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Fire Your Therapist, Photography May Be All the Therapy You Need

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In today’s crazy world, many of us deal with anxiety and depression. Treatment can lead to years of expensive therapy and medications, but simple lifestyle changes can also help. For example, many therapists recommend art therapy to put their patients in a better mood.

There are many types of art therapies that can help you overcome your emotional issues and photography is highly recommended. Here are some ways it can help you break out of your funk.

It’s Mindful

Being mindful is important in helping deal with stress and anxiety. It puts you in the moment and eliminates the troubles of the past and future.

Concentrating on taking a photograph allows for mindfulness. It puts you in a place where it’s just you, the environment, your subject, and your camera. You must concentrate on what’s in front of you to get great pics.

It Allows for Self-Expression

Photography is a creative outlet that allows you to express yourself. You can use it to deal with your feelings. You can take photos that show what’s on your mind or you can take pictures of things that are fun and funny to lift you out of your mood.

It Can Take You to a Peaceful Place

Street photography can be kind of crazy, but if you choose landscape photography, you can go out into nature and enjoy a peaceful environment. This should help you alleviate some of your stress.

It Can Involve Exercise

When you go on a photography shoot, it’s likely you will end up exercising. You may be hiking through nature, or you may just be running around your studio setting up lights and switching angles. The exercise you get will boost your endorphins putting you in a better mood.

It Can Be a Social Activity

If you’re down in the dumps, sometimes talking to someone can help. And you don’t have to be talking about your feelings. Just socializing with others may make you feel better.

Photography presents several opportunities for networking and socializing. You can talk to your photography subjects, you can join photography groups you can take photography classes and more.

Looking at Photography Can Minimize Stress

Photography can be therapeutic for both the person taking the photos and the person looking at them. If a photo has a peaceful theme and look, it can calm you down. It may also have a theme that captures what you are feeling making it seem like an old friend.

If you are feeling stressed, consider looking at photography online or going to a museum to view a photo gallery. If you are a photographer, browsing through your old photos can be helpful.

Provides Feelings of Self Accomplishment

Taking a terrific photo can provide feelings of self-accomplishment. This will be even more pronounced if people say they like your pictures, if they buy your pictures or if your pictures end up winning photography contests.

Photography isn’t a cheap hobby, but it can save you considerable money as compared to medications and therapists. How will you be using it to brighten your mood?

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