Guest post time!
Yes, there are loads of us showing dieting our middle fingers. Today, I bring you a post from Jessy Paston of Jessography
Jessy has been an obsessive photographer since she picked up her first camera at the young age of 12, taking photos of beauty around her from her African childhood home to her current home in the UK.
She is also a Samaritan, a volunteer role listening to people who are in distress or suicidal. This role has taught her great humility and reminds her that we all need each other.
She is currently studying to become a professional counsellor (with CPCAB) and has always found the human mind fascinating, reading hundreds of books on the topic.
After suffering from depression for years, and indeed postnatal depression, Jessy found taking and using photographs helped in the healing process, helped her forgive herself, make her relationships stronger and helped her move on with her life.
She now runs a successful family portrait business, is mum to two wonderful kids and is on a mission to help women love themselves and their bodies through the process of therapeutic photography.
This post first appeared on her site, and she’s kindly given me permission to repost it here
Have you had days when all you can think of is how fat you are or how ugly you are? I bet you think everyone that looks at you is thinking the same thing.
I’ve been there, and you know what I found? No, they were looking at me because they thought I had pretty eyes, or some other cool thing I would not let myself believe.
Here is one of the most powerful therapeutic photography exercises I have ever done and it helps to change your mindset. Huge change to the way you think. By simply taking photos of things you are grateful for, you will be able to see massive changes in your mind, your outlook and your life.
It shows you that you have your life not because of how you look but because of who you are as a person.
By looking at the things in our lives, we realise how full our lives are, how much we have and how we actually want for very little.
I used this method to help me come out of my post natal depression, and I continue to use it to manage my depression. When I am low, I project my problems onto my body and this is a good way to keep in check with reality.
See my video of things I am grateful for below.
If you fancy getting the full exercise with the questions, Hop on over to her site and grab yourself them!