Why measure psychological states and emotions throughout the therapy?Change starts when problem is recognized. The recognition that you don’t feel well in itself often is enough of a reason to visit a specialist. Yet to notice how bad you feel, how long the feeling lasts, when it happens, on what occasion and what accompanies the bad state of being is key to engender a positive change.
Have you ever acknowledged that you were having a terrible week, but when asked what had happened, nothing specific could cross your mind? One of the methods of coping with stress or experiencing mood worsening is to monitor your activity during the day as well as the emotions and thoughts that accompany it. To get rid of something we do not want in our lives, it’s indispensable that we notice it. Mood changes, anxiety and other unpleasant feelings are frequently preceded by certain events or activities that make for such states. Having in mind that when they occur, we can get rid of them or at least limit their frequency by eliminating the elements that favor those dark moments from our environment or the daily schedule.
Monitoring is important also when it comes to non-negative factors. It’s worth to keep noting moments when you feel well. It allows to see what makes your mood good, which routine allows you to sleep all night with no obstacles, when is it when you have more energy, better appetite and you feel happy. If you take note of those things, you can plan more of activities that give you joy and improve your state every day.
Monitoring your mental condition supports the notion of mindfulness — the one of stepping back and redirecting your focus onto something you are experiencing at a particular moment. Pondering what is happening here and now. With the possibility to take note of your observations in one place you can be sure that your measurements will be well ordered (you can come back to them at any time and you see them in the form of graphs that are beautifully and simply designed), accurate (when you try to bring back the memories of what you were doing and how were you feeling on a certain day, the data cease to be credible) and that they are yours (you are the one who decides what to write down in the app). Our application allows you to take measurements a couple of times per day* to check how the parameters that you chose change throughout the day and to jot down where you are and what you are doing next to it. How are you? How are you feeling with that?
You can simply indicate your state in the app and after a couple of days you will see how it changes in the scope of a week or a month. It is an interesting experience to see you mood, sleep habits, activity, energy with your own eyes after a while. It can be a surprising experience, thanks to which you will have much more self-awareness. Write down your thoughts on that in a notepad, they may appear to be useful furing your session with a specialist.
Thanks to the app you can choose the parameters to measure alone or with your therapist and monitors those factors that affect your well-being. Have you undertaken a new activity, f.e. sports, a hobby or you introduced a change to your routine? Check how your mood changed in this time and how it affects you.
*Currently you can enter the measurements once a day, but we will update the app very soon and you will be able to enter data more than once during the day.
2. Addis, M.E., & Martell, C.R. (2004). Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time: The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back. New York: New Harbinger Press.