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What is a Gratitude Journal?

The Gratitude Journal

grateful mindfulnessGratitude diaries or journals (often also referred to as a thankfulness journal) are lists of things for which one is grateful for. Although TrackMyStack was not originally created as a Gratitude Journal, it certainly has the capability to act as one. Not only can it act as a Gratitude journal it would be the most feature rich gratitude journal online, as it helps you manage your entire health and not just one’s psychological needs.

A Gratitude journal is used by those generally wish to focus their attention on the positive things happening in their life. Gratitude is the feeling of being thankful and appreciating the things in your life, regardless of how big or small it may be.

This idea is gaining more and more traction in the field of positive psychology. Studies find that those who are grateful frequently are significantly happier than those who are not. This hack is enough for take people out of depression, for free without medication, over time. This is not a way to ignore any large scale problems you may have in your life that you think you can fully ignore by writing down the things you are grateful for, but it will make you feel better and healthier helping you conquer the other problems in your life.

Positive psychology as mentioned earlier is the study that help you consistently enhance gratitude levels. The most popular of these methods is the journal that TrackMyStack is capable of doing has empirically shown to relieve depressive symptoms.

The benefits of a Gratitude Journal

The act of counting one’s blessings as monitored by Emoons and Mcullough found that it led to improved psychological and physical functioning. An added benefit of maintaining a gratitude journal was that users where more likely to spend more time working out, had fewer symptoms of physical illness as well. The mind is capable of inducing physical change via a better mentality, who would have thought.

The above example was done by patients who recorded what they were grateful for once a week and mentioned five things. However if you take it a step further and start recording entries in your diary daily, you can experience enhanced enthusiasm, determination, alertness and a “general increased overall positive affect.

Other benefits included: the increased likeliness to help others, more motivation to reach personal development goals. Additionally with those with a condition like Neuromuscular disease, a journal lead to increase optimism of one’s own life and a deeper sleep, greater positive emotions of self and others.  

The Journal can be started as early as childhood and if you think writing it down is not worth it, just look at all the benefits above and think again! It is free, it makes you healthy, and it doesn’t take time, additional reasons should not even need to be mentioned. If you can not write it down, and don’t want to use TMS to record entries in your gratitude journal, try to mention it in your head before sleep and you will gain at least a partial list of benefits that were mentioned above,

Starting a gratitude journal on the TMS web app is easy, the steps include:

  1. Sign up for an account
  2. Create a stack, you will be presented with questions, such as what to name your stack. Think of this as “a title for my journal”, after which you have the option to add a description or your goal with this journal.
  3. Optional Step: Add any supplements, medication or exercise you want to be reminded about or other things you may be doing for a better health.
  4. The last step is to click, Create a StackPost, or a journal entry to record your daily information, keep track of mood and other observations of daily living (ODL) to see how you measure up.
    1. You can attach as many photos as you’d like to each post.
    2. You can post as many times as you would like a day (more on this below).
    3. You may keep your journal private or open.
    4. You can start as many journals as you like.
    5. Keep in mind your gratitude entries are automatically backed-up, you have reminders (via email), accessible from anywhere/anytime online, is constantly getting upgraded with more features, can be exported and printed, can be used as a photo journal and to share quotes as well, and can be shared if needed on Facebook or other social media.

Of course these values are self quantified and empirical, however studies like this one have already proven the efficacy of said journal. Your goal should just be to write the entries and record your mood, anxiety, depression, weight or whatever you would like to measure whenever you like and see if a pattern emerges.

How to keep a gratitude journal

The steps to writing a gratitude journal are quite simple:

  1. Start by writing the date and your current mood. If you are using our web app to track your progress, today’s date will be chosen automatically. Use the sliders to select your mood, anxiety and other values.
  2. Continue to write what you are thankful for, start your sentence like: “I am grateful or thankful for < item > because < reason >.
  3. Repeat 3-7X and click save and you are done for the night.

The way this was done by Seligman et al is:

Participants were instructed to write down “three good things” that happened at the end of each day, in addition to a causal explanation for each good thing.

Studies have shown weekly journaling works best (through experiments they noticed higher levels of happiness amongst those that did it weekly) and writing down 3 to 10 items will yield the best results. In closing if you are going through any sort of depressive symptoms, or want to feel better, under no condition should you underestimate the effectiveness of using a gratitude journal, and luckily we have the best software in town. In just 5 minutes, you can rewrite your brain! Get started now.

