This afternoon we challenged participants from the Traumatic Brain Injury Service to photograph something connected to a feeling of happiness and/or safety. A safe place is important for everyone, and the idea of having a place in your mind to retreat to is an important part of day to day living. It can help us feel calm and relaxed when everything around us is busy and focusing on a safe place can help quash anxious feelings.
Some people have a memory of a place and time that they often think about to induce a feeling of happiness. Other people regularly visit a particular location in order to feel safe and happy. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can always think of somewhere (real or imaginary) which can help to make you feel calm and relaxed.
We were very lucky this afternoon to spend time on Swansea Beach considering what makes us feel safe and happy. Some of these photographs are metaphorical representations of a safe place whilst others really are just happy pictures from a great day out at the beach.
Pictures created today are part of a ten week project encouraging participants to discover more about themselves through photography and positive psychology. It is run in conjunction with the Traumatic Brain Injury Service and Dylan Thomas Centre. At the end of the project there will be an exhibition at Swansea Grand Theatre showcasing participants’ photographs telling their journey through recovery. You can see photographs from previous weeks by clicking here.