Photography is a great way to beat the lockdown blues
More and more people are getting creative with their COVID-19 coping methods by taking up photography or art as a hobby to help beat the covid19 lockdown blues. Albeit, photography, painting or drawing they are all a great distraction from the stresses of covid19 lockdowns or restrictions. Don’t worry if you don’t have any artistic aptitude. Whether you’re a keen amateur or an absolute beginner, creating art is great way to express your emotions and process complex feelings in a relaxing and enjoyable way.
One of the things I find fascinating about photography is that it can be approached from a million different directions and can mean different things to different people. I enjoy talking to other photographers a lot – I find it very interesting to learn what they personally see in this art and what they get out of photography. That said photography can also be therapeutic. Sometimes you just need a “photo fix” when you “just have to get out, walk and sort your head out. Going out (when allowed) and walking around your local city, park or neighbourhood, camera in hand, is a great way to help combat the blues and depression caused by the covid19 pandemic.
Taking or editing the photos can be very therapeutic
For many people, the act of taking or editing the photos is very therapeutic, and also working with your photos afterwards can be just as relaxing. Reviewing your old photos from the past can also provide powerful insights and reminders as you continue throughout the lockdown, showing you how your perspective of yourself and the world has changed over time and/or how you have grown as a person since the pandemic began. Build up a body of work about the pandemic to help you process and understand the impact its had in your region. By understanding how others are effected it can help you process your own thoughts and you’ll realize that you’re not alone. Use your photography to help others. Write a blog or use social media to share your photos, especially if they show the beauty of your city, or show live going on despite the pandemic
A few ways that photography can be therapeutically beneficial
- Motivation to get outside and connect with nature or other photographers (when you’re allowed).
- Provides a shift in your perspective (literally looking through a lens helps you see the world differently).
- You begin searching for and finding beauty in the world. Walking around familiar ground with a camera makes you view your environment differently.
- Photography acts as non-verbal communication, which can be huge when dealing with issues like depression or anxiety that are hindered by stigma.
- Many people experience a “calm” state with photography, helping you to focus externally, rather than getting too caught up in your own thoughts.
- You gain control of how you frame the world. Photography makes you more creative and helps you to see the world differently
- Your photos can provide powerful self-expression and reflection.
- Photographs often allow positive feedback from others, which can be huge when going through depression or dealing with anxiety.
- Photography can be very social, helping to establish social bonds, find new friends and share expereinces.
- Photography can be a connection to your subconscious mind, helping you to discover powerful personal insights about the cause behind your depression. Often the answers we seek externally are found within us.
- Provides the opportunity to talk with others who may be suffering the same isolation and thoughts.
Don’t suffer alone
Reaching out for help can be an act of courage in itself, that big first step towards the unknown. And it’s very important to find someone you can fully trust. Trust brings a sense of openness and relief, an opportunity to feel respected and understood, whatever your situation. The helper can be a family member, a friend, a professional (counsellor, doctor), a charity or a support group. There are many options out there and you’ll hopefully find the help you need. But it needs to start from you. You are the only one who can give that first step, to make that first call, send that first email. If things are feeling tough right now, try to find some sort of will in you that will push you forward and help you make that call. Reaching out for help will be worth it. Give it a try. Don’t suffer alone……