Here comes the sun - how watching dawn break is helping people cope with Covid

It's taken a pandemic for Vandana Khurana to really appreciate what she had always taken for granted.

She lives a short walk from the beach at Hopton on Sea in Norfolk and she has found by watching the sun rise every day she can make better sense of it all.

Awakening with Sunrise photo Credit: Vandana Khurana

When her mother died in August in Delhi in India, Covid meant Vandana could not be by her side.The pain was unbearable but the sunrises bought her solace and the knowledge she was far from alone.

Vandana is a prevention project manager at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. She's also chair of Yarmouth's Hindu Temple.

She began sharing her sunrise pictures with inspirational messages, first to family and friends and then on social media.

Now she's raised over £3,000 for various charities by turning them into a book.

Vandana Khurana taking pictures of nature at Hopton Beach

And there's plenty of evidence that photography and art can really help people improve people's mental health.

With so many of us struggling to sleep anyway, perhaps we should all get up and see a sunrise or two.

After all nature's colourful canvas is sure to make the world feel brighter.

For more information on Awakening with Sunrise their website.