Let’s Talk About Feelings: Create a Mood Tracker This New Years

Let’s Talk About Feelings: Create a Mood Tracker This New Years

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Let’s Talk About Feelings: Create a Mood Tracker This New Years

 

Let’s Talk About Feelings: Create a Mood Tracker This New Years 

Mental health has become a hot button topic in the last decade. But it is safe to say COVID-19 had a major impact on people’s mental health. Isolation, missed opportunities, and lost loved ones all contributed to our society’s emotional experience during the pandemic. Good new year’s resolutions this year should ideally focus on health resolutions. Hence, as part of our  ongoing series on helping you achieve a healthier new year, we thought it would be worth exploring the benefits of being mindful of one’s feelings. 


All this can be achieved through a creating mood tracker, which is a chart that helps you identify your overall mental state on a particular day. Tracking your emotions, behaviors, and habits over a period of time can help you get a sense of your mood, a vital tool towards understanding yourself. Work stress and other obligations can make us easily lose sight of how we’re feeling over the course of a few months, so it is important to log how you're feeling, as well as how often you’re feeling it. Here are some parameters to keep in mind when creating a mood tracker.


  • Pick a Format: If you’re the kind of person who prefers a handwritten charting method, try drawing out a basic calendar and use different colors to track your habits. Otherwise, for our busier readers, using an online calendar or mood tracking app is also incredibly helpful. 
  • Choose Your Parameters: This will depend on your own personal new year goals
      1. Do you want to get more sleep? 
      2. Do you want to drink less? 
      3. Do you want to keep an eye on your temperament? 
      4. Would you want to figure out how often you experience anxiety? 
      5. What kind of mood booster pills, medications, or mood support supplements are you taking? 

    Set a few parameters for yourself to watch over. But make sure you prioritize your overall emotional state on a particular day.   

  • Create a Scale: Emotion exists on a wide spectrum. You are not likely to feel any extremes in moods day to day, which is why it is important to assign a scale of sorts to your emotions. Here’s an example of what your scale could look like: 
        1. 1- Extremely Depressed
        2. 2- Very Depressed
        3. 3- Somewhat Depressed
        4. 4- Mildly Depressed
        5. 5- Stable
        6. 6- Mildly Happy 
        7. 7- Somewhat Happy 
        8. 8- Very Happy 
        9. 9-Extremely Happy
  • Stay Regular: Make sure you track your mood regularly. Consistency is key, and spotty record-keeping won’t give you the most accurate results. Try and set a reminder on your phone to update your mood tracker at the same time every day until a habit is formed. But don’t be too hard on yourself if you skip a day or two in a month. 
  • Tracking mood is an underrated but integral part of recovering from emotional distress, anxiety, and mood disorders. It can also help you keep track of other wellness factors such as sleep, water intake, medication, and substance use. Therapy, exercise, meditation, social engagements, and supplements are all great ways to improve your mental health. HerbsDaily offers a wide range of mood support vitamins as well as herbal mood support to naturally and safely enhance your mood. 

    PLEASE NOTE:

    HerbsDaily is not a crisis resource. If you or a loved one feel suicidal or have self-harm thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).  

     

    References: 

    1. Gibson, Cameron [R.C.C] (2020). How to Create a Mood Chart for Yourself WikiHow

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