 

P.S. We will be rolling out to Android & iPhone very soon, use your browser till then to access your stacks/journals till then. We will announce it here when we have launched.

Importance of Personal Health Records

PHR

The more TrackMyStack (TMS) has been getting developed from a simple idea making a list of supplements that could be shared with groups or as a reference for one self, it now can be seen more as a “Personal Health Manager (or PHM)”. This is not to make TMS appear larger than it is but it is because we now incorporate to an extent recording health-related quality of life (or HRQOL) metrics and include the ability to record other day to day metrics and activities as a medication log and a symptom tracker. In my eyes when software is able to perform all of this in one place, it is much more than a personal health record but rather a health manager. In terms of HRQOL, to quote:

Health related quality of life is a complex outcome measure increasing used in clinical trials and quality of care research. HRQOL ideally incorporates multiple domains, generally from the patient’s own perspective by assessing health status and maladies such as impairment, symptoms or disability.

Recently I was reading a study on how heart patients need to adhere to their stack at a level of 80% (time and dosage) otherwise they could risk hospitalization again, and followed that with another study where: when a symptom diary is provided a patient is more likely to survive, and survive much longer. So it cannot be argued that having a adherence tool attached to a symptom tracker is effective in helping people manage their health, it is a matter of how effective and how to get more people to use it, which is the situation we find ourself in. A quick study on why it is important to track your HRQOL (with ODL’s – observations of daily living, Medical Outcomes Study Short Forms (SF-12 and SF-36), the Sickness Impact Profile, and the Quality of Well-Being Scale).hrqol

BACKGROUND:
Patients with heart failure must monitor for and recognize escalating symptoms to take action to relieve symptoms and decrease hospitalizations. One way to promote patients’ engagement in symptom monitoring is by providing a symptom diary.

RESULTS:
The intervention group had longer event-free survival than the usual-care group (P = .03). There were no differences in changes in HRQOL scores between the groups over 3 months.

With TMS acting as en entire Personal Health Manager (series of Records) Consider the distinction this way: the traditional health record and the EHR revolve around data collected at (and important to) the clinical time period. But people don’t live from clinical episode to clinical episode – and health-related information, such as whether one’s stress is elevated due to family or work pressures or whether one’s chronic pain spikes with a sudden change in temperature (which would never make it into a traditional health record), are just as important to many people as standard clinical data are to providers.

This patient-originated data presents the opportunity to create a fuller picture of health – both individually, so patients can look at analyses of their own trend information, and in the aggregate, so patients can compare their symptoms with those of other patients with similar disease and condition. TrackMyStack inherently provides an open community which let’s anyone view any treatment undertaken by patients or people with health goals. These of course can be recorded and managed privately, but by default everything is shared by being open, as it can provide support or ideas for a treatment that may benefit a patient in ways they may not have been aware of.

Conclusion

These observations can also be useful to clinicians, for whom a richer picture of a patient’s experience can yield insights that lead to new treatment plans. Both patients and clinicians benefit from systems that incorporate ODL data and other forms of patient-generated data. The overall benefits of using TrackMyStack and maintaining a personal health record are thus very simple:

better-health-lower-cost

 

Complete Health Tracking

We have been listening to our users and adding useful features at an alarming rate. We have also partnered up with many medical and supplement companies to improve our platform faster then ever. Get started now and notice a significant improvement in your adherence and overall health. TMS is more then a tool to build your daily health routine, with adherence tools, vitals/sleep/anxiety tracking, a health diary, treatment/stack reviews, we are now quickly becoming a comprehensive health platform beneficial for those with chronic illness that need help tracking their symptoms and those seeking to take their fitness and wellness to the next level.

Stack Pages

I wanted to quickly discuss the different stack pages we have on the website. As a reference, a stack in our context refers to a regimen or a routine that people undertake to accomplish their health goal or manage their chronic health illness more effectively, currently we are not restricted to medication or supplements but that is what we have started to support initially. We have built simple informative pages so users can quickly reference what drug or a supplement does and now we may be moving forward to add different medical devices and medical trackers.

Some of the most interesting (and active stack) sections on our site include the nootropic stack section, custom supplement stack pages: phenibut stacks and noopept stacks.

