Welcome to 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. 

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is the eight-day Jewish celebration known for its nightly menorah lighting, delicious foods, and special prayers. A note to recognise that the writer does not have first-hand knowledge of this festival. Below is an abbreviated history and account of practices found through some online searches.  Chanukah is just one of the many […]

COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate the holidays.  Read how a bunch of Occupational Therapy Students are adapting their usual holiday plans this year… Celebrating COVID-19 style In years past, my family has celebrated Thanksgiving in Texarkana at my parents’ house. We usually do a traditional Thanksgiving lunch with my family and dinner with […]

Skipping into the kitchen each morning, finding the day, and opening the advent calendar window is one of my favourite Christmas time memories. In years past, my advent calendars have had whimsical drawings of winter or nativity scenes or chocolates, and one year, my Godmother made me an advent calendar with a variety of trinkets […]

Statistics reveal that on average 3.8 billion people in the world use social media (Dean, 2020). Social media has become an outlet for individuals to start and maintain connections with others. At the tip of our fingers, we are able to be present with the world and all the people in it. Especially during COVID-19, […]

“How are you coping during this time?” This has been one of the most common questions asked in 2020. When the pandemic struck and our world was suddenly put on pause, everyone was trying to find ways to cope with the stressors COVID-19. One particular outlet which has shown to have a positive impact is […]

On the 10th October, we celebrated World Mental Health Day!  There has been a growing movement to recognise that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and both should be treated and recognised with parity of esteem.  How can we take care of our mental health?  Our solution may be found […]

With how much our world is changing due to COVID-19 and how our routines and patterns have been disturbed, it is more imperative than ever to offer children structure, routine and most importantly, love. I am a school-based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant  (COTA) and have a passion for supporting special needs children succeed and thrive […]

COVID-19 has undoubtedly altered every aspect of  how we think, act, and respond. The challenges and complexities that an individual  with an illness or disability already faces has only been further compounded by the addition of ever changing policies and procedures. As an OT student entering this new realm of healthcare, the fear and  anxiety […]

The pandemic may have limited our physical social outings, however with online choirs to YouTube exercise groups or CPD forums, there is a plethora of opportunities for everyone to find companionship and connection.  Research has found that online groups can provide an avenue for friendship, that can  alleviate the  loneliness caused by COVID-19 which has increased amongst older […]

Social distancing is at the forefront of discussion across the globe, so what better way to accomplish this feat than grabbing a fly rod, your most enticing flies, and hitting the water? Fly fishing is a typical American outdoor activity, which involves an angling method that uses a light-weight lure—called an artificial fly—to catch fish. […]