Emotion Identification and Mood Tracking

The past two weeks we’ve covered depression and bipolar, both of which have to do with impairing mood symptoms – like feeling very down or feeling over-the-top elevated (for no reason). If you’ve noticed you’re feeling differently throughout the day, it can be helpful to work on identifying your emotions.

Emotion charts, like the one pictured, can help you expand your vocabulary of how to talk about what you’re feeling. When we can describe more accurately what we’re experiencing (instead of just saying “happy” or “sad”), we can figure out how to change that emotion if it’s negative or cultivate it if it’s positive.

Another way to understand what you’re feeling, is to know when you’re feeling a specific emotion. Often times our emotions are tied to what we are thinking and what we’re doing. For instance, knowing that every time you sit down to do homework, you start to feel unmotivated or anxious, can be helpful. You could do something that makes you happy or positive right before tackling homework or give yourself a treat (like watching your favorite Netflix show) for completing an assignment!

Both of these tools are meant to help you recognize what emotions you’re experiencing and when – doing this can help you change what you’re feeling and when – for the better!

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