Stop overthinking, start cleverly

Sep 12, 2016

Burnout and depression are the monsters of modern lifestyle, and, unfortunately, most of us think that these always happen to someone else. Do not fool yourself. If you feel strange, start watching out your life immediately.

All of us face depressive periods from time to time. There are certain things in life which are difficult to anyone. Losing a loved one, having trouble at school, getting fired from a workplace are difficult to deal with – and if we do not give ourselves time to accommodate, little problems accumulate, causing more harm to our mental state.

To avoid clinical depression, it is very important to be aware of our mental states. This sentence sounds simple, but the process is very difficult. This is because developing a depression is like gaining weight. First, it does not seem dangerous, then it destroys your life. Therefore, keeping track on your thoughts can be vital.

As fitness trackers can help a lot in fighting with obesity, mental logging applications are good mates in fighting depression. Having recorded our daily mood for a longer period, it is easy to decide whether we face darker mood in temporary, or it is longer issue and we might need assistance.

analyzelife is a simple but very effective tool when it comes to observe a mental state on the long run. The software asks the user simply to record how they feel. The whole task requires only a few taps, then it can be completely forgotten. If one gets it used to it, it becomes an automatism.

The healing secret of lies in its simplicity. When one feels okay, it would feel annoying to answer question about daily feelings. On the other hand, when someone faces depression, answering difficult questions about their mood would lead to overthinking the problem. However, this easy-to-use, handy app solves this problem.

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If one uses the software correctly, the app collect data almost unnoticeably. Nevertheless, when there is a problem, this long chain of mood data can be very useful in self-help and prevention. Looking back to the mood history and comparing it to a journal or simply a diary might help to find a reason for being unhappy. This process can also help to notice relationships between physical conditions – like menstruation, or environmental factors, such as air pollution of weather fronts. performs better than a written journal in many ways. For example, it takes a very short time to make records – so there is more chance that the user won’t skip to make the record in a worse period. The results are easy to visualize – there is no need for reading handwritten pages or trying to make sense of text composed in a disturbed mood. The graphs are impersonal enough to be shown to anyone, either to a friend or to a doctor, since there is no need for over-explaining the mood.

With it is possible to track sleep quality, mood, nutrition, kindness and work – perhaps the most important factors, when it comes to the examination of the causes of depression. These things are relatively easy to measure and possible to be recorded quite objectively. Moreover, having a look at these factors at the end of all day helps to realize if there is a change needs to be made.

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Being an iOS app, is going to follow the user everywhere and possible to be used in many circumstances – from a crowded student apartment to a house full of kids. Unlike a hand-written journal, or other applications that require typing, the recording is very fast and discrete. The program has a nice, natural interface – it is easy to forget that it is a “mood tool”. app is recommended to be used by anyone who might face mentally challenging periods. It is a nice tool for students before the exams, mothers with young children or busy leaders. Thanks to its low system requirements and simplicity – it is a practical and fast way to protect yourself from negativity.

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Eniko Toth

Freelance techblogger, hobby runner and phone addict. A low-cost geek with special interest in social media, wearables and lifestyle apps.

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