50 Ways to Stay Well #15- Photography

It has been proven that creativity and art therapy are valuable tools for emotional wellness. Photography is one such tool that you can utilize without going to art school or being professionally trained. Modern technology provides easy-to-use options including a variety of automatic modes on point-and-shoot cameras, digital SLRs (single-lens reflex cameras), and camera phones. Now anyone can take photos — and just by taking a photo, you are taking a moment to stop and look at your environment through a new lens.

There are many benefits of having hobbies such as taking a break from life and work, offering new challenges, uniting you with others, and promoting staying present.

With photography you open your mind to a new creative outlet and begin to see things in a way you might not have noticed before. Nature photography gets you outside and moving in nature, appreciating the little things that capture your attention.

Online sites such as Instagram and Pinterest showcase millions of beautiful photos to inspire your imagination.

RESOURCES

CASA- Adult Courses

Lethbridge Photography Club

ARTICLES

How Taking Photos Can Improve Your Mental Health (Huffington Post)

The Therapeutic Benefits of Photography (Pysch Central)

The Happiness Project: 6 Reasons to Take More Pictures (Good Housekeeping)

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