Tuesday 12 April, 2022

New Feature: Mood Check-ins

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The War On Cancer app is a community for anyone impacted by cancer to connect with others who know what it’s like. It’s a place to share experiences, ask questions, gain support, and belong. 

Being part of a community means being able to reflect and honestly share how you’re doing, without fear of judgment.

Introducing Mood check-ins

Let’s be real: life with cancer is a rollercoaster ride. Learning how to manage the wide array of feelings that come up day-to-day is an integral part of connecting with yourself and finding a sense of control amidst the chaos that cancer can be. That’s why we’re introducing Mood check-ins: we want to make it easier for you to reflect and put words to how you’re feeling – something called emotional granularity.

Maya Maria Brown explains emotional granularity as the value of putting feelings into words with a high degree of complexity, which mirrors our inner lives. By reflecting and finding nuanced ways to express how we’re feeling, we become more likely to find positive meaning in negative experiences, become more skilled at regulating our emotions, and see things from a new perspective. We also become less likely to have strong explosive reactions or turn to substances to regulate our emotions. 

For all these reasons and more, we’ve made it possible to reflect on your mood, find words for your feelings, and share why you’re feeling this way with a community who know what going through cancer is like. Mood check-ins is a simple and beautiful way to do so.

How do Mood check-ins work? 

You can find Mood check-ins under your You space or when sharing a post.

Pick a face that describes your overall mood. When you do, you’ll be able to choose from an array of feelings that may impact your mood and help you put words to them. It’s possible to add several feelings – combining happy, fearful, surprising, sad – because life is a mixed package. You can also add in more detail why you’re feeling this way.

Share it with the community and see an overview of your mood of the past week in your “You” section. It’s also possible to set up a weekly reminder to reflect on your mood in the War On Cancer app.

Make sure to update to the latest version of the app in order to get started with Mood check-ins! As always, reach out to us at hello@waroncancer.com if you have any questions.

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