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What is a Mood Diary?

A mood diary is a form of journaling focused on mood tracking. Instead of simply logging daily activities, you assess how these activities impact your emotions and mental well-being.

It’s not limited to negative feelings; positive emotions also play a significant role, highlighting the intricate connection between ecstasy and anxiety, for instance.

Many healthcare professionals advocate for accurate recording of feelings alongside thoughts. This approach helps individuals objectively monitor emotions, identifying triggers for stronger or seemingly uncontrollable emotional responses.

Whether dealing with minor concerns or potential mood disorders, a mood tracker offers valuable insights for self-awareness and mental health management.

Download HHS Wellbeing’s Child Friendly Printable Mood Diary:

Downloadable Mood Diary from HHS Wellbeing

Why it is important to track your feelings in a Mood Diary:

Tracking your moods through journaling serves several important purposes:

  1. Identifying Mood Issues: Understanding your current mood and recognizing patterns can be pivotal for individuals navigating complex emotional landscapes, particularly those grappling with dissociative depression or similar conditions.
  2. Processing Adverse Emotions: While therapy might not always be accessible or immediate in its effects, a mood journal offers a self-guided avenue for addressing persistent emotions. Whether managing post-traumatic stress disorder or everyday stressors, journaling provides a means of self-reflection and emotional management.
  3. Observing Behavioural Patterns: Much like a bullet journal organizes tasks, a mood journal helps individuals understand their emotional rhythms and triggers. By documenting thoughts and feelings, one gains insight into recurring patterns and external factors influencing mood, such as diet, sleep, exercise, and environmental conditions.
  4. Developing an Action Plan: Amidst the whirlwind of emotions, it can be challenging to discern a clear path forward. A mood journal serves as a reflective tool, empowering individuals to devise actionable strategies for emotional well-being. Whether it’s reducing stress from business travel or addressing other sources of emotional turmoil, journaling facilitates self-awareness and personal growth.

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