Health & Wellness Zen Tip Tuesday

Finding Focus through Sketching

March 26, 2019
Finding Focus through sketching

Feeling Zen or Relaxed, calm, mindful whatever term you like to use, is important for good mental health and well-being.

There are a variety of things we can do to find focus and calm from reading to going for a walk. Another way to practice mindfulness is to sketch, an activity that helps to slow the mind down and focus on what is present in the moment.

Drawing has been linked to a variety of both mental and physical benefits, and can be a helpful, meditative practice for those both young and old. I know that my almost 93 year old MIL has attended drawing and art classes at her aged care home. A new hobby and therapy for her which she enjoys.

Finding Focus through Sketching

There are several ways in which sketching can be a viable exercise for the hand, mind, and eyes:

  • Enhanced creativity
  • A strengthening of focus and strategic thinking
  • Improved holistic health
  • Developed communication skills
  • Improved coordination

Invaluable created a visual that goes through the benefits of sketching, and what we should sketch to help ease certain common emotions present in everyone. Whether you have a big decision to make or need to flush out feelings of sadness and despair, look to the below infographic for inspiration and ideas.

I’m sharing below a great Infographic designed by Invaluable which details the benefits of sketching and 8 ways to improve your mood.

Do you draw or sketch or even doodle? Let’s all try to bring out creative side and also improve our mood.

Linking up with Min from Write of the Middle for Zen Tip Tuesday.

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  • Reply The Widow Badass March 26, 2019 at 01:09

    This is great, and inspiring Sue. I used to doodle and sketch all the time when I was (much, much) younger. Time to get back to it!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 26, 2019 at 06:00

      Hi Deb, I’ve never really been good at sketching but I can see that it would be a good way to relax. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and are thinking about taking up the pencil again. Would love to see what you come up with. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Donna March 26, 2019 at 03:07

    Hi, Sue – This is very inspiring information. Once a month. I meet up with a group of artists of various disciplines to have coffee together while we each work on our current projects. Most of the members work on sketches…while I work on my blog. Your post has encouraged me to consuder joining the drawers and doodlers next time!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 26, 2019 at 05:58

      Hi Donna, I love how invested you are in life! You appear to be in so many groups and not your average ones either. Perhaps it might be due to where you live that you can become involved in your community rather than in a large City where it is harder to find that personal interaction. I’m so pleased the post has inspired you to perhaps try something new at your next meet up. I can’t draw but perhaps that is because I’ve never really tried. Perhaps something new for us both to try. Have a beautiful week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle March 26, 2019 at 07:41

    I often find myself doodling and I love to draw and sketch. I also love to paint! I have to agree too that they are great stress relievers and also pull you back into the present moment. It’s so interesting to look at that infographic and know there are valid mental health benefits to drawing and sketching. I really should make some time for art again. I used to do much more of it. Another great post Sue and thank you for linking up with #ZTT xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 27, 2019 at 08:03

      Hi Min, you should get back into your art. I wish I was artistic but even doodling is a challenge for me! I do think it is a lovely way to just relax and be in the moment. Have a great week and thanks for hosting #ZTT. xx

  • Reply Harris March 26, 2019 at 19:00

    Isn’t it funny how as youngsters we draw and think we’re artists but as we age we lose that confidence and end up thinking we can’t draw! I enjoyed your post Sue and agree it can be very beneficial in so many ways. #ztt

  • Reply Candi Randolph March 26, 2019 at 20:09

    I’ve considered adult paint by number art as a way to relax and ponder, and these ideas are wonderful, too! I played the piano for many years and that was always a way to focus and relieve stress. I love the way the suggestions include what to do creatively and how it can help us. Thanks Sue, for getting us all thinking. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 27, 2019 at 07:58

      Hi Candi, one of my Saturday Sisters gave us all a painting kit. It is a plate and with an outline which we can paint – sort of paint by numbers. I had forgotten about it until I read your post so I’m going to pull it out after we move and give it a go. I played piano when I was younger and sometimes would love to revisit that. Have a great week, Candi. xx

  • Reply Leanne | March 27, 2019 at 11:38

    I’m not much of an artist I’m afraid. I doodle a bit and I love colouring in, but actually creating something is a totally different ball game. I’m sure it’s something I could develop if I put my mind to it – maybe when I’m looking for more to fill my retirement days with šŸ™‚

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2019 at 09:18

      We are the same Leanne, I could probably do it if I try but maybe drawing just doesn’t interest me. I do remember doodling during boring meetings when I worked though LOL:) x

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan March 29, 2019 at 06:45

    I am a sketcher and doodler from waaaaay back. I can relate to what you said about doodling during boring meetings. Me, too!! I thought I could transfer that into Bible journaling but somehow when it comes to doodling in my Bible, I freeze up! Pinning this post. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 29, 2019 at 15:53

      I’m not that great Leslie even my grandsons wonder sometimes what I’ve drawn and I just tell them it is abstract art šŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of doodling in your Bible that is new to me!

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb March 31, 2019 at 15:14

    What a keeper – this post! Thanks for the inspiration – so simple!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 31, 2019 at 17:54

      Thanks Janet, glad you liked it. I’m not very good at sketching but probably because I don’t try hard enough.

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