 

Multiple Compound Stack Search

This new feature is now on the stacks page: http://trackmystack.com/stacks You may search for stacks that have the supplements you currently want to take or are undertaking, this helps you see how other patients are using a stack similar to you and if it has been effective for them or not — provided they have used a stacklog or just made notes of it.
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after clicking search you are presented with a list of stacks that are ordered by relevancy.

fishoil-piracetam-stacks

 

Commonly Stacked With

If you visit a supplement page you can take note of the most commonly stacked supplements, for example: with CDP Choline page you will see the list below showing the most frequently paired compounds. The below list makes sense because users are (probably) depleting their choline levels when supplementing with Piracetam and thus using choline to negate the possibilities of a getting a headache. However, this should just be used as a reference, as your biology is different but it provides an idea (in this case as some people may be choline dominant and do not require Choline to be paired with Piracetam).
commonly-paired-supplements

Supplement to Supplement Interactions

We are working to build a database of our drug to drug, drug to supplement, and supplement to supplement interactions that are listed automatically on your stack page. This is NOT COMPREHENSIVE and please use it as a reference AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Example, if you check out this Type 2 Diabetes stack made by the user “SupplementDoctor” you will notice the following interaction alerts:

diaebetes-supplement-interactions
Some interactions do not have a full explanation as of yet, but we are looking at it as displaying something to let users know of potential negative interactions is better then nothing, thus making our “biohacking”/quantified self community just a tad bit safer. With the addition of these features we are very far ahead of any potential competitor that may exist, and are on our way to become the primary platform for those looking to get better and feel better. Best  of all we provide access to all of this for free! Let me know if you have any questions, or concerns. Now more then ever when your doctor’s time is stretched thin, taking control of your health falls completely onto you, and TrackMyStack (TMS) provides a platform to get started managing your health that will help you and your care provider.

Medication Adherence Tools

pill adherence toolIn medicine, compliance (also adherence, capacitance) is the degree to which a patient will follow the medical advice provided by their health provider. Most commonly, it refers to medication, drug compliance, but can also apply to other situations such as medical device use, self-care, self-directed exercises, or therapy sessions and supplements.

The FDA states the common barriers to medication adherence:

  1. The inability to pay for medication.
  2. Disbelief that the treatment is necessary or helping treatment.
  3. Difficulty keeping up with multiple medications and complex dosing schedules
  4. Confusion about how and when to take the medication
  5. On Physical Patient Adherence Tool

Before proceeding further with my thoughts on adherence tools, apps, and hardware, if you or someone you know is looking for a simple tool to remain compliant, have them sign up to our site to get started.

 

Medicine Compliance Technology

Recently I saw some very interesting physical medication adherence tools, these are $500 electronic gadgets, that seem like they are made by Apple and store up to 10 set of compounds that are dispensed every day at a pre-programmed time. It is a very “cool and hip” product and definitely will help those with some funds remain healthy and that is great, however, we have a tool in our pockets, or at most homes already, on a desktop that does the same thing.

During our initial survey of patients (especially seniors) we learned that many are not willing or don’t want to take an interest in even downloading an app that will help them comply with their medication. One of the top reasons patients do not comply with their medication is laziness, and the second being forgetfulness. These two reasons account for 85% of patient adherence levels, among those that have purchased their drugs.

So what did we decide to do after learning this? for better or for worse, we decided we will postpone building a mobile app for just a tad bit longer and make our web interface better. Wait, how does that make sense?

Well for one, our site is fully responsive so it should render great on any phone, secondly with our medication reminder emails, you will get an alert on your phone via an email app (which many people have anyway) or natively.

The seniors were not interested in learning or using a new app, but most had email software that they use to keep in touch with their relatives..bingo! The cost: free. I need to do some further research and surveys to determine how easy it is to load these devices and how often people are willing to “reload” them, I think some of them allow you to load up to 60 days worth of drugs.

Now creating a reminder app or even software is not a technological feat in an of itself, but if it is effective and it can help even a few lives, the difference is worth it, at least to us. I think the real challenge is leveraging technology to increase adherence rather in any way rather than fixating on a reminder app, with this mindset, we can take the whole picture into account, which involves all the steps. Why is this important? In the US alone deaths due to patient medication, noncompliance reaches $100 to $140 billion annually. Globally I suspect the cost is 10x this amount and will probably grow in the coming years as baby boomers age.

