When COVID-19 and Summer clash, what do you get? The ultimate schedule disruption! I don’t know about you, but when my schedule is off, I feel it. Although we don’t want every moment of our lives to be scheduled, having a daily schedule can be one of the most helpful things we do for ourselves during difficult times. Scheduling offers a sense of comfort, consistency, and familiarity, especially for kids (in development, structure is just as important as freedom!)
The ways in which we organize our day and choose to use our time can have a direct impact on our mood. I’ve heard from many friends that during the past few months, they have felt increasingly more exhausted, disorganized, and apathetic. By using this daily mood tracker, you can begin to gain some insight into what you do every day, how it makes you feel, and where you might want to implement changes. For example, you may note that on the two days a week you are currently exercising in the morning, your mood is higher for the rest of the day. Perhaps you want to add more exercise into your routine? Or, if every time you go to the grocery store during COVID-19 makes you feel especially nervous for the rest of the day, maybe you could choose another option such as ordering groceries online? You would be amazed how much you can learn about yourself from only a week of tracking!
This activity is best for those age 12+ and works for adolescents, young adults, and adults. Your tracking images can be easily placed in a planner, journal, or even created virtually and saved on your computer. I encourage you all to give it a try and see what you learn–you may be surprised.