How do you cope when times are hard?
Photography and the joy of creativity that comes with it has been a lifeline for me in tough times.
Whether it’s the daily grind of caring for kids or more challenging circumstances that elicit feelings of fear, loss, and grief, I’ve found photography to be a way for me to center myself on what’s good and lovely.
Photography Helps Us Look For Beauty
When life doesn’t feel beautiful it helps me to go out and intentionally look for it. I’m always surprised by how much beauty is still there when life feels dark.
A walk around the block with my camera reveals so much beauty I’d missed right around me, distracted by busyness and worries.
Getting out my camera and getting into nature forces me to look for beauty, find the light and practice gratitude for all the goodness in the world.
And gratitude and gratefulness always put me in a better frame of mind.
Photography Helps Relieve Stress
Photography helps me to focus on what’s right in front of me and tune out other thoughts.
A hike with my family and my camera in hand has the power to make me temporarily forget my worries and fears.
Just distraction? Maybe. But for me, it’s a healthy one.
And beautiful light always has the power to distract me in the best way possible.
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Photography As Self-Care
Photography has always been a way for me to care for myself.
It’s the reason I learned photography in the first place – to have something for myself, a way to learn, grow and create, in the trenches of motherhood.
It helps me remember that my ordinary life is beautiful even when it’s hard.
In difficult times we’re called upon to care for others, sometimes in ways that feel impossibly hard.
But we can’t do that unless we fill our own well, unless we replenish our own souls.
Photography has been a gift in my life that helps me care for others with greater joy and love.
What helps you in hard times?
If you’re in a hard season, this could be the perfect time to start learning something new and life-giving for yourself.