There is nothing more uncomfortable than feeling a pressure to change/ adapt/grow or turn over a new leaf when the new year begins. Just go at your own pace in the whole growing part of life. It comes naturally! If like me, for example, you need a little push- then that’s ok too. Just know that it is you who takes charge.
There are so many self-help books, mindfulness colouring books and all sorts of notebooks that increase wellbeing… it becomes overwhelming.
And if you are like me, I hate more than anything than starting something that takes lots and lots of effort (who does?!). Even when it comes down to managing my mental health. There are so many self-help books, mindfulness colouring books and all sorts of notebooks that increase wellbeing… it becomes overwhelming.
I’m here to tell you there are just 2 ways in which you can track your mental health, without the hassle. Takes 2 minutes (or 45 seconds to be specific)
- GRID IT: Write down 6 or 7 feelings or however many you like and represent it with a colour. Create a key. Grab a notebook and create a square every day to represent your mood. Paperchase’s new collection Refresh & Reboot is great for this. Simple way of tracking how your mental health affects your day to day life, every month. Great for doctors appointments too if you’re going for a check up- you have a tracker. If you’re in a rush, write down the colour in your diary or on your phone. Seeing your wellbeing in a different visual way can help understand how you’re doing.
- MIND MAP / DOT-IT-DOWN: Nothing better than a quick jot down. Write down a 3,4 or 5 feelings you had throughout the day. One day last week mine looked like this ‘Unsettled on the train, happy at work, stressed coming home, worried, doing ok’. This summed up one day- and it also reminded me why I was doing ok in the end and also the reminder of feeling unsettled. I had a lot of thoughts running through my head, and in the end- I felt comfortable and content.
Sometimes I forget to write and I give myself a gentle reminder to do it when I get home from work. With a fast paced world- a content and quick bit of productivity is key. Just be gentle with yourself!
Do you have any other tips for smart ways of tracking your mental health?