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On this page, we will provide you with a Hot Cross Bun worksheet.  It will help you to understand the hot cross bun model.

What is a Hot Cross Bun worksheet?

The term Hot cross bun was first coined by Christine padesksy. It is an analogy used to describe the cognitive-behavioral model’s 5 aspects, that how thoughts, behaviors, situation, physical symptoms, and emotions are all interlinked and connected with each other. You learn to distinguish how circumstances, situations, and behaviors impact your emotions. It is a collaborative approach.  

How will a Hot Cross Bun worksheet help?

The worksheet will help you in understanding the CBT model with the help of such simple examples. Hot Cross bun is a bakery item used in the UK it is made with currants or raisins and at the top t is marked with a  cross. That’s how the cross is used as an analogy to make you understand the concept of CBT. 

Instructions on how to use the Hot Cross Bun worksheet

Fill the worksheet carefully. After filling it, you will get to know how your behavior depends on your perception. There are five elements which are:

  1. Situation: The triggering factor,
  2. Thought: How you interpret the situation, positive and negative
  3. Physical Symptoms: Bodily symptoms
  4. Emotion:  How you feel. If thought is positive, then feelings will be positive.
  5. Behavior:  How you react to the stimulus.

You can download this worksheet here.

Other  worksheets you may be interested in

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



Getting Good at Turning Down the Mad!” – Tracking Breaks and Hot and Cool Thoughts – Large Blocks Worksheets


On this page, we provided you with a Hot Cross Bun worksheet, which hopefully helped you to understand the hot cross bun model.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

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.