This Tuesdays #OTalk will focus on how making something can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and that of your service users. I was recently doing some coaching with a friend and this process encouraged me to stop putting it off, stop finding reasons not to do it and find more life balance and resume crafting with a view to improving my own wellbeing. I have started #ThisMonthsMake with the view to making one thing each month and if you would like to join please do.
When planning this talk I searched the definition of “Making” and found more than just the process of producing something. There were words like: ingredients, potential, invention, forging and so on. I particularly like the idea of possessing the right ingredients to forge one’s own well being. What I like about making things is the process of learning, getting lost in flow and having something tangible as an end result.
I haven’t hosted a chat in a while so I may be a little rusty! I’m also noting that its pancake day, so if you’re making pancakes please reflect on how this process made you feel,
Some interesting pre reading-
- Do you engage in “making” or creative occupations? If yes what do you do? If no, why?
- How does making something make you feel?
- What are the barriers and enablers to making things?
- What are some of the skills “ingredients” needed to forge our own wellbeing? How can we build this in OT?
- Are you able to use “making” in your practice as an OT? How? Why? Why not?
- Do you think you could try to make something every month and reflect on whether this improves your wellbeing?
- How do you think we could measure improvement?
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