The rise of mental health awareness enables people to be more attuned to their feelings making mood tracking a common practice. Planners and journals are incorporating mood this feature, encouraging users to be more aware of their feelings. Ikigai Notes’ Mood Tracker is a bit different from the common mood trackers.
Ikigai Notes made it easier for you to track your mood denoted by different emojis on the Daily page. It also tracks your mood in the morning and in the evening acknowledging the fact that your mood may change in a day. All you need is a few minutes in the morning and evening to circle the emoji close to what you are feeling.
The Ikigai Notes planner also features a space for morning and evening reflections as well as a free writing space. You may use these to expound on why and how you felt that way that time of day. Take time to consider what might have caused your mood — including the behaviours or actions from yourself or other people. Also, reflect on whether or not this situation is something that can be resolved.
At the end of the week or month, review your mood tracker and pick apart the data. You will be surprised to learn more about your emotions and yourself doing this practice. Your mood is an important factor in your goal setting for the different aspects of your life – Self, Relations, Work. A goal could be prioritising self-care, mending relationships, or reducing stressors in work.
Doing a self-check-in regularly is a powerful way to take care of your mental health. How we feel is triggered by a certain situation or action and keeping a log of it has a positive effect in acknowledging our feelings. Tracking your mood and emotions has a myriad of benefits. To reap these benefits, one must commit to doing it daily.
A general guide to using the Mood Tracker
With regards to the question, “what do the emojis mean?” as a general guide we provide the following annotations inside Ikigai Notes. Of course, this is just a guide and certainly we don’t assume that you only have ten emotions everyday. However you can use these emojis, five in the morning and five in the evening, to reflect what you’re feeling at the moment. If you have mix feelings you can expound on your mood on the lines provided. You’re free to choose what the emojis mean to you on that particular moment.
It’s your mood and reflection so in principle you can write anything you feel or think at that moment. Make it simple, real, and honest. Here’s an example of my reflection this morning:
Improve your overall mental health
People often pay no mind to their mood, often brushing off how they feel just to get through the day. There are times that people shut their feelings thinking that it will be a burden to their friends, families and co-workers. However, this attitude could do more harm than good, especially for our mental health.
Mood is a central aspect of mental health and tracking it everyday will help you understand it. In some cases, Ikigai Notes mood tracker is useful for people suffering from mental health conditions like depression and anxiety to help identify and regulate moods. A mood tracker is a visual indicator of your feelings daily.
Know your triggers and patterns
By tracking your mood, you will see a pattern in your emotions. What made you feel that way? Properly tracking your mood for a period of time will show the triggers, actions and events that make you happy or upset. Your moods or emotions are influenced by various internal and external factors, such as:
- amount of sleep
- living space and workplace
- interactions you have with others
Ikigai Notes’ mood tracker can serve as your logbook of the things that cause you unhappiness, anger, stress, anxiety, etc. Then you can decide what to do next like avoiding situations that give rise to negative feelings and doing the things that fuel positive emotions.
Know when to ask for support
Being attuned to your feelings enables you to know how other people are affecting you. If a certain person is causing you happiness, you may want to express your gratitude to that person. If a person is making you unhappy or angry, you may want to create a boundary and let him/her know what you can and can’t tolerate. Moreover, you will know if you are suffering from mental health disorder and you can immediately seek help or talk to someone.
Help doctors give an accurate diagnosis
Ikigai Notes’ mood tracker is a tool that can give amazing insights into your condition when you chose to see a mental health professional. You may seek the help of a therapist, psychiatrist, doctor, or counsellor to deal with your mental well-being. It will be an invaluable resource for health professionals to know what is going on and how to help you. It will also direct the appropriate treatment or therapy for your condition.
Besides tracking your mood Ikigai Notes is more. It’s a unique planner that helps you deal with your Life Tasks and discover your “Ikigai” (or your purpose) in life.