Three Mood-Journaling Apps We All Need To Try (Part I)
Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone or something keep track of ours moods, but simultaneously make us more aware of our emotions? Well, you’re in luck! In this three part series, Katy will share her reviews of three different mood-journaling apps, revealing all of the information we need to know before we press the download button! Replacing stars with journals, Katy rates each app based upon its style, interactiveness and accessibility. This is part 1!
Breeze was the first app I tried and it left me excited to try more. Right off the bat the graphics got me. What can I say, I’m a sucker for cute clouds. The added bonus of the cuteness, I find, takes the edge off of something that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Breeze is also very user friendly. Everything is clearly labeled from the daily mood check-ins, stats, insights, and settings.
Overall, I’d give Breeze 5/5 journals on style.
While Breeze wasn’t the most interactive app out of the ones I studied for this piece, I found it still helped me effectively log my emotions. Just by cataloging my emotions daily forced me to be more aware of my emotions. So, instead of ignoring them I acknowledged their presence, whether good or bad. I tried to find a way to move on from the moment when I felt those emotions, or I tried to hold onto them for as long as possible depending on the nature of said emotions. Now, I’ll be honest and say, I do go to therapy so I’ve been conditioned a bit to be more aware of my emotions per my therapists best efforts. If we are new to emotion cataloging and regulating we may want an app that goes into more detail about why we are feeling a certain emotion at a specific time. That being said, the “Insights” tab was very helpful.
What I found most interesting about the insights was that it was compiled of three sections: “For you,” “Courses,” and “Tests.” When we first open the app and go to the “Insights” tab, we are prompted to take a series of “tests.” The tests provided scores for your levels of anxiety, depression, emotional intelligence, and even include a mood disorder questionnaire. Now, while these tests may prompt a result that suggests that you seek the advice of a medical professional, the app is very clear to point out that the results are not actually provided by a medical professional and that you are in no way intended to perceive the results as actual medical advice. However, after you complete these tests a series of “courses” will pop up on your insights tab. These correlate with your test results and provide extra information about things like anxiety, depression, etc. For example, I was given a series of courses: Depression 101, Anxiety 101, Ways to Love, Panic Attacks 101, Laziness 101, Happy Hormones, and Imposter Syndrome.
I’d give Breeze 3/5 journals on overall interactiveness.
It’s also helpful to mention that Breeze does have an Instagram account that posts motivational phrases for the day, as well as charts and information that correlates well with the mental health information provided on the app. Their handle is @breeze_app.
Unfortunately, from what I can find, the app is only available for Apple products. For the iPhone and iPod touch products we’ll need to have installed IOS 12.0 or later and macOS 11.0 or later for the Mac. The app also only comes in english which is a bummer for our international friends.
Overall, I’d say the app is worth our time. However, it does cost $7.99/ month for a regular membership and $9.99/ month for premium membership. Now, If I could tell us all the difference between the regular and premium memberships I would, but I have yet to find the difference between the two. So, I’d say if we’re willing to invest in this app I would go for the regular membership.
Overall, I’d give Breeze 2/5 journals for accessibility.
Be sure to stay tuned for parts 2 & 3!
Written By: Katy Egan
Illustrated By: Katie Erickson