Occupational therapy is the therapy of doing. When people are injured, become sick, or when they are born with a disability, there can be gaps between what they are currently doing and what they want/need/dream to do. We use occupations that are important to the people that we work with as both goals and means so that clients can do what they need for their wellbeing.

Occupational therapist in pink shirt with OT on chest with client in blue shirt. There are speech bubbles that match their shirt colors and show that they are talking about the clients' goal of kayaking

With COVID-19 overshadowing our every plan, it can become mentally exhausting trying to live a “normal” life, or at least life as it was pre-COVID. For me, my job went virtual and everything shut down in my area. I, like so many others, lost interactions with my peers and students and the ability to travel. […]

            After spending 14-days in quarantine, I stepped outside and immediately felt the sun shining on my face. I inhaled a deep breath of fresh air as I once again discovered the smell of familiar trees. I instantly felt the breeze of the beautiful day brushing against my skin. I smiled as I heard the birds […]

Are you struggling with sleep?  Has it become more difficult to get the sleep you need since we started social distancing? You are not alone! So, why are we struggling to sleep more during COVID-19? There are two main reasons for our increased trouble with sleep.  First, many of us are experiencing higher levels of […]

In this short blog, Sarah Good a Canadian-based Occupational Therapist, shares a relaxation strategy she has found helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these times, it is vital to engage in practices which help to calm and regulate our nervous system.  I would like to invite you to try a practice that I call ‘Flower […]

As our spring weather arrives in Canada many of us feel a strong yearning to be outdoors as much as possible during our few months of warmth.  At the same time, we also find ourselves social distancing and many may have limited access to outdoor spaces where we can safely stay away from others.  A […]

Should I stick with at-home workouts or should I go back to the gym? This is a question that I have been contemplating for the past few days. In some places, gyms and training facilities are starting up again, with small class sizes and lots of safety measures in place (screenings, taped out athlete zones, […]

tow women laughing while working out

For my first at-home workout, I grabbed some bags of oats, water bags, and stuffed my backpacks with Harry Potter books. It wasn’t the most comfortable workout, but it worked.    Later that day, I rented equipment from my local gym (and small business), Crossfit Lolo, so I could have a barbell and a bike […]

For me exercising is an important part of my occupational balance. It helps keep me healthy; from keeping my asthma in check and my respiratory tract healthier. It’s emotional self-care too, it pumps me up for the day to the point where, on occasion, I may be seen skipping to work as I leave the […]

I’m an Occupational Therapist who has recently relocated from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, Canada. I have been self-isolating due to symptoms, and when the 14-day recommended quarantine is up, I will be working as an Acute Care Therapist.    For this blog, I want to provide you with some tips that have helped […]

Many of you may be wondering, how do I connect my community with resources for doing and support individuals engage in their meaningful occupations amid all the barriers? Internet access is a challenge that many people experience and they are often also disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone should have access to resources for […]