Becoming more aware of your mood, monitoring it on a regular basis holds many benefits for both maintaining health, and aiming interventions during periods of mental unwellness.
Benefits of mood monitoring on your smartphone
- Quick, easy, cheaper than therapy (often free!)
- Freedom to participate at times that suit you
- Ability to set up reminders
- Sharing data with social networks as a means to access support
- Visually appealing to track progress (e.g. improvement, deterioration, stability)
- Being more aware of changes in symptoms means that you can reach out for therapeutic help sooner
How to select the best mood monitoring app for you
When selecting an app to assist you in monitoring your mood or emotions, keep this in mind:
- Set up a goal for your mood monitoring e.g.
- Having more positive days than not
- Monitoring warning signs of a relapse
- Identifying activities that trigger good/bad moods
- If you are in therapy, consider linking your therapist to your data. Should you miss warning signs, your therapist can identify therapeutic needs and adjust the intervention as needed.
- Use the app’s reminder function. Make it a special ritual in your day (e.g. doing your data collection while having your afternoon tea) so that you are more likely to remember.
- Don’t be an all or nothing person: Some data is better than none.
- Create a regular opportunity to review your data and reflect on it. You can have all the data in the world and never think about what it means – what’s the point in that?
- Insight is not the same as change. Use those reflections and move into action.
There are many apps available, so play around to find the one that will work best. At this point in time the apps I have enjoyed include Daylio, Emoods, Imood Journal.
Should you require additional support in managing your mood, feel free to book a session with me so that you can remain on top of those big feelings!