Sunday, 23 August 2015

Track and Reinforce Your Emotions

I’m back guys but recently I’ve been through a lot emotionally. I’ve had tons of mood swings and been actually on an emotional rollercoaster ride. I tried to turn to my friends and near and dear ones just to vent my highly charged sentiments out. Just to calm myself down. And then I caught glimpse of this nice and new innovative app at the Apps Store called Moodnotes. The app does precisely what you are thinking. It’s a sort of a mood journal or a mood diary that helps you extract your emotions out and even get to know what thoughts really trigger those emotions. I’ve been using it since then and have found it quite good so far. Let me share with you how it actually feels and look like!

Well, the app has a simple interface with a creamy white and beige background while the typefaces are a bit inconsistent throughout the different screens. The developers have used varying icons to represent different feelings and they are pretty simple and yet cool. The Mood Notes section is the main one that is displayed once the app is launched and it contains all your mood related entries with respect to date and time. To add a new entry, simply tap on the Add button in the Mood Notes section and swipe up or down to choose the icon best representing your mood at the moment. Once selected, you can either go for a Quick Save or add some further details.

The app then asks you some basic questions and then provides you with a list of positive and negative emotions to choose from. Just select the one that best suits you and also specify its intensity by dragging your finger across the bar. Another unique attribute that Moodnotes possesses is that it also suggests certain thoughts that might be responsible for your current emotional condition and some measures that can help you get out of it as well. Then, there is the Mood Trends section which can be accessed from the side panel menu. It furnishes some summarized details of your mood patterns over days and weeks through line graphs and can help you determine what actually leads to your mood variations.

Over the past couple of weeks, I found out that weather has also had some tangible effects on my moods. So, I compared my mood trends with the weather patterns using my trusted Weather Mate. The results were quite interesting but I won’t be sharing them with you in this post. Perhaps some other time. But getting back to Moodnotes, it is a pretty good app. It might need a few tweaks but overall you should try it out.

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