Mood Trackers are not secret diaries you hide under your pillow

Want to keep track of your mood and learn more about yourself? A mood tracker might be just the thing you need.

Dasha Romanova
16th November 2021
Image from Pixabay: @picjumbo_com
Some scoff at the idea of a journal. This stems from the memory of writing their secrets; heartbreaking crushes, sibling rivalry, future aspirations, and so on, in a spiral notebook (under lock and key if their parents played into the idea) and stashing it in the back of a drawer or under a mattress. 

But journals as they exist today are not these flimsy heart stamped pages you might remember from your childhood. They are tools for a better mental health. Mood journal health benefits include, but are not limited to: recognising your triggers, realising when you’re stuck in a rut, knowing what brings you joy, and finally, understanding what steps you need to take going forward to better live your life. 

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You might be tempted from here to delve straight away into journaling page upon page, narrating your day in detail. While this is definitely a step in the right direction, many struggle to keep up with this after a while. Furthermore, after particularly challenging day, sitting down and reliving the past 24 hours might feel a little too daunting. It’s easy to be put off if the bar is set so high from the go. 

A way to ease yourself in is through a mood tracker. 

A mood tracker divides a page into the amount of days in the respective month. This can be done by simply using a grid, but also allows for more artistic interpretations, such as hanging lightbulbs, Polaroid pictures or a gum ball machine. From here you shade the numbered sections using a key device to fit your usual moods. Using a mood tracker in this way offers complete control over how you document your feelings each day, without the strain of having to justify your mood with lengthy logs. Using coloured pens does not diminish a journal’s impact; if anything, it increases the likelihood that you'll want to open its pages; the contents of your day eventually forming a rainbow of balanced emotions, growth and self-love. 

Using a mood tracker in this way offers complete control over how you document your feelings each day, without the strain of having to justify your mood with lengthy logs.

If this format is not to your liking but you still want to understand more about why you’re feeling the way you are, how your mood changes throughout a month, or simply to use it as a way to keep track of the fast-moving world around you, there are several digital options available other than the trusty Microsoft Spreadsheet.

  • Daylio Journal is a mood diary and happiness tracker, with an option to see your year in pixels as well as explore your weekly journey. 
  • Reflectly (editor’s choice in the Apple App Store), describes itself as an AI journal that’s like your best friend. This app seems to provide more motivation and options for a deeper look into your day-to-day mental well-being. 
  • And finally a personal favourite: DailyBean. It's a simple app that resembles a bullet journal on your screen and not only allows you to document your moods, but also your healthy habits, chores and routines. 

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