Sketch noting for a calmer mind...

How sketch noting can help you establish what to focus on and what to let go of...

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One Saturday morning just before lock down was upon us, whilst having a cuppa I felt a pang of anxiety. Followed by flood of panic and I started to feel, well, all a bit discombobulated. I'd been watching the news the evening before and following the events unfold on social media and it was looking highly likely that life as we know it was about to change.  

I had so many things running through my mind I needed to get it down on paper and out of my head! Sketch noting (doodling, drawing, whatever name works for you) is for me a way of calming my mind. Not only do I find it useful for gaining clarity but the act of taking time to be 'in flow' is hugely beneficial. 

This is the sketch note I drew to ease my anxious mind on that Saturday morning. It's about thinking what you CAN control and what CAN'T. What you can influence and what you can't. 

Let go of the things you can't control or influence

Focus on the things you can control and influence

I hope it helps you too.

Jo Jones

Coach (ACC ICF), Barefoot Coaching

I am an innovative, professional transformational coach, who is passionate about empowering individuals to be the best versions of themselves. My approach is holistic – we will work together to form a coaching relationship that is built on trust, authenticity and honesty, one which will work with the whole of you. I will give you the space and time to think, I will nurture new mindsets, identify blocks, set goals and celebrate all that is you! When necessary, I will hold you to account and shine a light on new approaches. I'm In-House Coach and Tutor at Barefoot Coaching, both on the Coaching Skills for Parents/Family Life and ICF PG CERT in Business and Personal Coaching. I also deliver confidence workshops and I've career coaching experience working with Execs and Senior Leaders. Before I became a Coach, I was a Substance Misuse Counsellor within the voluntary sector for many years, we're I provided clinical support and counselling to a high portfolio of clients with varying degrees of substance misuse within a multi-disciplinary composition. I worked with often challenging individuals with life threatening behaviours to address their needs and their goals. Using positive psychology to manage risk and reduce harm, I also built trust with individuals who had lost trust in society. It was during this time that I built strong and steadfast foundations for being a coach.