Keep Calm & Stay Home

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It’s been tough. It’s been tough to work from home. March 16th, 2020 was my last shoot. Looking back, I was back with my camera in 15 days after Vanraj was born. And now it’s been two months I’ve not photographed a single baby with my camera.

Ofcourse I have my baby Vanraj to create some great portraits. My own muse, why would I not make even one portrait of his ? Why would I not make the most of this time and make some more video tutorials ? Why would I go deep down into my thoughts and not get the courage to do what I want to do ? The truth is the daily monotony. It’s been tough to be creative around the daily monotony of life. My inspiration is lost.

This lockdown made me realise my inspiration who are the lovely parents who’d want to photograph their babies and trust me with their precious memories. I don’t get to meet them anymore. My inspiration is my Mom & Dad, I don’t get to meet them either. My inspiration is the chaos of the city which is missing too.

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Dad with Vanraj,Mountain view 2018

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Nobody knows when things are going to be normal. OR Is this the new normal for this year ?

Mental health is definitely affected to some point. But I am not going to give up. The University of Michigan suggests a few things you can do to for your Mental Health. I’ve tried some of them & some I will be in next two weeks :

  1. Value Yourself – Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a seed, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.
  2. Take care of your body -Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:
    • Eat nutritious meals
    • Avoid cigarettes
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
    • Get enough sleep.
  3. Surround yourself with good people – People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.
  4. Learn how to deal with stress – Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try Breathing technique or do Tai Chi, exercise, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.
  5. Quiet your mind – Try meditating, or say a prayer everyday. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.
  6. Give yourself – Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.
  7. Break the monotony – Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, but in Covid times like these where there is no proper schedule.. Things mentioned below does help to rejuvenate a mundane routine.
  • Laugh out Loud
  • Listen to music
  • Stretch
  • Be thankful
  • Read for fun
  • Daydream
  • Remember all the good things about yourself
  • Create a collage representing “The Real Me”
  • Write a poem
  • Learn yoga
  • Sing, draw, dance, sculpt – express yourself!
  • Forgive yourself or someone else
  • Get or give a massage
  • Fingerpaint
  • Take a deep breath
  • Play hide-and-seek
  • Tell someone you appreciate them
  • Turn off your phone
  • Tell yourself the loving words you want to hear
  • Watch cartoons
  • Call a friend
  • YouTube music classes – I started learning drums
  • Rearrange your room

Eventually everything that is going on right now will come to an end. All you have to do is keep sane in these unbalanced times and not let yourself and mind go to places where it shouldn’t.

Cheers! Tc 🙂

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