by Tony Yuile
Back in issue 13 of New Zealand Photographer magazine Tony Yuile discussed his thoughts on how photography can contribute to meeting our emotional needs. With mental health being such a hot topic at the moment, and indeed our own blog posts discussing how photography can play a part in mindfulness and mental health, we thought it was time to share some more of Tony's tips with you, whether you simply enjoy looking at photography or can't imagine yourself without your camera.
1. Ground Yourself: Be Present
The process of grounding yourself is a technique that can help you get out of your anxious state and imaginary 'doom and gloom' future and into the reality of the present moment. Whenever you find your mind is in overdrive with all of the negative potential outcomes of a given situation, grab your camera and notice 5 things in your present environment. Spend some time examining each object in detail, how the light hits it, its size, shape, colour and consider how best to photograph it.
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2. Set Aside Time For Relaxation
Set aside a designated, uninterrupted time, ideally each day, for relaxation and stick to it. Many people state they don’t have time to relax, but relaxation does not have to be time-consuming. Relaxation can include periodic 5-10 minute breaks of breathing exercises or grabbing your camera, heading outdoors and snapping away. Relaxation rejuvenates the body, mind, and spirit and leaves us better equipped to handle stressful situations when they come.
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