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.
AOTA members receive the biweekly OT Practice Pulse e-newsletter where we share resources and news from AOTA and other sources that directly affect occupational therapy practice—curated just for members! Here on the Checking the Pulse blog, I will share even more relevant and interesting news, videos, blogs, and more.
I read hundreds of articles about health, wellness, and policy every week to find the most engaging and enlightening content for you. Blog readers can stay in the know, go beyond the news, and find out how the latest health news affect occupational therapy.
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If you’re feeling a little burned out or stressed at work, it might be time to take a moment and reflect.
First, for some inspiration, I recommend you read this open letter to a “weary therapist” where a mom whose son gets OT thanks the therapists in her son’s life.
"It’s not the glamorous career you envisioned in college. You just wanted to help to people, to give someone the gift of independence. You wanted to make others’ lives better, and sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it. You wonder if you’re making a difference.
You are a difference maker.
You battle on the front line."
I love this quote in the post: “Thank you for choosing a career that gives life.” Read it here.
Here are a few ways to do that:
This OT Practice article discusses the idea of reflective practice (AOTA member login). Learn about how you can become a more reflective occupational therapy practitioner by asking the three questions in the article.
Another way to reflect on your career is to identify your core values. AOTA’s leadership development programs use this exercise to help participants focus on their personal development. Find out why core values are important.
Feeling stressed at work? These three techniques for managing stress helped decrease stress levels of occupational therapy practitioners in a pilot study (AOTA member login).
What are your favorite ways to reflect on your practice? Tell us in the comments.
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