June = #CupOTLeisureChallenge

Each month in the Cup-O-T Community Facebook Group we have a theme which we explore. A number of people I have spoken to on the COVID-19 mental health support calls have said that they do not use Facebook as a platform but would like to be involved in some of the community projects that we run.

The past two months we have covered the topics of Adapt and Hope. In June we are exploring Leisure. Watch our CEO and lead therapist, Catherine, introduce the topic of Leisure in the video below. Or if you prefer read the summary below.

In June Catherine will be sharing ideas on how to explore leisure, what it means to you and how to get the balance right. If you would like to get involved in the challenge then send in you images of your leisure occupations to info@cup-o-t.co.uk or share them on social media using with #CupOTleisureChallenge

Occupational Therapy values activity – meaningful activity.  By having meaningful activities in our lives we are able to take action. Action helps us to have an impact on our environment and helps to pass time in a positive way. Without action, time can weigh heavily upon us, so we are all moved to fill or occupy our time. You may have noticed this during the COVID-19 restrictions.

  • We mark the passing of time according to what we have been doing (mealtimes, the working week etc)
  • What we do fills our present
  • We anticipate the future according to what we have planned to do.

Wellbeing comes from having a balance in three types of activity:

  • Activities of daily living or self care
  • Leisure or play
  • Work or productivity

Wellbeing can be maintained when we establish roles and routines to incorporate the activities in long term ‘occupations’ based on our values and interests:

  • Occupations are more permanent and require commitment
  • Occupations help us to develop relationships and give us a sense of belonging.

Because occupations describe who we are,they change depending on who we feel about ourselves.

  • What we choose to do changes how we feel and has the power to change our lives.

June focus will be on Leisure

A balance of lifestyle includes:

  • Leisure activities
  • Work related activities
  • Self care activities

Leisure involves:

  • The use of free time
  • Freedom of choice
  • Freedom from everyday pressures.

Leisure provides enjoyment and satisfaction and often includes:

  • Increased social contact
  • a chance to improve skills

Leisure can restore balance in life because it can be relaxing or challenging

  • It can be passive (when looking at things) or active (when doing things)
  • Too much passive activity is not satisfying and is not good for our mental health

Leisure activities can take many forms but they must be meaningful for the individual.

Over the next month Catherine will be sharing ideas on how to explore leisure, what it means to you and how to get the balance right. If you would like to get involved in the challenge then send in you images of your leisure occupations to info@cup-o-t.co.uk or share them on social media using with #CupOTleisureChallenge

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