The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature put together a report by scientists who analysed over 100 studies that focused on the effects of art on physical and psychological health. It reported that photography helps express yourself and also brings about a focus on the positive experiences of life. This is shown to enhance your self-worth and also reduce stress levels.
I can attest to using photography as therapy in the season of the pandemic as I take walks outside. Yes, the streets are calm, quiet and nature seems to be free without interruptions from human activities. Taking a moment to appreciate the cherry blossom tree and her colours are one of the beautiful photos I think I have taken in this season.
A great way to engage yourself with photography is to constantly try new things: explore a new location, shoot at different times of day, try your hand at different genres of photography. After all, trying new things is a good way to be happy. Don’t wait until tomorrow, try out photography starting with your phone and let me know what you think.
Dr Oritseweyinmi Erikowa-Orighoye
Educator, Development and Career Consultant