How to Use Photography to Cope With Holiday Stress
Sometimes it is great to have a creative outlet to express how you feel
Whew, Thanksgiving is a wrap, and it is time to head back home for a few weeks before the subsequent influx of holiday madness — Christmas.
If you are like me, you probably feel a lot of stress around the holidays.
There is anxiety and pressure from friends and family, and you think that if you don’t meet the expectations of everyone, you will be a failure.
Right at the moment when my head is about to explode from thinking about it all, I give myself a well-deserved photography break.
How photography helps to relieve stress, pressure, and anxiety
It is no secret that art therapy is a thing. And photography gives you several essential things in one shot (you see what I did there?).
An exercise and a gift for you
Step 1: Grab your camera and chart a destination. If you don’t have a specific goal in mind, no worries. Simply walk around your block or neighborhood, or head to the nearest local park.
Step 2: Make 20 photographs of anything that catches your eye. If you are not feeling particularly inspired, start by making one photograph of whatever is in front of you in one-minute increments until you reach 20 photos.
Step 3: Look back at your photos on your digital camera and find the one you think is most interesting. Ask yourself why it is interesting. And when you come to your conclusion, photograph that for at least an hour.
Step 4: Return home after your adventure, unload your camera on your computer, and get some delicious food. Prepare your favorite dish, or order out. It does not matter.
Step 5: Edit your favorite images, and create a Medium account on Medium.com.
Step 6: Visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and join as a contributor.
Step 7: Once approved as a contributor, return to Medium and create a post with all your favorite photos from your adventure. Then, submit it to Share A Picture Magazine on Medium.
Step 8: Many new friends and fellow creatives will see your work, applaud your work, and you will form new ideas for your next adventures.
Step 9: And finally, after all of this, your stress dissipates. You forget why you were stressed, to begin with. And voila! You’re welcome.
What are your favorite things to photograph to relieve stress and anxiety?
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Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
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