Last year I purchased a compact camera for £900 instead of the latest iPhone and wrote about why I loved the camera. As, at the time of writing, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, I want to unpack one of the reasons why I made that choice – focused creativity.
A smartphone can make great pictures – even my ageing Google Pixel which I still haven’t replaced is a great camera – but there’s something more important than the technical capability and the quality of pictures you make, and that’s the impact of creativity on your mental health.
It’s widely researched and recognized that excessive use of a smartphone has a negative impact on mental health(opens in new tab), and conversely that practicing creativity can give your mental health a big boost(opens in new tab). It’s worth acknowledging that while getting creative and being in nature isn’t going to totally cure debilitating mental health conditions, it can provide some much-needed mood-boosting benefits and alleviate mild-to-moderate symptoms.