 

TrackMyStack Medication Compliance Tool (& How we are the best!)

If you are looking for a simple medical adherence tool for your friend and understand the need to use one,  click here to read our step by step guide to using trackmystack as medication tracking tool and health journal. We are tackling the problem totally different than any incumbents: First, we have a knowledge base of drugs and supplements, it has taken a lot of time to do research/write just the main important information on supplements and drugs. So if a patient or user wants to quickly learn more about what they are being told to take, they can without leaving our platform, there certainly is no need to “Google it”.

This also removes the need for a medication compliance handouts that need to be given or the pharmacist’s prescription letter to be put up on the fridge as a reminder of what dosage needs to be taken and when. However, I think the number one thing that needs to be done is that physicians absolutely need to spend more time educating their patients about the problems associated with noncompliance. Information on side effects need to be drilled into the patient, and commonly overlooked issues such as when one may be feeling better, it is critical to still complete their treatment.

This, I think should be seen as the #1 compliance tool — something to ponder — is there any unethical doctors out there that may see noncompliance as beneficial for business? Let’s not go down that rabbit hole, as I don’t think it is a real problem that exists for most people.

The second thing we decided to do to improve patient compliance was journaling, journaling helps lessen the cognitive load, and it will help you record any symptoms or benefits you may be noticing from your drug or supplement regimen (remember reason #2 — “Disbelief in treatment”) so here we address that as well. The way we figure out what to build next is by talking to patients and thinking like patients first, then confirming our beliefs with potential studies to prove our hypothesis. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop once put it with his customary forthrightness, “Drugs don’t work in people who don’t take them.” and when a support network or a patient does not log an entry with adherence daily, the patient should understand why “the drug does not work”.

The #4 reason of confusion as to when to take one’s drugs and the quantity is the basic premise of TMS and I think we have the foundation in place and see people complying at a much higher rate than before. Another issue relating to the problem of disbelief is not the treatment being effective or not, it is that 20% of patients perceived possible side effects of taking them. We are working on releasing graphs and statistics as part of our info pages, where users can see which side effects are common and what other patients like them experienced during the course of their treatment.

Another less common reason, #7 reason for non-compliance is “Worries about the social stigma associated with taking medicines.” — I think by having a social network of patients undergoing the same treatment or taking the same drug, albeit online, may help alleviate any stigma that may persist when one may not have or know people going through the same condition in real life; support networks work, and we make it easy to see what similar patients are taking and what symptoms/conditions they deal with daily.

Patient Adherence to Medication

With our admittedly limited testing of patient adherence to supplements and with small pharmaceutical companies, we have noticed that many users are more likely to use the platform when they have a support community and I feel by making a treatment stack public (anonymously — under an online alias), patients can be held more accountable by our community and by others offline, such as family and friends if provided the URL to your stack.

A lot of patients that we observed, went further and decided to create wellness stacks to prevent their health from deteriorating, prevention as they are better than the cure. Noncompliance because of forgetfulness, laziness, improper knowledge, and disbelief were, to put it bluntly, “thrown out the door” by our users.

Hopefully this short brain dump on medicine compliance/tools and how we “stack” up against other methods was interesting to someone, and if you are a patient, a family doctor, pharmacist or someone looking to improve their own health or someone else’s, get in touch with us with tips or comments or we recommend you start using our platform (for free) to improve the efficacy of your treatment for your chronic condition or your goal by letting us help you adhere to your stack in a more meaningful (and fun) way. Some last words below on health goals:

Compliance with Health Goals

“Compliance” implies that patients are passive actors in managing their chronic conditions. “Adherence,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO), suggests just the opposite: that doctors and patients team up to help patients actively engage in maintaining their health. As I have always said, good health starts at home and now more than ever patients need to start monitoring and quantifying their own health.

This does not mean do not seek medical consultation from an expert rather take your regimen a step further and actively try to manage your health with your doctor, by keeping logs of any side effects, compliance rates, mood, anxiety or anything else, you provide evidence or help your medical practitioner by giving them the data needed to try to identify any patterns quicker, they will appreciate it and you will benefit.

