If you’ve played around with MoodHacker, you have already seen how easy it is to track your mood and activities. But there are still things you can do to get more out of mood tracking, so here are some of our best tips and recommendations.

Put your patterns to work.

Using MoodHacker every day is key to seeing your patterns and progress. Check out the 7-day and 30-day snapshots to see which days and activities lifted you up or brought you down. Since what you do relates to how you feel, over time you’ll learn which activities boost your mood. If your positive activities are working, you should see a steady improvement in your mood.

Nighttime is the best time.

Evenings are an ideal time to track your mood because you can look back on your entire day and give it an overall rating. Pick a time and commit to tracking daily. If you make it part of a daily routine—like right after you brush your teeth before bed—you’ll always remember it. That said, if you do miss one day, you can always fill in the missing details when you track the next day.

Troubleshooting your mood.

If you’re not seeing improvement in your mood, try adding more social and physical activities or increasing the overall number of activities you do. Also, if you can catch a bad mood at the start, you can use any of our techniques to stop it before it gets out of control. (And that’s key to fending off depression.)

But if you notice that your mood is staying low for two weeks or more no matter what you do, then it’s time to talk to your doctor, counselor, or therapist. They’ll help you figure out how to feel better, because nobody has to put up with depression symptoms.

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