Happy Monday! Today I am excited to announce a new series on my blog: Occupationally Balanced. Over the years, this blog has transformed from a resource for OT and pre-OT students to help them navigate OT school, to a diary following my own journey though OT school and fieldwork. Now, I feel like it’s time for another transformation. As I approach the end of my academic career, I have been thinking a lot about what I want this blog to be. Essentially, my “why.” As I toyed with ideas of what I want to write about on this blog, I kept coming back to one thing: occupational balance.
You may have noticed by now that occupational balance is really important to me. It is a constant thread weaving through my life and the way I manage my roles, responsibilities, and time. I love what occupational balance stands for. I wrote an entire blog post about it here, but essentially it is a balance between the things you need to do with the things you want to do. To me, this is so important. It impacts the energy that I can put into my work and my personal life, my mental health, and my overall quality of life.
While OTs help their patients and clients maintain occupational balance and/or explore leisure occupations, I have found that OTs don’t always “practice what they preach.” In other words, while OTs are experts in helping others do what they need and want to do, we often lose sight of the balance between our own wants and needs. This leads to burnout, which many OTs experience.
With these things in mind, let’s talk about the blog transformation. My “why” is helping OTs practice what we preach – that is, helping OTs (and others) effectively maintain and explore occupational balance in their own lives. To do this, I will share monthly Occupationally Balanced blog posts, as well as my usual quarterly reading lists, monthly children’s book reviews, and 1-2 extra posts sprinkled in each month to spice things up.
What can you expect from the Occupationally Balanced series?
In this series, I will reflect on how I have been able to (or not able to) maintain occupational balance over the past month, share a leisure occupation, and challenge YOU to try the occupation along with me. I hope that this series inspires you to try new things, make time for leisure, and prioritize yourself. Let’s all get occupationally balanced together.