A good daily mood chart provides space to track moods, warning signs, current treatments, triggers and symptoms, explains HealthCentral. Some therapists recommend a mood chart that tracks emotions and events every two hours, according to Therapist Aid. Other mood charts may require daily tracking of a wide range of emotional, physical and environmental factors, notes Courage to Bloom. Like most therapy aids, many therapists modify their charts to accommodate their own therapy style and the patient's needs.
Therapists often recommend mood charts as a way for patients to build self-awareness, according to Courage to Bloom. The mood chart on the Courage to Bloom site requires patients to track emotional factors, such as depression, irritation, anxiety and mood swings. The mood chart also includes spaces for physical factors, such as headaches, overeating, exercise and sleep quality, and environmental factors, such as caffeine, chocolate and alcohol consumption, stress and conflicts. There are also spaces for patients to track personal goals or problems that may affect their mood and a space for menstrual information.
After three to six months of charting, patients may use the charts to identify mood patterns, triggers that cause emotional distress and other factors that consistently affect their mood, explains Courage to Bloom. They can then use the information to predict their future behavior. Women also can use several months of charts to identify how hormonal changes affect them. All patients can use a mood chart to identify their own natural mood cycles and to remind themselves that difficult emotional symptoms won't last forever.