So after a week of yet more disheartening appointments with the community mental health team, I have come away once again feeling dissatisfied with the treatment I have received from the NHS. It is clear to see that the mental health services are really strained. Yes there should be parity in the mental and physical health services that the NHS offer, unfortunately this is simply not the case. So this time I have come away asking myself ‘what can I do to get better care?’ I have decided to start tracking my moods using an app Moodtracker, but there’s loads of different ones out there. So for this self-care Sunday’s I’ve decided to let you all know about the benefits of tracking your mood.
4 reasons to track your mood 😊✍️✨
1.)Identify triggers/warning signs
Using a mood diary allows you to spot negative thoughts/feelings when they occcur. By doing so you can monitor these entries over time to identify possible triggers that you may need to avoid.
2.)Spot the good stuff
Mood diaries aren’t just for negative thoughts or people who suffer with their mental health- they can be used to track positive emotions too. Log your mood and reflect on your feelings to identify what makes you feel good, and then do more of it!
3.)Develop wellness strategies
Reflecting on mood diary’s may give you a real lightbulb moment. It’s easy to get caught up in life and not even consider how much time we spend doing what is bad for us, or how little time we make for doing what makes us happy. Use a mood diary properly and you will reap the benefits. It is important to enter your mood regularly, reflect upon the ‘data’ and make positive changes in your life according to what you find. Basically do more of what makes you happy. ✌️✨
4.)Be active in your treatment
If you are engaging in treatment for any health issues, then a mood diary could be a great help towards that. I know when I was attending therapy sessions sometimes it was hard to recall what I was feeling or why I was feeling that way. A benefit of a mood diary is that it captures your raw mood at that exact moment, removing the problem of memory recall. Don’t be passive in your treatment, get the most out of what you’re being offered- help the professionals help you!
Have you ever tried mood tracking? How did you find it? Let me know I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Watch out for my next post on self-care in the series next Sunday!