Week 3.

This week you are hearing from Oscar.

Hello!

Here we go again, another lockdown. At a time when the nation’s mental wellbeing is strained, this is going to pile on the pressure. I know I am certainly feeling it. So this week, instead of delving into my issues, I am going to share with you more about how I cope with them.

I have a few coping mechanisms, some unhealthy ones like binge eating (it makes me feel briefly better when I am really low, but ultimately makes me feel much worse) and some healthy ones like getting out in nature. For me it’s not enough to just get outdoors. Of course that’s nice and in itself is definitely healing, but I am quite an obsessive person, so for me to switch off I need a lot of distraction. When I am in nature I have to have a purpose. For me, this often means fly fishing, cycling (whilst listening to a podcast) or taking photos. With the latter being what I have been spending most of my de-stress time doing lately. Sometimes I head out with my camera, but often I will just have my phone.

I have found that it allows me to connect with nature on a deeper level, I notice my surroundings more and I feel like I have a reason to be outside. I find taking photos really distracts me from my whirlwind mind and once I have taken the photos I can then spend a few hours editing them, more time for me to not stress/work.  Taking time off isn’t that simple for me. I live and work in the same space, and love what I do, so I do it as much as I can. However, I am human. I get stressed and don’t notice that I am stressed until I become totally overwhelmed. So I have to force my mind to stop thinking about Bear and do other things. Photography has proven to be an excellent distraction. If you follow us on instagram, you will likely have noticed I have a particular penchant for taking photos of sheep. They are just so funny. I also often don’t do anything with the photos I take. If I went out with a specific focus I would just be working!

Anyway, thats my thoughts this week. I urge you to go out (in your local area of course) and take some pictures, get creative, maybe find some sheep. I hope you have some fun. Also, I always appreciate any pictures of Sheep so please send them my way.

As always, reach out if you want to chat.

Best,

Oscar

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