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Top 5 Tips to Relieve Stress with Your Camera


 

No, I’m not talking about banging your head with your camera! (although that would distract you momentarily!) These tips will help slow you down and remind you to be present. When you are fully aware of this moment, it is much harder to get overwhelmed, stressed and future trip.

1. Take yourself on a photo walk with your camera. Just 10 minutes is all you will need. Go slow. Breathe. Really look. Take photos of all the details along the way. Get closer to your subject and take more photos. This is a walking photo meditation. It’s sacred time for you to be shown the wonder that awaits you right outside your door.

 

2. Look for power signs. The universe is sending you messages all the time. Set your intention to notice the signs. When you do, take photographs of them. What does the sign mean for you? What is the universe trying to tell you. What is it that you’ve forgotten?

3. Pick a time of day and schedule taking one photo. Be mindful of this time. Be present while taking the photograph. Practice awareness while you look through the viewfinder. Here is an example of a photo a day called the “Nap” Series.

4.Visual gratitude list through photography. Take photos of all the people, places and things in your life that you are grateful for. I bet you can come up with at least 5 things. But even ONE thing is a great start. Do this on a regular basis. It will shift your attention from all the stuff out there, to all the heart felt stuff that really matters most.

5. Write a list. What does a list have to do with photography? Complete the first task on the list. Then get up and walk away. With camera in hand go find an interesting view or composition and take a photo. This practice can help bring more joy. Do a task. Take a photo. Rinse and Repeat. Get creative about the photo you take. It could be a self-portrait in the mirror or of your feet outside on the grass. Be curious. Shift gears. Let go.

 

Photography is a great tool to end stress. It can help shift your attention. You will find yourself more centered and productive. Look through the viewfinder as a way out from under the pile of “to do’s”.  When you do, it will bring you to a place of peace and joy.

 

Catherine is an award winning photographer with a passion for helping others achieve their dreams. Her photos have been published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine and inside Oprah.com. She leads Soul*Full Retreats and eCourses for women, merging creativity and personal growth. Find out which one is the best fit for you at http://www.catherinejust.com, and follow her on Twitter @Catherine_Just.