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5 Reasons for Using a Mood Tracking App

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a personal assistant that's there to make your life a whole lot easier? A mood tracking app can give you a taste for what that could be like. Keeping a record of the things that make you feel on top of the world and down in the dumps allows you to make better decisions. Mood tracking with an app provides insight on the things that you should be valuing more and the process of actually tracking your mood can be rewarding.

When I was really struggling with my mental health, a former therapist of mine recommended for me to use Youper. I've been using this app for almost 2 years and there's very little to dislike about it. I haven't had to pay a dime for it to get decent mental health assistance in the good times and the bad times.

After almost 2 years of experience with Youper, outlined below are 5 reasons why I'd recommend for you to use a mood tracking app.

1. You can let your hair down.

You may feel restricted to experience the magnitude of your emotions as you go about your day. It's normal to throw temper tantrums here and there when we're growing up but we can't really start kicking and screaming when we don't get our way as adults. A big part of being an adult is knowing how to act well in specific scenarios and emotion regulation plays a big role in that.

Let's say you're having a hot moment with really unpleasant emotions. What's one good thing you can do? Open your mood tracking app. You put a finger on what you're feeling, how intense it is and what led to that state. You can let your feelings out without fear of criticism or judgment whatsoever.

2. You build insight over time.

Tracking your mood can be like a research method for testing hypotheses about what you should and shouldn't do with your time in this world. With Youper, I can look back at the conversations where I was feeling excited to discover what I should do when I'm in a negative mood like feeling insecure.

If your goal is to try meditation, a new workout routine or journaling, then you can see the value of that lifestyle change by how it impacted your well-being with a mood tracking app instead of counting on your unreliable memory.

3. You can improve your mental health.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

A mood tracking app not only allows you to reflect on your stress but it also prepares you for action to alleviate it and thus improve your mental health. If you need inspiration for coping skills, a mood tracking app can provide worthwhile recommendations.

4. You don't need that much time and effort.

Mood tracking with an app is relatively simple. On average, it only takes me 5-10 minutes to get through the process of naming my feelings, identifying the factors contributing to them and taming, savoring or just starting to let them pass depending on whether they're positive, negative or neutral.

Another option you can explore to reap the benefits of tracking your mood is to use a handout or a bullet journal. I'd still encourage you to try an app if you want to save some of your precious energy. There isn't a really good excuse to not give mood tracking with an app a try.

5. It's all about you.

Mood tracking with an app is personalized. The mood tracking app of your choice will most likely allow you to set notifications that work with your schedule so that you don't forget to make your entries. Your mood tracking entries are managed with artificial intelligence tailored to helping you get through whatever emotional and mental experience you're going through. You should be reassured when you use some of your screen time for something that can boost your well-being like mood tracking.

One of the hallmark traits of our species is our self-awareness. We know that we think and feel and we can think and feel about our thoughts and feelings. Mood tracking is designed to make it easier for you to be self-aware, which works favorably towards your individual evolution. You and I are complex creatures but mood tracking with an app is a simple practice.

Maybe at this point in your life you can't afford having an actual personal assistant to help you get through your days. But you can download a mood tracking app to make your daily grind less burdensome. What do you think?

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