Another term being used is “concordance”  which is intended to convey an active partnership between the patient and the healthcare professional, it is primarily used by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Many people are amazed to know the vast amount of users we have using our platform for non illness-related health issues. I am talking about the amateur bodybuilders, people with mild stress, people that want to age gracefully (the anti-agists), people that want better cognitive function (the nootranauts), etc. This can be attributed to the ease of use of our platform, the effectiveness of having reminders to help manage goals, and need I say, the fun aspect involved in working on one’s “personalized stack”.

Even though a lot of these “treatment stacks” are not generally “prescribed” by health care professionals, an MD is generally there to help “fix you up to get back to normal.” I think the question asked by many quantified-selfers on our platform is “What If I can feel better than I always have, or how do I get to my peak performance?” Being healthy does not generally need to stop at not being sick, but feeling your absolute best at all times, and I think this is where and why “functional medicine” comes into play, it’s about looking at your whole body and making sure everything is running as smoothly as possible at all times.

This way you will hopefully not get sick as often but you will also feel better than average as well, something current medicine does not focus too much on.

Patient care is always improving and we want to play a role in helping patients recognize the importance of routines and adherence, by providing patient education and tools that make a positive impact.

If you would like to use only the best medication tracking tool, click here.

Why You Should Keep a Health Diary

Health Diaries

Keeping a health diary can be therapeutic, it can help you track how medication, supplements and your general lifestyle can be affecting your mood, your weight, sleep and overall health & fitness. It also makes it easy for you to discover triggers that may be leading to your flare-ups/symptoms.

Over time you can learn and see the pros and cons of particular treatment, realize your true adherence levels and use the journal to keep your caregiver, family and yourself aligned with your health goals. Your ultimate goal should be to:

  1. Analyze – The health problem
  2. Plan – Based on treatment provided by a caregiver
  3. Track – Build your treatment stack
  4. Maintain – Daily posts to your journal

Over time you can see how other patients just like you based on their treatment. Use it as a place for self-expression and update it whenever you can as we are mobile friendly and available on the web.

It only takes a few minutes to get started and especially if you have a health condition, there is no reason not to maintain one.

Instead of maintaining all your notes in your head, you can offload all your health concerns in one place, that is safe and secure. We provide the ability to graph various confounding factors and measurements from various aspects of your life.

A health diary is not limited to tracking your medicine intake, supplement intake, or sleep, there are various items being tracked by our members.

Keep in mind as part of maintaining a high adherence rate, we have information pages to educate you on drugs, supplements, vitamins, and herbs — it doesn’t stop with simply using TrackMyStack as a medicine reminding app.

List of Health Diaries You Can Maintain with TrackMyStack

  • Nutrition Diary
  • Workout Diary
  • Food Allergy Diary
  • Blood Pressure Diary
  • Cardiovascular Disease Diary
  • Weight Loss Diary + Weight Gain (Muscle)
  • Gluten-Free Diary
  • Sexual Health Diary
  • Infant/Baby Health Diary
  • Maternal Health Diary
  • Diabetes Diary

We have a list of main goals that we allow you to track, the top categories are:

  1. Cognitive Enhancement or Tracking Your Nootropics
  2. Increased Energy – Get natural energy levels up
  3. Mood Diary – Mood tracking to feel better, and less depressed, see what the trigger is, and how you felt throughout the month.
  4. Stress Journal – Manage and cope with stress.
  5. Improved Sleep – Record when you slept, and for how long, and if a supplement or drug was useful.
  6. Weight Loss – Track your weight loss journey from start to finish by recording your weight and taking pictures to see a measurable difference.
  7. Build Muscle – Record your daily supplement intake and sleep patterns.
  8. Increase Testosterone – Many things can lead to dropped levels, follow your treatment plan to improve your natural levels.
  9. Pre workout Stacks – Sometimes you need to “get in the zone” before hitting the weights, see which N.O. concoction is effective, other than the obvious.
  10. General Health Tracker – To be used for all chronic conditions, such as: Diabetes, ADHD, among others.
  11. Social Anxiety – There are things people are doing to improve, use their journal as a cornerstone to build your own regimen.
  12. Anti Aging – Some people abide by their supplements and fitness routine as the fountain of youth, see what their entire ‘health stack’ is.
  13. Prenatal & Baby Diary – For your sake and the sake of your new loved one.

