Colouring Page

Free colouring page to assist with a mindfulness body scan. The idea is that the individual works through their own body, focusing on one area at a time, considering how that part feels, whether it is tense, relaxed, comfortable, in pain, warm, cold, and so on. They then colour the corresponding area of the body diagram with a colour that helps represent that feeling. For instance, they may choose a blue colour for coldness and red for heat or pain. Another colour, such as green, colour represent a relaxed or comfortable state.

Essential Life Skills (11) Mindfulness Colouring Body Scan.pdf
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Work in Progress

This worksheet is for individuals to use as a prompt to remind themselves of the positive work they are doing to improve their situation, and opportunity to reflex and develop insight and think about the progress they have made.

Essential Life Skills (12) Work in Progress (1).pdf
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Healthy Habits Log


Available free of charge and can be used to help record and prompt healthy behaviours. The idea is that they will give the individual an idea of their behaviour, routines and help them to recognise any unhealthy patterns of behaviour and act as prompts to healthier behaviour.

Essential Life Skills (13) Healthy Habits Log (1).pdf
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Healthy Habit Log - Daily Log Sheets


If you are someone who likes to record a bit more information here's the Healthy Habits Log in daily form.

Essential Life Skills (14) Healthy Habits Log (Daily Sheets).pdf
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Healthy Habits Tick & Stick Sheet

Free of charge worksheet designed to motivate and support the individual in the development of new healthy routines.

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24 Hour Clock

Worksheet to help track your activity over a 24-hour period

Essential Life Skills (16) 24 hour clock.pdf
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Project Planning Worksheet


Free of charge worksheet to help with planning larger projects that might take time to complete.

Essential Life Skills (17) Project Plan.pdf
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Goal Setting Worksheets

Free of charge worksheets to help the individual plan, set and achieve their goals.

Essential Life Skills (18) Goals Sheet.pdf
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Action Planning Worksheet


Free of charge worksheet to help with action planning. The worksheet provides space for actions, any steps to completing the action, who will complete these and the time and which this needs to be done by.

Essential Life Skills (19) Action Plan.pdf
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Personal Wellbeing Plan

Free of charge worksheet designed to help people recognise their own personal warning signs and triggers and develop a plan that can be followed when the need arises. These plans can be especially helpful for someone who is prone to becoming overwhelmed by stress or suffers with a mental health issue.

Essential Life Skills (20) Personal Wellbeing Plan (1).pdf
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Creating Balance

Visual worksheet to help identify imbalances in a persons lifestyle and understand the kind of activities that can help offset those imbalances.

Essential Life Skills (21) Creating Balance (2).pdf
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Understanding Your Own Mental Health

A good accompanimentto the Personal Wellbeing Plan, this worksheet aims to assist the individual in developing their self awareness and understanding of what it means for them to be well and unwell. The worksheet has prompts for varous characteristics that make up a personswellbeingand give space to explore how each of these characteristics are affected by a period of unwellness.

Essential Life Skills (22) Understanding Your Own Mental Health.pdf
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How to Create an Emotional First Aid Kit


Simple, easy to follow instructions for creating your own emotional first aid kit.

Essential Life Skills (23) Emotional First Aid Kit.pdf
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Wall of Resilience

Worksheet designed to help you to think about what activities do you have in your life or would like to build into your life to help you maintain your wellbeing and manage stress.

Essential Life Skills (24) Wall of Resilience.pdf
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Shopping List

Simple, easy to use shopping list which the individual can print out and use as a checklist to identify items needed (and cross of anything not needed) and the as a tick list while out shopping.

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Meal Planner

Simple, easy to use meal planning worksheet aimed to help the individual plan out their meals for the coming week with space for listing components/ingredients needed and any shopping that needs to be done for that weeks meals.

Essential Life Skills (26) Meal Planner.pdf
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A Beginners Guide to Facebook

A printable version of the blog posts of the same name.

Essential Life Skills (27) Facebook Factsheet.pdf
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A Beginners Guide to Attending a Zoom Meeting

A printable, easy to follow guide for anyone wanting to attend a Zoom meeting for the first time.

Essential Life Skills (28) Using Zoom factsheet.pdf
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No Cold Callers Notice

Free printable notice to display in your window to notify cold callers that you do not engage with uninvited sales persons.

Essential Life Skills (29) No Cold Calling Notice.pdf
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Mental Health First Aid Kit Colouring Page

Free colouring page to download, print and colour.

Essential Life Skills (30) My Mental Health First Aid Kit.pdf
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Thank you NHS Colouring Page

Free colouring page to download, colour and put in your window.

Essential Life Skills (31) Thank you NHS Workers (1).pdf
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