The 6 best apps to track your mood
Technology can be both a blessing and a curse in today’s society. But as glass-half-full thinkers, we like to celebrate the ways that technology can help people access support, therapeutic advice, and provide an easier way to complete mood tracking.
Mood tracking, negative thoughts, and behaviours is so important for positive wellbeing and mental health, as well as mental illness recovery. It helps people to:
- Stay attuned to their thoughts and feelings, learning more about themselves and becoming more mindful.
- Notice patterns and triggers that they may not have been aware of before, especially links between thoughts and feelings.
- Share any fluctuations in mood with their mental health professional to use in treatment.
Here are 6 excellent apps that help people track their moods, thoughts, and behaviours:
MoodPanda is a great interactive mood tracking diary, that you can update as frequently as you like. It shows graphs of your mood, allowing you to notice patterns and fluctuations over days, weeks, and months. Or, you can see your mood on a calendar that you can print out and take along to therapy.
Mood Tracker takes mood monitoring a step further by including information on sleep patterns and medication reminders. The other fantastic part of this tool is that it can send alerts to your supports when you are struggling, and your supports and mental health professionals can access the information you put into the app (with permission of course). This interaction between people and their supports is SO helpful.
While Smiling Mind is a great app for practicing mindfulness at all ages, it also helps you track your progress and mood/emotional states before and after meditation. This can be a helpful way to track the benefits of meditation!
Not technically a mood tracking diary, but a personalised journal written in grid format. You can write your own daily prompts for exercise, mood, gratitude etc.
Thought Diary Pro
An app that takes the important therapeutic process of thought challenging from the therapy room to your phone. It allows you to track your negative or anxious thoughts, triggering events, unhelpful thinking styles, and more balanced, helpful thought alternatives. You also have the great benefit of emailing the thought diary to your therapist if wanted.
Mood & Anxiety Diary
This simple but effective app allows you to record your mood and levels of anxiety at regular intervals to help you to recognize the factors which may be impacting on emotional state.
There you have it! I’d love to hear about any of your great mental health app suggestions?