Your Daily Occupation: Satisfied
As I finished my second work training today, I was filled with a deep sense of satisfaction of a job well done. I would even say I'm feeling grateful, peaceful, and happy.
It seems crazy to say that during this unusual, stressful, strange time that I would be able to say I'm happy and peaceful, but it's true.
To me, this underlines the need that we have as humans to have meaningful occupation; meaningful ways to spend our time. It can include paid employment or not, but it's our competence, skill, and meaning that gives us a feeling of satisfaction and usefulness.
You might feel it when you complete complete an art project, make a great dinner, get that form just right, or when you solve a problem.
During this time of interacting with our world very differently and changing our routines, try to include things you're good at in your day. If you're not sure what you're good at, then look at what you enjoy—they're often the same thing. If it isn't happening naturally in your day now, take the time to insert one of those familiar, practiced activities in your day. Big or little, it doesn't matter—just spend time on something that comes easily to you, uses your skills and abilities, or is useful to the world. I hope you take a moment to feel the joy and satisfaction of a job well done.
About the Author
Melissa Christopher, OT/L is an Occupational Therapist with more than twenty years of experience and the founder of Stellar Therapy Services. Stellar Therapy Services provides therapy staffing solutions for school districts, home health facilities, hospitals, and many other settings needing Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and other therapy and healthcare professionals.