Rest and relaxation are vital for better mental health, increased concentration and memory, a healthier immune system, reduced stress, improved mood and even a better metabolism.
Spend time in nature
There is growing research suggesting spending time in nature promotes many things including self discipline, creativity, physical fitness, engagement in learning and improved social connection.
- Walks are great to learn about nature and the local seasonal changes.
- Visiting the Coast
- “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.
- Bird Watching
- Getting outdoors and hearing birdsong, can help recall memories from younger years, and connecting with nature can be an invaluable reminiscence activity.
- Stress relief and self esteem are gained from regular gardening sessions. Immunity, heart health and brain health are improved. Risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s are reduced. And mental health is improved. A labour of love that reaps the benefits.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Mindfulness involves silently paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander.
- Notice the Everyday
- My photography forces me to take notice. Narrowing my view of the world to one single frame, and how to express that.
- Keep it Regular
- Mindfulness can help us all in the busy modern world. But we are all different. Find your own rhythm to suit your day. It can be something you try on your commute, to unwind from your work day, as a pause between tasks. Whatever you need, find what suits you.
- Try Something New
- The unknown can be scary. Fear can be the only thing holding us back. No matter how small this can help you realise your own potential and true capability. It may help keep that fear and anxiety in check. It can be as simple as sitting in a different seat in meetings, or trying something new for lunch.
- Watch your Thoughts
- Some people, like me, find it difficult to practice mindfulness. This is the reason photography helps me. It’s also often good to remember mindfulness isn’t about stopping the thoughts, but rather than observing them.
- Name Thoughts and Feelings
- It may help to detach yourself from your thoughts and feelings by naming them. For example “I am thinking J might fail the exam” or “This is anxiety”.
- Free Yourself from the Past and Future
- Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere. And it can be especially helpful when you find yourself stuck in past problems or future worries.
- Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, even you!
Art Can allow you to express your feelings in a symbolic manner, help bring focus to positive life experiences, help you achieve enhanced self-worth and identity, help you escape intense emotions, be a means of artistic self-expression, and reduce cortisol – the stress hormone.
- Reading and storytelling
- Reading is a neurobiological process that works out your brain muscles.
- And of course, photography
- As a constant overthinker, photography teaches me to pause, notice and capture those often unnoticed simple pleasures of life. It is a reminder to saviour the beauty of life. From there I can reflect on underlying themes in my photography. I can journal and build personal projects from this. You can too.I’ve read that children feel safe, welcome, seen and loved if there are images of themselves in the family home. I love this idea and think this is something every family needs to know.
Find what works for you.
I would love to be invited to capture you content and relaxed, surrounded by those you love.
Why is Photography Important?
I’ve read that children feel safe, welcome, seen and loved if there are images of themselves in the family home. I love this idea and think this is something every family needs to know.
You see stories, memories and keepsakes are important. Life is short. Our humanity is what makes us beautiful. The light will never look or be seen the same again and neither will we. We will never have this moment again. So, let’s capture it!