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Today’s fast-paced life has made it difficult to keep calm and remain grounded. A global pandemic, news of impending war, and blurring work-life balance have taken a toll on our mental health. In times like these, people are looking for well-being tools for having a sense of control over their lives.

Such one tool is mindful photography. It is about using photography as a way of meditation. “Photography is not only a golden career opportunity but also a medium to reconnect with yourself. Not only does it fill up your memory box with heartwarming nostalgia but also offers multiple mental health benefits, when done mindfully,” said Sidhharrth S Kumaar, who is Founder of NumroVani and a renowned name in Astro numerology.

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

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

It is a well-being facilitating method to remain in the present through the medium of visuals. The focus is not on the quality of photographs but on connecting with nature, the environment, and yourself via photography.

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It’s more about refreshing your mind in the process, rather than the end result. It doesn’t require a professional camera, nor does it require any latest setup. A simple camera or your smartphone will work just fine.

Furthermore, this mindful photography can be personalized to enhance its effectiveness based on Date of Birth, Name and chronotype of person. Based on retrospective analysis at NumroVani, personalized mindful photography enhances a person’s ability to adopt the therapy significantly

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

  1. Facilitates Self-awareness

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

In a way, you uncover your conscience and personal taste by recognizing your likes and dislikes. It’s a great way to know where your interests lie, what attracts you naturally, and makes you a more self-aware person overall who is capable to cut off the distraction.

  1. Enhances feel-good hormones production

The mere act of creating and looking at art releases feel-good hormones such as endorphins and serotonin exemplary for your mental health.

Mindful photography facilitates the flow of these natural stress-busters. It also curbs the release of the stress hormone “cortisol” and hence, provides relief from stress and anxiety.

  1. Allows moments of bliss

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

As its aim is not the quality of the end result but the experience of capturing what brings you joy, there’s no judgment. In a world where every single thing is done except an outcome, mindful photography allows you to 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 acknowledge the little things that are so easily available to us due to the everyday chaos.

Mindful photography provides us with reasons to be thankful. After all, how often do we stop to notice and appreciate dew drops on leaves or different color textures in the sky?

  1. Essentials for mindful photography –

As mentioned earlier, all you need for using photography as a way of meditation is a simple camera with one lens to minimize getting caught up in settings and no setup. If you’re taking your smartphone, make sure to turn off notifications or put it in airplane mode to remain undisturbed into your zone.

  1. Location for mindful photography –

You can either choose a scenic place to carry out your practice or just go where the path takes you. In the latter case, take safety measures seriously. While nature nurtures well-being, practice can be carried out even in the heart of a city. The location can be further selected based on the Date of Birth and Name of person.

  1. Preparation –

Before commencing your mindful photography practice for the day, take a few moments to prepare for the wonderful adventure. Begin by taking 10-20 deep breaths. Express gratitude for having the opportunity to explore the environment. And make a decision to experience but not judge the activity.

  1. Engage the five senses –

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

  1. Journal –

At the end of your photography session, keep 5-10 minutes aside to write down about your experience. Note down what enthralled you during the journey, made you grateful, and how the entire experience made you feel.

This world mental health day give wings to your mental wellbeing journey with personalized therapy that suits your interest and body.

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