World Mental Health Day: mindful photography for well-being

Today’s hectic life makes it hard to keep calm and keep your feet on the ground. A global pandemic, news of impending war, and an unclear work-life balance have taken their toll on our mental health. In times like these, people are looking for wellness tools to have a sense of control over their lives.

One such tool is mindful photography. It’s about using photography as a means of meditation. “Photography is not only a golden career opportunity but also a way to reconnect with yourself. Not only does it fill your memory box with comforting nostalgia, but it also offers multiple health benefits mental, when done mindfully,” said Sidhharrth S Kumaar, founder of NumroVani and a renowned name in Astro numerology.

Based on a retrospective data analysis at NumroVani, people who have indulged in photography have found themselves happier and more joyful because they can express their hidden desires and unspoken thoughts in the form of visuals. Here Sidhharrth S Kumaar has listed everything you need to know about using photography as a medium for meditation.

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that can be practiced anytime while doing any activity. Mindful photography brings mindfulness to your photography sessions.

It is a method facilitating well-being to stay in the present through visuals. The emphasis is not on the quality of the photographs but on the connection with nature, the environment and yourself through photography.

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It’s more about refreshing your mind in the process, rather than the end result. It does not require a professional camera, nor recent configuration. A simple camera or your smartphone will work just fine.

Additionally, this mindful photograph can be personalized to improve its effectiveness based on the person’s date of birth, name, and chronotype. Based on Retrospective Analysis at NumroVani, Personalized Mindful Photography Significantly Improves a Person’s Ability to Engage in Therapy

Practicing mindfulness in photography allows you to tap into your creativity, unleashes an artistic side of yourself that was previously unknown, and works as a revitalizing activity. According to Sidhharrth S Kumaar, here is how mindful photography can help your mental health –

  1. Facilitates self-knowledge

When you walk around with a camera in hand looking for the perfect scenic image in the ordinary, you allow yourself to be receptive to the images that come your way.

In a way, you discover your conscience and your personal tastes by recognizing what you like and what you don’t like. It’s a great way to find out where your interests lie, what naturally attracts you and makes you an overall more self-aware person who can cut out distraction.

  1. Improves the production of feel-good hormones

The simple act of creating and viewing art releases feel-good hormones such as endorphins and serotonin that are exemplary for your mental health.

Mindful photography facilitates the flow of these natural stress relievers. It also curbs the release of the stress hormone “cortisol” and therefore relieves stress and anxiety.

  1. Allows moments of happiness

In mindful photography, the focus is on capturing the things that bring you joy, happiness, serenity, and fascination. The subject can be anything – from a dense old tree to sunlight piercing through the clouds.

As his goal is not the quality of the end result but the experience of capturing what brings you joy, there is no judgment. In a world where everything is done except a result, mindful photography lets you enjoy without the pressure to deliver.

  1. Encourages gratitude for the little things

Gratitude is the fundamental aspect of well-being and essential for good mental health. Often we fail to recognize the little things that are so easily accessible to us due to everyday chaos.

Conscious photography gives us reason to be grateful. After all, how often do we stop to notice and appreciate dewdrops on leaves or different colored textures in the sky?

  1. Conscious Photography Essentials –

As mentioned earlier, all you need to use photography as a medium for meditation is a simple camera with a lens to minimize settings and no configuration. If you take your smartphone with you, be sure to turn off notifications or put it on airplane mode so you won’t be disturbed in your area.

  1. Location for Conscious Photography –

You can either choose a scenic spot to perform your practice or just go where the path takes you. In the latter case, take security measures seriously. If nature nourishes well-being, the practice can be practiced even in the heart of a city. The location can be selected based on the person’s date of birth and name.

  1. Preparation –

Before you begin your mindful photography practice for the day, take a few moments to prepare yourself for this wonderful adventure. Start by taking 10 to 20 deep breaths. Express your gratitude for having had the opportunity to explore the environment. And make the decision to experiment but not to judge the activity.

  1. Engage the five senses –

Like any mindfulness practice, try to engage one or all of your senses: hearing, sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. It allows you to discover the world around you, increase your awareness, slow down and live in the moment.

  1. Review –

At the end of your photography session, set aside 5-10 minutes to write down your experience. Write down what captivated you during the trip, what made you grateful, and how the whole experience made you feel.

This World Mental Health Day gives wings to your mental wellness journey with personalized therapy that suits your interests and your body.

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