3 Apps for Mood Tracking

Last year I hit a particularly rough patch where I felt like I couldn’t get a grip on my emotions, eating and stress levels. If you were to ask me how I was doing, I would say “Fine!” or “Busy!” and go on. On a given day, I had no idea if I was happy or sad—I couldn’t even remember what had happened that day. Every evening, I self-medicated the day away with buttery popcorn, ice cream, hot chocolate, wine, or sometimes all four.  I was definitely not living my best life (or even a mostly OK life).

My professional psychologist husband does a great job of not counseling me, but on a day of semi-lucidity, I asked him if he had some counselor tricks that could help me live my life more intentionally.  He suggested mood tracking.

The technophile in me immediately sat up and took notice. I wondered if there was an app for that.  Lo and behold, there were more than 20.

My favorites in no particular order are:

1. Moody Me — This app was developed by MedHelp.org.
What I like about it:
The cute icons and the ability to take and attach pictures to different moods.

2. Track & Share Pro  — This app is awesome because of the ability to customize what you want to track—perfect for the Circle of Life homework we all need to do.
What I like about it:
The graphs and side-by-side comparisons. Currently, I track Feelings, Hunger, Sleep, Weather, Stress Level, Money Issues, Work Load, and Weight.

3. Mood Barometer —  This app shows moods from people around the world.  The updates are simple and Twitter-like.
What I like about it:
It’s social for the extrovert in me.

So what have I learned since I began tracking my moods? I discovered that when I have headaches, I lose all sense of perspective and willpower. I also learned that when I don’t sleep enough during the week, I get headaches and yell at my kids and husband more. Tracking my mood taught me to recognize money problems, certain red wines, and lack of sleep as major triggers—and that when I’m happy, I can get a lot done and have a lot less stress.

What do you think your mood tracking will reveal?

  • Anonymous

    Juli, these all sound great.  I’m in a bit of a funk right now. I’m going through the motions but don’t have the “spunk” behind exercising that is typically me.  I think I’ll try the Track & Share Pro. I’m thinking it is just taking me a while to get back in the swing of things after being in CA with my daughter and my first grand baby. It was hard to leave after living in their home for 6 weeks.  This app should help me pinpoint what’s going on.  I’ll report back and let you know what I think of it.  Thanks!

    Update: These are all iPhone apps only. Picture my mood: Sad! :-( I’m an Android gal. I’ll poke around for some equivalent apps.

  • Mamasuze

    Juli, these all sound great.  I’m in a bit of a funk right now. I’m going through the motions but don’t have the “spunk” behind exercising that is typically me.  I think I’ll try the Track & Share Pro. I’m thinking it is just taking me a while to get back in the swing of things after being in CA with my daughter and my first grand baby. It was hard to leave after living in their home for 6 weeks.  This app should help me pinpoint what’s going on.  I’ll report back and let you know what I think of it.  Thanks!

    Update: These are all iPhone apps only. Picture my mood: Sad! :-( I’m an Android gal. I’ll poke around for some equivalent apps.

  • Becca

    I really like the idea of mood tracking, especially during the winter blahs days. The ‘Track and Share’ app sounds best for me. Thanks for the great info
    Becca

  • Becca

    I really like the idea of mood tracking, especially during the winter blahs days. The ‘Track and Share’ app sounds best for me. Thanks for the great info
    Becca

  • Becca

    Will any of these apps be available for Android??

  • Becca

    Will any of these apps be available for Android??

  • Matthew

    Also checkout http://www.moodtrak.com, which lets you rate and track your moods online. Although they don’t have an iPhone or Android app yet, you can update your mood by text message.

  • Matthew

    Also checkout http://www.moodtrak.com, which lets you rate and track your moods online. Although they don’t have an iPhone or Android app yet, you can update your mood by text message.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679166847 Juli Perzee Dimos

    Susan this is another I had tested that is available on Android: http://www.t2health.org/apps/t2-mood-tracker.  It really helped me break out of a funk once I started tracking.  And honestly more than the mobile apps I use the medhelp.org site almost exclusively.

    Becca, my husband says I am solar-powered, so I for sure track the weather as well.  Don’t forget to signup for the “boost your mood” contest.  I want one of those lights for sure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679166847 Juli Perzee Dimos

    Susan this is another I had tested that is available on Android: http://www.t2health.org/apps/t2-mood-tracker.  It really helped me break out of a funk once I started tracking.  And honestly more than the mobile apps I use the medhelp.org site almost exclusively.
    Becca, my husband says I am solar-powered, so I for sure track the weather as well.  Don’t forget to signup for the “boost your mood” contest.  I want one of those lights for sure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679166847 Juli Perzee Dimos

    Susan this is another I had tested that is available on Android: http://www.t2health.org/apps/t2-mood-tracker.  It really helped me break out of a funk once I started tracking.  And honestly more than the mobile apps I use the medhelp.org site almost exclusively.
    Becca, my husband says I am solar-powered, so I for sure track the weather as well.  Don’t forget to signup for the “boost your mood” contest.  I want one of those lights for sure!

  • The Track & Share Movement

    Hi, we are the makers of Track & Share apps. Thank you for mentioning one of our apps here. We’ll start working on an Android app soon.  We love to hear from users about how to make our apps better and about new topics we should tackle. Our Autism Tracker app is a nice example for that kind of collaboration. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679166847 Juli Perzee Dimos

      So exciting and you’re welcome.  Your app has been great.

  • The Track & Share Movement

    Hi, we are the makers of Track & Share apps. Thank you for mentioning one of our apps here. We’ll start working on an Android app soon.  We love to hear from users about how to make our apps better and about new topics we should tackle. Our Autism Tracker app is a nice example for that kind of collaboration. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679166847 Juli Perzee Dimos

      So exciting and your welcome.  You app has been great.

  • Angela

    Hi Juli, 

    Our company have just released a nice iPhone app for mood tracking (and we even use it by ourselves and have very nice experience with it)!  Here it is in the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/imoodjournal-mood-journal/id517952128?mt=8

    You can find a small “case study” on app’s page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IMoodJournal

    We would be honored to have the app mentioned/reviewed by you!

    Thanks,

    Angela