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. 

Coined as the can-do professionals, Occupational Therapists (OTs) are revolutionising and transforming the lives of many, by offering practical and creative support to aid recovery, and empowering people to overcome personal obstacles which prevent them from engaging in meaningful occupations – that is their day-to-day activities which make them come alive. Taking place between the 2nd to […]

As I walk into work, I quickly scroll through my phone to fill out the online screening tool that is required of me since this pandemic arose. (I probably should wake up earlier to complete this, but what can I say? I’m not a morning person). I reach the office at 8 am. Nobody likes […]

My name is Jessica and I work for a rural hospital system in Texas, USA. I have been a practicing Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) for two years now. I work in various areas within our system which has given me valued experience ranging from acute care, inpatient rehab, and outpatient services. What does an […]

As I am driving up to the clinic, I do my best to savour the last few seconds of peace and quiet before I enter the organised chaos that is a paediatric outpatient clinic. I don my facemask, grab my morning coffee and walk into the clinic. I am usually greeted by our Receptionist and […]

I currently work as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in the adult acute care setting at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. I’ve been practicing as a COTA for the past three years. My role involves working with patients throughout their hospital admission, who have varying diagnosis, to complete self-care tasks and mobility. Our […]

I’m Anna and I’m a community Occupational Therapist working in private practice in British Columbia, Canada.   Where do I work:  In the community. This means that I usually meet people in their homes, in parks, coffee shops, neighborhoods, at their workplaces, or in our clinic.  Since the pandemic began, I have also broadened my practice […]

I work as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is in paediatric home health setting. Every day I drive to see patients at their homes or daycare centers and provide Occupational Therapy input in their own natural setting. I really enjoy my job because I thrive being an independent practitioner, working with my clients on […]

Hello! My name is Amanda and I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) practicing in New Mexico, USA. I work in an early intervention setting which provides services for children from birth to three years of age. COVID-19 has greatly impacted my ability to practice as previously. Early intervention services are typically conducted in […]

My name is Esther Dark; I am a UK-based Occupational Therapist currently performing in community mental health care. In the UK, there has been a shift in the way we treat mental health illness from institutionalised care, to a greater emphasis of working with patients in their local communities (NHS Long Term Plan, 2019) through […]

A typical work day for me begins at 7:30am in an inpatient rehabilitation department. The Occupational Therapy department I work in includes four Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, one Occupational Therapist and one Occupational Therapy Technician. We provide services to up to twenty-two patients at the rehabilitation unit and each patient receives ninety minutes of therapy […]