What exactly is a mood tracker and how can I design one for my Bullet Journal?
Pause for a moment.Close your eyes and listen to your inner self.In a hectic everyday life, we often don’t take any time to listen to ourselves for a brief moment and find out how we’re feeling.A mood tracker combines awareness, self-care and slowing down.Every single day of the month, you take a few minutes for yourself and track how you felt on this day in your Bullet Journal.Were you happy?Sad?Stressed?Ecstatic?- You can track your own mood individually and thus gain an overview of how you felt over the month.
Read on if you’d like to learn how to design a mood tracker and which emotions you can track!There are also some tips and tricks by bullet journal artists to read here.
With a mood tracker, it’s not simply about drawing something colourful. A mandala would be better if you want to do that. It's about taking 5 minutes out of each evening for yourself. A time when you review the day and evaluate it. Was it a particularly special day? Did you get annoyed about something? You can record this mood in your tracker design using a colour code. For example, you could use red for angry or yellow for happy.
At the end of the month, you take a look at how it went for you. And then? It's entirely up to you. Were you really stressed over the past month? Then try to consciously make some space for yourself when planning the month. Plan some time to go for a walk, do some sport or simply spoil yourself lots with a face mask or peel. You were happy the whole month long? Good for you! Savour these memories. Maybe next month you can create a page in your mood tracker listing the things that make you happy. Every time you enter a happy day in your mood tracker, you can record exactly what made you happy. Did you get really angry over the last month but you don't want to get angry like that again? Then take a look at your mood in greater depth on angry days and ask yourself why you feel this way. It might just help you to be a bit calmer in some situations.
Even if you jump out of bed every morning with a grin on your face, the glass is always half full for you and the sun is always shining, you could still find a mood tracker useful. The principle of being aware is still of use in this situation. If at the end of each day you make it clear to yourself how great the day actually was, you can practise gratitude and it will give you strength if a not so great day comes along.
Mood trackers mainly comprise a similar number of elements to the number of days in the respective month. For example, 31 flowers for 31 days. It’s completely up to you what these elements look like. The only important thing is that you have something to draw so that you can accommodate your colour code. You write this down in a small key at the side so that you'll always know which colour belongs to which mood. You can either allocate a colour to each mood or work with a colour scale.
At the start, it is advisable to start with a few moods and then adjust them month by month.
Dagmar Gosejacob „Auge an Hirn“
I think mood trackers and the limitless creative opportunities they offer are fantastic. I also tried my hand at it for quite a while and eventually realised I simply couldn't manage to summarise one state of mind for a whole day. Maybe it’s because I'm a woman, or maybe because of the age I am when hormones are known to cause frequent changes in mood. I always look to see how others do it and in my workshops, I've learnt that I'm not the only one with this problem. Nevertheless, I find mood trackers very helpful. Particularly if you want to analyse health-related aspects to see if there’s a ‘pattern’. For reasons of clarity, my mood tracker is actually a very organised design now. And of course there’s nothing to stop me designing it in a way that incorporates absolutely everything. I also allow myself up to 3 different aggregate states per day. This is the way I’ve learnt to deal with it ;-)
Anne Broszies „Bujo Trulla“
I create a mood tracker for each month. Little doodles in keeping with my monthly motto (such as avocados or doughnuts) motivate me to record my daily mood. For me, it’s important to spend some time reflecting on the day in this way.
Lea and Theresa from Punktkariert
Mood trackers are the perfect way to record your daily moods and emotional states in your bullet journal. It can be really helpful if you not only track your moods but also learn to question them, recognise patterns and if possible, even improve them! This works really well as part of your daily review. The design of your mood tracker is highly individual and up to you: it can be as varied as your moods are!