A few weeks ago I was having a rough day. I can't remember why now, but that is not important. I found myself up in the clouds of my head and not able to ground myself into anything I wanted to accomplish. So instead of beating my head into the ground, or walking myself into circles around my house a million times, I decided to play dress up and have fun with photos. Instead of using my real camera, I played with my phone camera, which is a little harder to operate for me without being able to fully control the lighting. It was on a whim, and just for the hell of it. I stayed dressed up around my house that day too, and even though I wasn't going to see a soul except my husband that day, it was just for me. And it felt good.
Sometimes it feels good to play. Whether its feeling the girl in you and playing dress up in pretty clothes. Or prancing around yourself house in your skivvies. Or anything your heart would call play. Even if its just for 10 minutes. If I find myself feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, stuck, unmotivated, whatever the feeling may be that is causing me to feel off, finding a way to play helps me. When I am with my camera, I lose myself in the moment while I'm doing it. I'm not worried about emails, or to do lists, or dirty floors. All those things pause for the time being. I usually return to my task at hand feeling refreshed, from being outdoors, from tapping into my creativity, from allowing myself to feel good in my skin, and from taking moments away from work.
All you need is your backyard, your phone, and the freedom within you to be yourself.