I think that journaling is often a daunting task. It can be time-consuming, feel useless, or even have no positive effect on my mental health at all.
Some even believe that it’s embarrassing to have a notebook in which you jot down the inner workings of your mind and the happenings of your day — I used to be that way. Maybe, there’s even a certain type of mindset in which you have to be in order to start writing.
An example of the trend you can see over time.
For the past month or so, I’ve been using an app called “Daylio”, available only via Google Play. It’s a diary, but it’s not a diary; it’s a mood tracker, but it’s not a mood tracker.
The app is simple to use and provides a lot of information about your life. Every time you choose to make an entry, whether it’s because of a reminder or gut instinct, you tap on one of five moods, ranging from amazing to awful, and what you’ve been up to. You can also choose to write a couple of sentences describing in further detail. All of this can take anywhere from five seconds to a minute, and I’ve set it to remind me to make an entry every two hours.
The best part about it is that it provides a graph of your mood, which you can watch progress throughout the month. Each day’s data point is an average of your overall mood, something that I wish could be improved with being able to see every entry “flow” throughout the day.
If you’re just looking to see which days are better than others, what activities make you happy, or just try and find any patterns that are relevant to your life, a mood tracker like Daylio is an awesome tool to make you more mindful about your current state of mind.
I’ve found great use out of the app because it’s quick and lets me know what activities make me happier and feel better. In turn, I can do more of those activities, like go for a walk when it’s sunny out or spend time with my girlfriend. It’s especially useful for those times when you can feel yourself going into a “mood slump” so you can proactively put yourself in a better position.
I hope more of you guys can incorporate retrospective awareness on your own lives so you can take control of it and in turn, be more successful.
Thanks for reading,