Take a look at these two screenshots from a patients health diary that can be viewed by his family, himself and caregiver at any time from any device for free.

health-journal-screenshot  quantified-self-stack-log

Tracking your progress is the first step in managing your health, To get started instantly click here.

Using TrackMyStack as a Vitamin Tracker

Tracking Your Vitamin Intake

vitamin tracking

Tracking your supplements intake, medicine and vitamins is of the absolute necessity for people of every age. Given that as many as 50% of the US population takes multi vitamin daily and up to 30% take a supplement or mineral (referred to as MVM) of some type¹, it is critical to know if the treatment or your health goals are being met from the consumption of them.

Knowing that the branded product or vitamin you are consuming is providing a benefit can help determine if it should be continued, otherwise you may simply just be wasting your time and hard-earned money. We discuss how TrackMyStack acts as the best supplement and vitamin tracker, journal, log, diary, or reminder tool available for free.

There are 3 things we discuss and demonstrate below:

  1. How to Quickly start tracking your supplementation and Why you should begin ASAP.
  2. Following up on the treatment or goal to make sure you are on track.
  3. Adding additional treatments to your stack to reach your health goal faster.

 

Step 1. Logging Your Vitamins in a Stack

A stack can be built quickly, which involves the addition of vitamins or minerals. The dosage, frequency, start and end date, and any notes can be put into the stack as well for each vitamin. This is useful because a treatment or a regimen can have multiple supplements that can be paused, resumed or not needed any longer, e.g. Probiotics.  The stack page looks like the screenshot below:

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Step 2. Logging your intake via StackLog

It is critical to remember to take your vitamins daily, we will have a app for mobile very soon but for now we have the capability to email you a reminder, and additionally you may also log in via your mobile phone (android or apple iOS) and visit our website. It is fully responsive so saving your daily adherence levels should be a breeze. The added benefit of doing this is that your relatives, friends, doctor or any care giver can easily see your progress and our community can also benefit from the data you are providing from your treatment. It is really a win-win-win for all. Below is a screenshot of what a post looks like in your StackLog (which is essentially a Journal). Additionally a graph is generated letting you visually see your health over a period of time, this is great to find patterns and for physicians to quickly get a glimpse of your progress.

vitamin-log

Step 3. Tweaking your Stack, Vitamin Quantity/Frequency

Overtime you will realize that you may have reached sufficient levels of certain minerals and vitamins or no longer require them but do not need to stop the entire treatment itself. We allow you to add a “End Date” and the supplement is added into another table for other’s to know that it is no longer being consumed. You may also need to add other treatments such as Medicine, Therapies, Exercises to track and these too can be added and a start date may be appended for reference. See the screenshot below to understand this better.

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As you can see TrackMyStack is a FREE, comprehensive solution to tracking your health. Tracking your Vitamin intake is only one of the features of the tracker, and many other things can be tracked, such as symptoms, medicine, mood & more. However, if you would like to use it as a Vitamin tracker only, it does a good job at that too, add the fact that we are always making the platform easier to use daily, it really is a no brainer.

I also leave you with a Vitamin chart to show you which vitamins should be taken for which reason to get you started, but of course you can learn more from the supplements section.

Benefits-of-Vitamins

References:

¹ https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/MVMS-HealthProfessional/

Medication Tracker

vs our electronic medical log
Printable vs our electronic medical log

Not just another Medicine Organizer App

Tracking your medication intake is the single most important thing you can do to recover from any condition or symptoms you may be going through. Skipping a dose or worse yet not remembering can have detrimental consequences on your health and even other’s around you. If a dose is skipped or forgotten, it can throw your treatment into limbo and you may need to consult your primary care provider to assist you in determining how to get back on track.

However, there is a solution, a simple way to remain on track and remember if you have taken your medication or not and how it made you feel and what symptoms you experienced through taking the medication stack prescribed to you. The solution if it doesn’t seem obvious, is TrackMyStack. Below we will show you how our simple app lets you manage your pain, anxiety, stress, mood, and helps you save your thoughts in a log which can be exported or printed and presented to your caregiver, clearly showing the pills you took (the adherence to it), the exact time, the symptoms you felt and an arbitrary description of how you are or anything else you would like to note.

