Journaling + Privacy = Improved Mental Health
Quality of Life
Quality of life (QoL) is the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual. World Health Organization defines Quality of Life as “an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns“ Your Quality of Life Index is directly related to the type of emotions you experience the most and provides a reference point to understand how your QoL changes over time.
How are you doing? That’s a common question we hear all the time among friends, family and loved ones when we get together after a period of time apart. It’s a simple and short way to express this:
During the time I haven’t seen you, I’m sure life had its ups and downs and you’ve experiences a wide range of emotions; as someone who cares about you I would like to talk about how you’re feeling, your stress level and mental health as it impacts your Quality of Life.Family, Friend, Loved One
Take a second and really think about that question, how are you feeling? Most people will answer with the current emotion they are experiencing (I’m feeling happy to see you today) or how they physically feel (I’m tired or exhausted today). That’s a fine answer because that’s how you feel right now but it’s not taking into consideration the full spectrum of emotions you’ve been experiences the past day, week, month etc. You may feel a particular way right now but your overall mental health may tell a different story when it factors in the toxic encounter you experienced this morning at work where you felt anxiety and fear. Your overall Quality of Life factors in moments of sadness, anger and awkwardness you’ve experience in the past and if these negative emotions are more frequent then positive ones like joy, excitement and awe then you might be suffering from an overall poor mental health.
Wouldn’t it be useful to have a tool, an app on your phone that you can quickly glance at and understand your mental health so you can easily answer the question: how are you feeling? Exploring your most expressed emotions to better understand why you’ve been in a particular mood the past week, month etc is the kind of insights that can help you make better decisions to improve your Quality of Life.
Each Loop (journal entry) is created with the associated emotion for that experience that covers the full spectrum of human emotions. You choose from 27 type of emotions as outlined in a PNAS study that used statistical methods to analyze reports of emotional states elicited by 2,185 emotionally evocative short videos with richly varying situational content. Learn more about creating a Loop.
Journaling + Privacy
Think about the last time you had a private conversation with your support system (best friends, life partner or family) or with your therapist where you had to recollect an experience that made you feel positive, neutral or negative. When you get together with your support system you often find yourself in a situation where you have to recollect an experience that happened some time ago so that they can provide advice and help you through difficult situations.
Unless you have a perfect memory, and most of us don’t, it’s almost impossible to recapture the details of an experience including the associated emotion and supporting content to provide more context. It’s impossible to recollect those moments unless you’ve captured them in the form of a journal entry called Loop.
Before smart phones, journaling was done the old fashion way: a notebook and a pen. Some people still prefer this method because it’s more private and intimate. There hasn’t been a digital journaling solution on the market that truly respects user’s data ownership & privacy. So the only way to keep their journal entries from prying eyes was to use a notebook and pen. Others foolishly download software from the internet that send their journal entries to some cloud servers where it runs the risk of unauthorized access or being sold to third parties (sometimes your identity is still attached to the journal entries). We believe that users should never have to sacrifice data ownership or privacy when interacting with digital services so we create OOLoop: a journaling platform with privacy by design.
OOLoop was built with data ownership, privacy and security by design and all your personal data is stored locally by default. What this means is that you don’t need an OOTech account to start journaling and all your journal entries are stored on your local device by default. Alternatively if you want to sync your journal entries (Loops) between all your Apple devices you can select your iCloud account or other cloud providers. One of OOLoop’s unique privacy features allows you to have granular control over the storage location where your personal data is stored. A storage location is a physical machine that holds the database where your data is stored. The default storage location is always your local device.
When you record your journal entries, you’re in control and if you store them locally you can be confident that your data can only be accessed by the individual who can unlock the device via password or bio-metric authentication.
OOLoop helps you keep track of your daily emotional experiences so you can better understand how they impact your mental health and Quality of Life. The majority of the features are free so try it out today. For power users who want the most out of the platform, there are subscription options that unlocks more in-depth tools.
OOLoop Launch Demo (v.0.4)
- Create journal entries called Loops to track your daily emotional experiences. These journal entries capture your emotion as well as details about the experience in the form of text, multimedia attachments and tags that provide more context.
- Get insights on your experiences over time by exploring your most expressed emotions. You can record journal entries throughout the day and explore how your Quality of Life (QoL) improves over time. You can filter insights by date ranging from last 10 days to last 10 years and see your most expressed emotions.
- Create your own local notification alerts to be reminded to do something like record a journal entry based on 3 types of time notifications. You can see a list of all pending notifications and a countdown to the next alert.
- *Paid Feature* Review a complete data privacy audit and explore all your personal data at every storage location. This provides an extra level of transparency and control for privacy professionals or power users who care a lot about data privacy.