Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
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Apparently millennials are obsessed with self-care, according to this NPR article. More millennials report making personal improvement commitments than any other generation and spend twice as much on self-care for things like workouts, diets, life coaching, and apps to improve well-being.
How can occupational therapy tap into the enthusiasm for healthy living? One of your colleagues has an idea.
Meet Hannah, an occupational therapist based in London, who draws and posts illustrations on Instagram with the hashtag #boringselfcare. Hannah’s posts highlight the ordinary self-care we all do—you know, activities of daily living—such as cutting your toe nails and doing the dishes.
Most self-care you’ll read about on social media tends to focus on fancy things like bath salts or massages.
Hannah told Mashable, “in my profession, we talk about self-care involving a much wider range of occupations, or things you have to do every day — doing the dishes, washing, dressing, housework, laundry.”
Read the article on Mashable and follow Hannah on Instagram @makedaisychains.
Speaking of self-care, how are you doing? If you are stressed or just could use some motivation to take better care of yourself, check out these articles. Isn't it time to treat yourself?
As occupational therapy practitioners you teach the value of taking care of oneself to your clients, but do you demonstrate it in your own life? Take a look at a few strategies for living a balanced life from a recent SIS Quarterly Practice Connections article. The article focuses on advice for OT managers, but the strategies can work for everyone.
Are you practicing mindfulness? Get some ideas for starting your mindfulness routine. Also, find out how practicing mindfulness can be helpful for OT and OTA students.
Finally, it’s time to take control of your stress. This article has ways to help you handle stressful situations. Although it’s geared toward students in OT or OTA school, these tips can also apply to practitioners.