On top of this, you can do this for as many different conditions, symptoms, or health goals you may have all for free. It is absolutely amazing to discover a pattern which can change your life for the better. There is a saying that you can not improve that you cannot measure — at least in some way. Once you realize the and notice the difference (and perhaps get over the burden of recording your daily activities in the log, you can rest easy knowing — you are taking everything in your power to improve your health).

A stack is inherently designed in such a way that you can’t just “record your mood or anxiety”, the medication tracking component or “Stacking” aspect inherently makes you take ACTION against your symptom or condition. It does not need to be drugs or symptoms, but the creation of a stack is necessary to record your progress. Below we will quickly show you a few screenshots on how to go about record taking your medication in 3 simple steps.

Step 1 – Get Started – To Register: click here.

Involves creating a stack, you select your goal, describe it and add any supplements or medications or therapies involved in your treatment. You should look at a stack as a virtual “medicine organizer” that will keep things simple for you and even let people that care about you quickly check up on your adherence levels remotely over the internet. See below:

medication-tracking

Step 2 – Quickly Fill Your Stack

Involves typing in your supplements, prescription/OTC medicine, or anything you would like to track. We help auto-fill your pills, saving you time and also give you a recommendation and select the unit of measurement, so inputting and getting started is as painless as possible. A recent addition also provides recommendations based on existing treatments/stacks on what you can add to your stack that is effective for existing patients. Even though we provide the example with supplements, drugs, patches, drops, ointments, injections, herbal, vitamin, diet supplement and anything else you are doing can be added.

track-medicine

Step 3 – Recording Entries

We are working on an android and apple apps that will remind you to take your medicine at the right times. The screenshot below skips the first part of the log where you can write your notes about taking this dose, however, it does not show you how you can record a multitude of other things such as your energy levels, focus, memory, and mood. By default all medicine in the stack is set to on to speed up the process of making a post.

Once the entry is saved it can be viewed on your StackLog which shows your Adherence level and your notes, and not included in this entry is how you may also attach an image to your medication log.

medication-journal-app

The Output of the Medicine Schedule

The medicine schedule can be printed and looks great. It can be better than typing it out in excel or spending time making your own chart, and this way you can quickly edit or modify it whenever and from wherever. You can further make it and easily share it with your health provider as well, you can even ask your pharmacist or care provider to make the schedule or chart stack for you and put it in private mode if you think that is a better option. Below is what the chart looks like once it has been created, keep in mind this is not the stackLog which keeps a record of when you took your medication.

medicine chart

We make it easy for you to learn more about the supplement or drug you may be taking, we also allow you if it’s a supplement and legally allow you to buy it from a high-quality reliable source online. Additionally, if you feel like someone else’s stack makes sense for your health goal, and there are no interactions with your existing stack (as confirmed by preferably a pharmacist), you can order the stack directly from Amazon with the click of a button.

The Result of using us a Pill Reminder App

The graphs that are generated as mentioned earlier provide a comprehensive way to quickly understand what is causing your symptoms, aside from you printing out this medical log for your doctor, you may also get comments and recommendations from the community who is going through the exact same thing as you. The online version can fully be utilized as an app as the site is mobile friendly.

One main thing to keep in mind is the fact that the site is more than just a simple pill tracking or medicine reminder app. The site will help you remember what you need to take, it will record the progress of your treatment to measure effectiveness, but it will also work to help you learn more about yourself and your treatment via graphs, charts, logs, images and via the community.

In conclusion, TrackMyStack can be referred to as a simple Health Tracker for managing conditions and symptoms to not only dose safely but also to validate its effectiveness. It is perfect for children, adults and especially the elderly. We hope it helps you become a better you. To get started instantly click here.

How To Keep a Mood Diary Online To Feel Happy Again

Need a Simple Mood Tracking Diary?

mood scale

TrackMyStack is the best mood tracking app available online for free.

Do you frequently feel stressed, sad, anxious, or even unmotivated?

CBT or Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you identify negative thinking patterns.

Using the TrackMyStack thought mood diary, you may post check-ins which can include information on negative emotions you may be experiencing, analyze flaws in the way you think and change your thoughts accordingly.

We help you understand, evaluate and change your thoughts and feelings for the better.

 

 

Who Needs to track their Mood?

Perfect for people with mental disorders such as bipolar disorders or even kids and adults that simply want to see when they are stressed and want to measure it throughout the day.

