Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mood Tracking

Ok, I'm writing this post from my Blackberry, so please excuse any mistakes. I'm trying to see how this works.

Anyway, back in May, I believe it was, I decideed to begin tracking my moods. It is something I have not done in quite some time. Well, it is now closing in on the end of November and I can see a significant difference in my moods through the months.

Traditionally, my summers aren't to bad. Come September, however, things change. Now I was able to see how much.

I tracked each day, using mood, energy, and stress/anxiety. Each was given a number of 1 through 10. The results you may ask - well, here ya go.....

For July the average for mood was - 6.2, Energy was 7 and stress/anxiety was 6.4. The numbers then begin to fall dramatically. In the same order, August showed - 5.6, 5.2 and 5.7. Sept showed - 5.1, 4.5, and 6.7. Oct showed - 4.7, 4.6 and 6.4.

Amazing isn't it. Now, granted some of the changes may be situational, but overall it is the cycle and by tracking I am hoping to be able to make changes.

Well, it's off to work - a big source of stress. I hope this works ok, I had planned on moving my blogs to Wordpress, be all high tech and stuff - ok, not for me. To complicated. So here I will remain.


  1. Mood tracking can show some amazing things. I was astounded to find out how much an extra hour of sleep can change my mood, but tracking mood and sleep showed me just how consistent that is for me.
    And heck, keep your blog whereever suits you, nm high tech.

  2. The main benefit I got from mood tracking was not about insights into my condition, but just to be able to notice how I was doing.