Sensing wellbeing

June 19, 2020

Invigorating our senses

The five senses – sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste – are our link to the world around us. They are essential for our enjoyment of many experiences, such as eating a meal or taking a walk in a nearby park. They are closely connected to our emotions and memories, so they can have a very dramatic impact on how we feel: sensing our wellbeing. During these difficult times and with everything that’s going on in the world, it’s even more important to be in touch with and invigorating all of our senses.

Open your eyes

To start with, we asked you to open your eyes: using your sight to experience the beauty around you, then capturing a photo of that moment. The power of photography as art is that it serves to enhance the way we see the world. Research shows that it activates your brain and stimulates your inner creativity to make life more interesting. Remember it’s not about what you capture in an image, but rather what sort of emotion the image makes you feel.

Important for everyone

Our photo competition #MyLockdownLens is being judged next week and the winners will be announced. All entries will be showcased on our website gallery, so please keep a look out. Although the competition has been for children and young people, we really want to encourage everyone to start invigorating their senses more – starting with practising photography. So please don’t hold back and start snapping whatever makes you feel happy!

Our next Wellbeing challenge will focus on ‘touch’. Watch this space!