“Studies have clearly shown that the very act of recalling and expressing an event through journaling can improve immune and heart function, as well as general well-being.”
The power of journaling. Journaling has the power to heal, to realign yourself, to put you back on the right path. It is an outlet for emotions. It’s a way to reflect. It’s a way to record. It’s a way to tell your stories, to exercise your memory. It’s a way to understand yourself. It’s a great tool for highly sensitive children too.
It’s also a way, according to Lana Jelenjev, to care for your soul. The newly launched Soul Care Weekly Planner focuses on being, rather and doing. It’s a weekly planner that asks you how you would like to feel, what you want to remember about your day, what you would like to experience and who you’d like to connect with. It asks you to reflect on what you need to nourish your soul, to reflect on what you have done to take care of you.
I journal enthusiastically. Daily. At the moment I use the bullet journal system which has increased my productivity and focus more than I could ever describe here. I love it. But it’s all about doing, and not being. And I love the idea of both.
My role at home is changing a little as my youngest heads off and joins his brothers in school. I have more time to write, to focus on my writing projects. But I also have more time to focus on me. To focus on being. For a little self-care.
For a highly sensitive parent, self-care is vital. Getting time and taking on activities that empty your bucket is so important. If your bucket is empty, you can parent your HSCs more patiently, calmly and with more understanding. And that was my intention this year. It will remain my intention in 2016 too.
And I welcome any help I can get with that which is why the Soul Care Weekly Planner beckoned me.
“My goal is to help you ask the questions that will connect you to your authentic self, nurture your soul, and align your actions with your True North.
What if we change the paradigm of doing to “being” by making it a habit of asking ourselves the right questions? Questions that will get us nearer to our True North. Questions that will challenge us to connect with ourselves. Questions that will reveal what our soul yearns for.”
What I love about the planner is that it poses questions, makes you reflect but doesn’t point you in any particular direction. A journal is personal. A journal is a journey. And a little help along the way, a hand to hold, is always welcome.
For three lucky readers Happy Sensitive Kids has a downloadable Soul Care Weekly Planner up for grabs. To win one of these planners simply leave a comment below to let me know about your journaling experiences. Tell me about your favourite place to journal, describe your favourite journal to write in – or tell me about the pen you use. Tell me how journaling helps, why you journal – or why you want to start.
Three winners will be chosen on Wednesday 28th October.