What gives you a sense of wellbeing or makes you feel in ‘fine fettle'? At this week's Setting the Scene session we asked our participants to describe what makes them feel good as part of our wellbeing theme. Margaret described how she enjoys meeting up with friends for a coffee, whilst Ron feels better after a good walk. Ian is happy to have his dinner on the table, as long as it's not curry, and Brian is cheered by receiving a phone call from somebody that he hasn't heard from in a long time. Whilst our group enjoyed the Swedish tradition of ‘Fika', which means to share coffee and cake with friends, we discussed all those little things that contribute to our daily happiness.
Practitioner Rachel shared the Indian concept of laughter yoga in which we asked our group to fake a laugh, firstly in a low and then followed by a high pitch; our practise soon turned into real giggles all around the table - a scene which made Brian recall the famous laughing clown statue that many of our group remembered from the Blackpool seafront.
Following on, practitioner Jenn shared some calming breathing exercises which made us all feel very relaxed. John joked, "We'll all be asleep next!” Afterwards, we listened to a guided meditation, in which the speaker described a beautiful, calming scene by the Mediterranean Sea, the crashing sound of the waves and seagulls audible in the background. Drawing on this for inspiration, our group collectively came up with their own guided meditation.
We imagined sitting on top of a fell, watching the clouds swirling over the lake, a stream bubbling down beside the side of the path and the occasional sound of the sheep and birds calling in the distance. Carer, Gilly, did a wonderful job of reading the finished piece to a background relaxing track; it was wonderful piece of writing, full of vivid imagery and our group completely captured the essence of the tranquil scene that we were trying to portray.
Finally, now that we were all extremely at ease, we decided to end the session with a lively sing-along to If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked a Cake, All Things Bright & Beautiful and The Skye Boat Song.
Today our group shared all of the things that make them happy in their day to day life, it was heartening to see that it was often the simple things such as good food, chats with friends and, of course, the great outdoors which contribute to their wellbeing. Here at Setting the Scene it's our participants that brighten our Thursdays with their wonderful stories and endless sense of fun. We look forward to welcoming everybody back for a new theme next week.
Setting the Scene is a series of creative sessions provided by Theatre by the Lake, run with support from Amy's Care for people living with dementia and their carers. Sessions are free to attend and are on Thursday mornings at 11.00 - 12.30.
The current block of Setting the Scene will run until 20th December (no session Nov 8). Occasionally sessions take place at alternative locations. For more information, please contact Mary Elliott on 017687 72282 ext. 269.
To hear more about or contribute to Theatre by the Lake's work in Dementia please call our Box Office on 017687 74411.