I’ve used many a journal in my life over the years and readily admit, I can be pretty picky when it comes to a good highly sensitive person wellness journal. As a freelance writer, author, publisher, book writing coach, and entrepreneur, I find that journaling is a necessary element in my daily self-care routine. When I came across Silk+Sonder journals, I was delightfully surprised at how lovely this planner journal helped me feel on top of my life in a new way. While these journals straddle the line of day planners, mood trackers, and intention-setting workbooks, there are some empty-lined pages for unscripted journaling. Below is my review of the Silk + Sonder highly sensitive person wellness journals.
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Highly Sensitive Person Wellness Through Mood-Tracking
Monitoring one’s emotions is a very important step in the journey of a highly sensitive person. Once you find out you’re an HSP, you find such depth of recognition of your moods and emotions as a vital way to understand yourself, experience growth, and embrace self-improvement. I love that the Silk+Sonder journals have a mood tracker page for each month. While the mood tracking is all done on one page and isn’t integrated into the daily calendar portion, I found it easy enough to use the weather icons on the daily calendar page to track my mood – sunny for great, cloudy for meg, stormy for not-so-great. You can also order stickers from Silk+Sonder to customize many of the pages in the journals.
Highly Sensitive Person Wellness Through Habit-Tracking
I enjoyed both the full habit-tracking worksheet in the journal AND the smaller habit/goal-tracking section on the daily calendar. I used the daily calendar tracker more, to be honest. It was easy to write my goals for exercise, walking my dog, stretching, meditating, and prayer. It felt good to cross off the days that I met my goals. Simple things like having a paper journal to manage and keep track of my goals were very enjoyable. I didn’t use the one-page habit tracker worksheet quite as much.
Highly Sensitive Person Wellness Through Setting Intentions, Reflections, and Gratitude
In the journals, there are specific sections and pages for setting intentions for the month, going over monthly reflections for the previous month, and jotting down a gratitude list. I loved reflecting on the previous month to see what I did well and where I needed improvement. I also enjoyed planning the month to set intentions for work, family, friendships, and self-care.
Perhaps most of all, I enjoyed the gratitude page, which is numbered 1-31 (or the correct number of days for each month). Every week or so, I’d review my Google calendar (which is always jam-packed since it’s our shared family calendar), and write down one thing I was grateful for around each day. I’m not sure why, but this intentional practice helped me pause, reflect, and be thankful. This is a practice I intend to keep to improve my mental state as a highly sensitive person. While I find value in noticing and recording pain, keeping track of gratitude is a wonderful way to build awareness around your life in a positive way.
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Highly Sensitive Person Wellness Through Shared Experience Using the Silk+Sonder App
As a part of my review, I was granted full access to the Silk+Sonder mobile app. In this community, there are daily prompts, ways to connect with other journalers, games, meditations, audio teachings, and much more. I enjoyed the ways to connect and the push notifications to set up your journal for next month, etc. but felt that there were too many daily push notifications that distracted me. Some days, there were three or four push notifications. Because I prefer fewer phone notifications, I turned them off. I tested out the app for several months and found that it did provide a good amount of mental well-being and support. For me, since I am an HSP-trained coach, plus I have my own coach and therapist — I call this together with my partner and friends my ‘wellness team’ – I didn’t benefit that much from the app. If I had more time and needed additional connections, the app would be a valuable resource.
Size and Shape of Silk+Sonder Journals
One of the things I love most about this journal is the shape, size, and portability of the journal. At 8.5 inches tall and 7 inches wide, spiral bound with nice paper, the Silk+Sonder Journal fits in my purse, feels nice to the touch, and is easy to tote. I liked having it in my purse to pull out when waiting at the doctor’s office or in the pickup line at my kids’ school. Like many HSPs, I prefer a mix of screen to paper in my life. I work on screens mainly, use my phone and Google calendar for everything, and do video calls and voice calls with my clients–and yet there is something lovely about having an actual physical journal/planner in my purse!
Silk+Sonder offers a monthly or yearly subscription to their journals and each month has a different theme, layout, and design elements to shake things up (but not too much).
Lastly, whatever journaling method you use, there are wonderful benefits from recording your thoughts, events, gratitudes, and moods in a journal for your highly sensitive person well-being.
Be sensitive, be free
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