Joyful Growth

Purpose. Passion. Fullfilment

Occupational Therapy believes that how we spend our time (what we do, or our occupations) impacts on our health and well-being. One of the areas occupational therapists explore with people is how we look after ourselves, ie the role of being a Self-Carer. This underlies our ability to do all of the other things we need to in our lives… if we aren’t well and energised then it’s hard …

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This week is Mental Health Week! VALUE MENTAL HEALTH Our own mental health and well-being, that of our loved ones, friends and colleagues, at home, at work and at play. Remember – there’s no health without mental health!! Many of us are very good at looking after others, and sometimes it’s necessary to put others’ needs before our own, however this post is about looking after ourselves. The bottom line …

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Most people have heard of SMART Goals. Today we’re going to focus on the S and the M. Setting Specific and Measurable goals. They are intertwined and yet slightly separate too. Get a cuppa and sit down for this post! Somehow it’s ended up quite lengthy. Many of us do no spend enough time on these areas so I am going to share how to explore them in more …

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Goal setting is one of my passions and I love supporting people to achieve a fabulous goal they’ve created, with enthusiasm and energy. But How? Well, is a series of posts about goals. Firstly, my favourite definition of a GOAL is “something you intend to achieve by your own actions”. If we set a goal, it’s great to actually WANT to do it (another W). Surely this comes built in? …

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What is a goal? Why would anyone make one? Goals often seem scary to those who don’t make them. Sometimes they can seem overwhelming, constrictive, unclear, pointless, token, or scary. But only to those who don’t really know how to go about setting a great goal! It’s one of my passions and I love supporting people to achieve a fabulous goal they’ve created, with enthusiasm and energy. But How? …

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Occupying your time with something you find meaningful is good for your health and well-being. Doing this in a group setting brings even more benefits for some! To occupational therapists, anything people do is an occupation (eg brushing your teeth, knitting, walking the dog, daydreaming, sleeping). Neuroscientists have taken the time to investigate how knitting, and other crafts, have improved people’s mental health. Craft is one occupation where there …

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Motivation is the drive we have to do something… and can be internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic) which simply identifies it’s origin. In a sense, intrinsic pushes us towards that activity, and extrinsic pulls us towards it. If we build a lego plane because of the challenge and sense of accomplishment, that motivation is coming from within us. If we build it because of the chance of winning a …

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Sleep. The most basic form of self-care. The foundation of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy. And yet, undervalued by many. Sleep doesn’t simply rest and restore our body – although this is important. Sleep boosts our immune system. Sleep helps us think more creatively and solve problems more efficiently. Sleep helps us know (when awake) when we’ve eaten enough (via the hormone leptin). Sleep improves our concentration …

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