Monday, May 06, 2013

Let's Try: Tracking our mood for one week

During my battle with depression a couple years ago, my therapist extolled the benefits of keeping a mood journal. Every day, you should write down how you're feeling and rate your mood on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "I feel so depressed that I can't even get out of bed" to 10 being "I feel great; what's depression again?" In a time when it was hard to even understand my emotions from one day to the next, putting a number to my feelings really helped to put things in focus.

If only I'd known about MoodHacker back then. The free site lets you track your mood and offers mood-boosting tips and techniques. You can also see daily, weekly and monthly summaries to get the big picture. I thought it would be fun to track my mood over the course of a week. Want to join me? Here's what I'm thinking: Simply sign up to get started tracking your mood. Then come back every day to rate your mood. I'll be sharing my results next Monday, but for now, here's how my day #1 is shaping up...
What do you think, friends? Are you game? This should be quite interesting... xoxo


  1. What a great idea, no matter what your mental condition is! My family is coping with a mental health crisis right now and I'm so aware of my susceptibility to it–I think being more vigilant about my feelings is a good place to start!

  2. I'm so sorry, Lena -- thinking of you. It's definitely not easy...

  3. This is wonderful. A few years ago I went through PPD and would have loved this. Right now I'm having a difficult time sleeping and wonder if this could shead some ligth on the reason. Tottally game for tracking my mood for a week.

  4. Awesome, samantha! sorry to hear about your ppd...i had lots of trouble sleeping when i was depressed. what has worked for you in the past?

  5. This is great, Melissa! Thank you for sharing.


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