What Is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy enables people to achieve health, wellbeing and life satisfaction in occupationBAOT
Occupational therapy provides practical support to help facilitate recovery and reduce or overcome barriers which prevent people from doing the activities (occupation) that matter to them. This increase peoples independence and their wellbeing.
Occupational therapists work holistically looking at all your needs, physical, social, psychological and environmental, and help you to carry out everyday tasks such as self-care, leisure and work.
- If you are in constant pain and are often tired due to a long term condition an OT can work with you to help you develop a plan to pace your activities differently including regular rests so you don’t get as tired. They may suggest mindfulness techniques to help reduce your sense of pain.
- If you feel overwhelmed and stressed at work an OT might look at the triggers of your stress and suggest and assist you with working through rehabilitation techniques such as diary writing, identifying triggers, mindfulness, time management skills and life coaching to improving work/life balance.
- If you feel too anxious or depressed to get out of the house an OT can help by challenging any irrational or negative thought patterns, work on your motivation using the remotivation approach, help you set weekly goals and stick to them using a graded approach, help you access leisure activities and return to work.