There have been days when I was so busy at work that the whole day felt like a big blur. I didn’t have time…correction – I did not make time to eat a proper lunch or take a few moments to breathe and clear my head. Running from meeting to meeting and answering email after email for hours without a break leaves me feeling completely drained and out of balance. Lately I’ve started incorporating space in my day for two 10-minute photo walks outside and the results have been incredible. Here’s why…
- Connect with nature. Spending time outside is a real mood booster for me. The change in scenery, smell of fresh air, and freedom from my computer and phone lifts my mood and calms my mind. Walking around observing the sky, trees and nearby plants for a photographic opportunity holds my focus and takes my mind off the work I left behind. A camera can be a tool for exploring and learning more about the world around you. I’ve become more attuned to changes in the environment and the habits of plants by taking pictures.
- Slow down. The act of photography requires mindfulness and intention. If you are hurried and distracted your images will reflect it, plus you won’t notice the ordinary beauty that’s part of everyday life. Taking moments slow, breathing deeply and observing life with open eyes is good for the mind, body and soul.
- Release negative energy. As soon I walk outdoors with my camera in hand, I immediately start to feel better. I focus on the way the camera feels in my hand. I notice how each foot feels as it touches the ground. If my thoughts drift to work or I start feeling anxious about a situation that happened or one I fear will happen, I simply bring my awareness back to my camera and the joy I feel when I am shooting.
Do you find photo walks are self-care too? Are there other ways you benefit from taking a photo walk? Share in the comments below!