Keeping a journal can be extremely valuable in fighting depression. When you’re making the effort to change your way of thinking, writing things down can help make the changes stick.
Some books on depression, and some articles here on Smash Depression, recommend written exercises with 2 or more columns. Structured worksheets can come in handy for these exercises. This page collects simple, printable worksheets that you might find useful.
Recognizing, Challenging, Replacing “Automatic Negative Thoughts”
In the post “Cognitive Therapy for Depression: How to Get Started”, we outlined one useful exercise for countering “automatic negative thoughts”. The free ebook 5 Powerful Habits to Fight Depression also recommends this exercise. Here’s a printable PDF worksheet you can use.