Why Photography is Good for your Mental Health

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I believe photography can be good for your mental health.  My journey to using it was last year, after buying a camera, my hubby and I decided to embark on an experiment – it was to take 1,000 photos over a one month period to see what we would take and what caught our eye.  It was an exciting and eye-opening task and one which I am going to repeat once I get my new camera!

 

What lessons did I learn?

Well, the first lesson was that it improved my emotional well-being.  Taking these amount of photos encouraged me to go outside, it encouraged me to engage with people, it also allowed me to look in-depth for any meaning behind why I took a particular image and talk to my hubby about what I took and what it meant to me.

 

Allowed me to gain insight

Through my photography I was able to promote self-expression and to become self aware.  It is often said that every photo we take is a type of self-portrait.  This is so true and doing this kind of task you can see for yourself and explore the images you take.

 

Positive Lasting Change

Another consequence of the 1000 photographs task was that it produced a positive change in my family – we involved the kids in the task too and had them taking photos and talking about them. It also meant we were sharing our love and interest in photography and they were learning new skills.

 

It’s for everyone

You don’t have to own an expensive camera – in fact you don’t need a camera at all as we all have smart phones these days.  It’s a fantastic way to engage with your children and a great way of getting out and about exploring.

 

I would love to know if you take photos and whether you have looked in more detail at what you take?

 

Below are some of my photos!

 

 

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