Identifying Triggers For Anxiety Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on August 9th, 2016

Worksheet updated on September 13th, 2021

Identifying Triggers For Anxiety Worksheet

Anxiety is a powerful emotion that can take a toll on a person. It can affect a person’s self-esteem, stress management skills, relationships, and performance at work and school. Anxiety can be difficult to live with but gaining an understanding of what anxiety is and how it affects a person can be a great way to learn how to manage symptoms.

Anxiety may feel as though it is happening for no reason sometimes, but there is always a trigger for the symptoms of anxiety. It is important for people who struggle with anxiety to be able to identify their own triggers.

When affected people are able to identify and understand their triggers, they can learn how to manage them so they are not so intense. They also learn how their anxiety affects their lives, which can be helpful for empowering a person with anxiety to not feel less capable than others.

Identifying triggers helps a person with anxiety learn about their own condition. It also helps to teach coping skills that mentally prepare them for moments when they are triggered.

About This Worksheet

This is the Identifying Triggers for Anxiety worksheet. This worksheet is used to help a client understand what their triggers are and how they affect their anxiety and lifestyle.

The questions on this worksheet are designed to have the client reflect on the details of their triggers, understand why they are triggers, and learn about what they have done so far that has or has not worked to manage them.

Helping a client complete this worksheet can provide the provider with details about the client to help with accurately identifying and diagnosing the client’s condition.

This worksheet is great for adults who are struggling with anxiety. It provides education about triggers for anxiety and can be helpful in individual and group settings.


This worksheet is intended to be a useful tool for helping the client learn how they are affected by their anxiety. On this worksheet, the client will be asked questions about their triggers for anxiety, and why they induce anxious feelings.

Take time to review the common triggers for anxiety with the client. Answer questions that they have about triggers for anxiety. When the client is ready, allow them time and space to complete the responses on the worksheet.

Once the client has completed the worksheet, review the results and have a discussion about their current triggers and coping skills.

This worksheet is great for beginning therapeutic work to help the client develop a deeper understanding of their anxiety and how to try new ways to manage it.

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