Neutral colors are often calming. They don’t speak loudly. Shades of gray especially fall into this category. An abstract image combined with gray can be very soothing, creating what some call a contemplative photo.
This is a bit of beach boardwalk that leads through a tunnel of mangroves. The railing casts its shadow across it, creating a simple abstract image. When I come out the other side, it will lead me to sun, sand, and endless sky and sea-- nature’s ultimate recipe for calm. Contemplating this image reminds me of that and calms me even if I’m miles from the sea.
Look for a simple composition today that incorporates graphite or another gray shade. Maybe you’ll feel calmer just thinking about it.