Do this for you. Take two minutes out of your day to slow down your breathing, de-stress, release any anxiety/tension, and give your mind a mental break. Being in nature and/or looking at nature photography can provide countless benefits. As I discussed in my very first post, research shows that spending time in nature, or even just looking at it through photography can reduce stress, depression and anxiety, slow down breathing, lower heart rate, and much, more (disclaimer: please note that I am not a Doctor or a licensed professional in this field. To find out more information, please visit the articles listed or talk to your Doctor if you have any concerns).
Without further ado, let’s start to unwind.
Wherever you are, take a few seconds to get as comfortable as possible, and focus on your breathing.
Inhale for 4 seconds.
Hold your breath for 4 seconds.
Release your breath for 4 seconds.
Repeat this 2-3 times. Close your eyes for a moment if that feels right for you.
Now. Take a look at the photograph and imagine yourself in the following environment:
You are hiking on a warm, sunny fall day.
The trail is littered with orange leaves and you hear a familiar ‘crunch’ as you walk over them.
The trees are glowing yellow in color, and their vibrant colors surrounding you ignite all your senses.
The air has the spicy smell of fall.
As you continue walking, what sounds do you hear?
Sit and contemplate this scene and focus on your inhale, hold and exhale for as long as you are able. As you go throughout your day (or if you find yourself up at night), come back to this photograph, the scene you created in your mind and your breath.
Photograph and guided meditation prompts © Ld Nature Photography | 2017 and cannot be used without written consent.