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On this page, we will provide you with a worksheet that is a distress tolerance handout 3: half-smile worksheet, which will help you effectively deal with distressing situations.

What is a distress tolerance handout 3: half-smile worksheet about?

Our emotions reflect in our gestures, for such times the worksheet teaches us to deal with the distressing situation smartly by putting a smile on our faces. The worksheet is about taking control of your body sensations and messages we give to ourselves. Our mind and our body have a deeper connection, the messages we give to our mind reflect in our body, the same way if we will give positive messages to our brain by smiling, our brain will get the message that everything's under control.  Hence, our mind and body both will get relaxed. 

How will distress tolerance handout 3: half-smile worksheet help?

This worksheet is about helping you to tackle a distressful situation by having a half-smile on your face and you will feel more relaxed and satisfied. Distress tolerance refers to the state of dealing with distressing situations effectively, the worksheet refers to the trick of smiling, there are times in our life where we don't feel like smiling, times when we feel down and sad, for such times smiling is a good positive message we give to ourselves. 

Instructions on how to use distress tolerance handout 3: half-smile worksheet.

whenever you are feeling distressed take this worksheet out and think about which situation you are in and act accordingly. Read the daily half-smile at night and record your whole day. 

Other  worksheets you may be interested in

Below are links to a few more worksheets which are closely related to the worksheet above.

Distress Tolerance Handout #2: Observing your breath Worksheet

Distress Thermometer Worksheet

Distress Tolerance Handout #1: Distracting Worksheet


On this page, we provided you with a distress tolerance handout 3: half-smile worksheet, which hopefully helped you effectively deal with distressing situations.

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Mental help Resources

The worksheets on this site should not be used in place of professional advice from a mental health professional. 

You should always seek help from a mental health professional or medical professional. We are not providing any advice or recommendations here.

There are various resources where you can seek help.

You could use Online-Therapy if you feel you need counselling.

If you live in the UK then this list of resources from the NHS may help you find help.

If you live in the USA then you could contact Mental Health America who may be able to assist you further.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.