One of my good friends introduced me to the idea of using a mood tracker. I’m the kind of person that really struggles with mindfulness and seeing the bigger picture. I used to keep a gratitude journal, but it just wasn’t something that stuck.
For my mood tracker, I color-code every day to how I think it went. Yellow being good, green being meh, blue being bad. I’ve successfully completed the mood tracker for January and February. February had a few more meh days than January, which was to be expected because February is my busy month at work. But so far, I’ve never had a bad day.
Because when you’re tracking your moods, you really have to put things into perspective. When I go to color the box in the next morning, I really have to think about whether or not the day was as bad as it seemed. If a small tiff came up and I was able to brush it off by the next morning, it was a good day. If I’m still feeling the after-effects of that day, then it was probably pretty meh. Which makes me just think I have to save the blue for a really really bad day. Like I get fired or someone dies or something life changing and just overall bad happens.
It’s a bad day, not a bad life, and my mood tracker reminds me of that. I’m not only tracking my good and bad days, but I’m keeping myself on track. Keeping myself in check. And putting life into perspective.