Spent a bit of time a few weeks ago getting out in the freezing cold as I was aware I hadn’t been taking any photographs. I was letting the weather dictate both my actions and my mood which is never a good thing in my case
I’ve found that the colder months can really impact on my moods and wellbeing if I let them. I can start to close down, get increasingly grumpy and not do anything. This then starts a process which feeds into itself where my inaction makes me feel even worse until I become a misery to everyone around me
The key to getting out of this slump for me is now taking some sort of action even if I’m not in the mood for it. I know that if I wait until I feel like doing something it it’ll never happen so now I just force myself to do something as a bit of a kick-start
I’m really glad I got my arse in gear as it’s an interesting experience getting out in the cold as the whole atmosphere of the city changes; the grey light and chill air can feel really oppressive. Most of the people encountered on this day seemed to be in the same mood as me (which was completely fed up when I started!) and longing for some warmth and sunshine
My mood changed when I started taking photos again and for a short time the weather wasn’t in my thoughts; when I stopped and realised how cold I was it soon was again! An extra-large, extra hot coffee got the blood flowing again and I was glad I’d pushed myself to get out for a bit and get a couple of images I was pleased with
I was also in a much better place mentally afterwards which was a relief for my family and work colleagues who’d been on the receiving end of my moaning for far too long!