Top 10 Benefits of Photography to Improve Your Mental Health
COVID-19 has affected us all, and with the pandemic showing no signs of reprieve, our mental health continues to waiver. The most common mental health problems on the rise due to the pandemic include stress, anxiety, and depression.
So how do we deal with this rise in mental health issues?
The art of photography has long been used as a form of self-expression, allowing many to delve deeper into their emotion and convey them through the medium of still images. In photography, you, the photographer, can take control and use this art form as a distraction to better your physical and mental health.
Here are the Top 10 benefits of photography on your mental health.
10. Reinforce Self-Care Habits
Dr Liz Brewster (University of Lancaster) and Dr Andrew Cox (University of Sheffield) conducted a study it concluded that taking and sharing pictures daily can improve self-care by reinforcing a repetitive (positive!) habit.
9. Being Part Of The Community
It is no secret that being part of a positive and engaging community allows us to feel more confident and happier in general. Start small! Join a social media group, chat with a few people and share some of your best shots; you’ll be making friends in no time.
8. Fun And Uplifting
A photograph has the power to capture an emotion within its image. So find some of your best pictures, have them framed, canvased, or even recreated as a painting, and then display them about your living space. Having them on display will motivate you to continue and spark joy when you stop to look at them.
7. A Window to a Beautiful World
When taking a picture, the lighting has to be correct, the angles have to be perfect, but most importantly, you have to see the image at its most desirable. The picture taken is the window to a beautiful world, one that you can look back on with the fondest of memories, perfect for that little mental pick-me-up.
6. Exercise For The Brain
Research by Professor Denise C. Park (University of Texas), photography is a highly cognitive activity. Participants who engaged in digital photography showed enhanced episodic memory and reasoning skills.
5. Exercise For The Body
There is nothing better for the human body than a good walk in the great outdoors. Team this with the carrying of equipment, the hike for the best vantage point and breathing in the fresh air, you will begin to feel happier and healthier in no time.
4. Exercise For The Soul
An old saying, ‘Do what you love, and time will fly by.’ is not just any old saying. Doing something you love allows you to put your time and energy into something productive. The more you do (especially if you love what you do), the happier you will become.
A study published in: ‘The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health’ found art therapy can help reduce cortisol, a hormone that can cause stress in the human body. De-stress with each snap.
2. Boost Your Creativity
Being creative is the perfect de-stressing exercise. Let your brain relax and go with your feeling. Take the image you want. Experiment with different types of shutter speed, colours, saturation, and so forth.
1. A Proud Sens Of Self
Take time to stop and review your accomplishments, even if you only took one picture a day, that’s still 365, remember, it’s about the journey, not the result, be proud of what you have achieved.
Railway photography is a great and very popular hobby. If you wish to have a go at this hobby then please have a read at the Ultimate Guide: How To Photograph Steam Trains.
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