Our platform has a scale from 1 to 10, from NOT HAPPY to EXTREMELY HAPPY to record mood and other measurements.

You can also use the notes area to record any other feelings such as how optimistic, sad, grateful your day is going as well.

We help you maintain a mood journal by providing you with four simple tools:

  • A Health Journal where you can record your mood but also any other symptoms, conditions you may have.
    • The Health Journal also enables you to record your nutrition & food, exercises, and keep notes with images.
  • A Stack that holds your Supplements & Drugs, where you can save your dosage, and set up reminders so you remember to take the items you need
  • Reports & Calendars, you can view your health over time in beautiful charts and see your reminders in a clean calendar
  • We not only let you connect with other users just like you, but we also let you see what others are doing to reach better health outcomes!

To get started with your mood journal right away click here.

We are always here to help you get better, so if you have any questions or concerns or feature requests, you may contact us.

 

What’s wrong with just using a mood tracking worksheet?

Keeping track of your mood via offline methods such as bullet PDFS, forms, journals or printing templates is a thing of the past, firstly, it needs to always be at hand, it is never 100% accurate, it can’t be accessed from everywhere and lastly it cannot provide graphs, charts and dig up statistical significant data from all your logging.

Using a spreadsheet software such as excel was the upgrade from a physical mood journal, but excel has limitations in that unless if your main file is stored on the cloud, you would have entries in various areas. TrackMyStack allows you to have your mood diary on the cloud, password protected or available to the public to give you feedback. It is better to have other’s there to help when needed.

 

What Do I Write In my Mood Diary?

With TrackMyStack you can “check-in” with your current mood as many times as you would like, whether it is hourly, daily, monthly or weekly!

It is the perfect, self-help tool that anyone with any mood disorders should use. The reports generated after multiple check-ins should be printed and shared with your caregiver or you can just monitor your own health and see what may be triggering your mood issues. You can try to answer some of the following questions consistently:

  1. What happened? Who were you with and where did this happen?
  2. What was going through your mind at the time? Can you describe how you felt and or have images?
  3. What were you doing before this incident?
  4. What did you do after you felt this way?

If you feel like you are ready to begin, click here.

 

Do I need a wearable device to track my mood?

It is optional, although we don’t suppose integrations with monitors of any kind, this data can be used and inputted manually by you on to TrackMyStack.

 

How do I maintain a mood journal?

The steps to maintaining a mood journey are:

  1. Create a stack of any medication or supplement you may be taking. If none, you still need to create a stack.
  2. Any “Check-in” posts now can be seen as a mood entry. You can leave most fields empty and select your mood from 1-10 at any time of the day, as many times as you would like daily/hourly etc. All For Free. We provide graphs and charts to see how you did that can be organized by different periods.
  3. If your stack is public you can optionally get feedback on your posts in your feed or on your stack. Be sure to cheer up others, it can good to be part of someone’s support network.

 

Is it available on iPhone, iPad/iOS, and Android?

Not yet but our website is mobile friendly which means after you have created a stack, we advise you to bookmark the “Check-in Post” page, so you can quickly and easily add your mood updates.

We are in the process of releasing an app in the coming months that will be as good as some of the other apps out there but with the synergistic medical/supplement/stack component attached to it. You can take a look at other applications such as t2 mood tracker or DBSA wellness tracker till then.

What else can you track?

  • Track Key Health Trends
  • Overall mood
  • Well-being
  • Period/Ovulation
  • Mood disorder symptoms
  • Lifestyle (including sleep, exercise, etc.)
  • Medication (any drug and quantitively record side effects)
  • Physical health
  • Track and & Manage any chronic pain
  • Track Symptoms & Conditions: Anxiety, Depression, Aspergers, etc.

Other organizations such as DBSA, BBR Foundation (Formerly: NARSAD), ADAA, MHA have their own wellness or tracking software, however, it is not as comprehensive as ours, and above that, some members of these nonprofit organizations have recommended our platform for many members.

Read to Begin?

We continue to work together with other organizations helping people with anxiety and other mental disorders. The main purpose of keeping a mood diary is to gradually change how you feel to situations over time which will help you make lasting changes in the way you think and behave.

You may begin for free by creating a stack, then checking-in to your health journal with your mood. If you like the platform you may upgrade to premium for additional options.

To get started using the mood tracker, click here