Living well during & beyond the coronavirus pandemic
We believe that there should be a way for everyone to choose to do the activities that they need/want to do in ways that promote wellbeing. We envision a world with increased accessibility, inclusion, and occupational justice - where everyone can participate and belong.
At the start and multiple times during the pandemic, lots of people have been physically isolating themselves to protect themselves and the people in their communities aka. The World. Many of my friends and members of my communities have expressed feelings of depression, emotional distress and anxiety and I’m sure we’re not alone in this experience.
We believe that in times in crisis, it's important to use the tools in our toolkits to support each other and promote mental wellbeing. In occupational therapy, we learn how to build upon strengths and discover possibilities in partnerships with people so that people can get back to doing what is important to them. Sometimes the possibilities are adapting for the future and sometimes it's learning to live with uncertainty. With compassion and our holistic approach to health and wellbeing, we want to use our skills to support our world in living well during and beyond COVID.
As a team, we care about what needs to happen so that people can choose to do, belong, become, and be in their lives. We want to collaborate in advocacy towards occupational justice because there are lots of things that could change to improve people's experiences in our world beyond COVID.
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Wellbeing is a state where we feel comfortable and our needs for health, safety, autonomy, and belonging are met. When our wellbeing is supported, we can thrive and grow. Occupations can promote or limit wellbeing, depending on the context.
We’re focused on promoting and advocating for all people to engage in meaningful occupations.
Occupational justice is the “right of every individual to be able to meet basic needs and to have equal opportunities and life chances to reach toward [their] potential, but specific to the individual’s engagement in diverse and meaningful occupation.” (Wilcock & Townsend, 2009, p. 193). Occupational justice acknowledges that people experience different privileges and oppressions in participation based on stigma and social forces like ableism racism, colonialism, stigma around substance use and mental health, poverty, ageism, classism, stigma around education-level, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
We value lifelong learning. While we have learned a lot, there is so much to living well that we do not know. We value listening and learning together, so that we can broaden the scope of people who benefit from occupational therapy or who access wellbeing.
We’re committed to contributing to a supportive online community oriented towards occupational justice and wellbeing. We believe in connecting with our common humanity, connecting people and ideas, and working together towards a world where the structures and systems support more people in accessing belonging and wellbeing.
We’re passionate about working with integrity, honesty, authenticity, respect, humility, and open minds. Our content is produced from personal opinions that are oriented towards occupational justice and grounded in occupational science and therapy research. We invite people to contribute ideas to our blog and share knowledge with us as podcast guests.
In response to the COVID pandemic and in recognition of the disparities in health & wellbeing access, beyond COVID started as a platform to share knowledge and promote occupational justice so that people can choose to do what they love for their wellbeing.
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The Do What You Love Podcast
Join Emily and Anna as we chat with people about doing what they love, and explore how occupational therapy and science concepts and be applied every day. We also look at issues that affect what people do disproportionately and think about ideas for change.
The Do What You Love blog
Here you will find stories, reflections, ideas, knowledge sharing, and evidence-based general education about ways that we can adapt to our daily activities, practice compassion, have hope and be with ourselves when it's hard and we're heading into the unknown, and discuss current issues and the actions we can take to grow occupational justice so more people can choose to do what we love beyond COVID.
Messages for Hope & Compassion
Here you'll find images and quotes to share hope & compassion & support
The Doing Library
A one-stop shop of online activity & wellbeing resources collected from across the internet. From resources for health professionals and parents, to activity-focused library categories, find tools for doing here.
Weekly Wellbeing Missions
Each week we set a weekly wellbeing mission on social media to inspire people to act towards their wellbeing.
Social Media - @beyondCOVID
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on the latest beyondCOVID happenings
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Do you share our vision for promoting wellbeing, social justice, community, learning, and occupational justice during and beyond COVID? Start you application today at 'Join The Team' or email [email protected] to learn more. Everyone welcome!
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Although some team members are health & wellbeing professionals, this, and any related sites, social media, podcasts, or other affiliates, provide wellness management in an informational and educational manner only, with information that is general in nature and that is not specific to you, the reader. The specifics of your individual experience matter when making decisions for health and wellbeing and we don't know you as an individual. The contents of this site are intended to assist you and other readers in your personal wellbeing efforts.
Nothing in this site or related downloads should be construed as personal advice, and must not be used in this manner. The information provided relating to experiences with conditions is general in nature and based in the author(s) lived experiences and personal views. This information does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side-effects, or interactions of therapeutic strategies. The information in this site should not be considered as complete and does not cover all diseases, ailments, physical conditions that people may live with, or their treatment.
You should consult with your trusted health professional or physician before beginning any exercise or health care program. Under no circumstances should this site substitute for a call or visit with a competent health-care professional. It is recommended that you consult a health care professional that is, or can become, familiar with your lived experience before adopting any of the suggestions in this site or before drawing inferences from it.
Please use your expertise in your own lived experience when making any decisions using the information from this and please consult your health care provider before making any health care decisions or for further guidance. If you have, or suspect you have, a health-care problem, then you should immediately contact a qualified health care professional for treatment.
We also acknowledge that our website is not as accessible as it could be. We are currently in discussions with our current web-based platform host to explore ways to add accessibility features and we are doing what we can afford financially. We will continue to develop the digital accessibility of the site as options come available and as our financial means to afford accessibility options grows. If there is a way that the site could become more accessible for you, please feel free to let us know via the contact us form.