Occupational Therapy Month: Leisure

Occupational Therapy Month: Leisure

“L” is for leisure – one of my favorite occupations to engage in!

Defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association (2014), leisure is “nonobligatory activity that is intrinsically motivated and engaged in during discretionary time”. In simple terms, leisure is what you engage in during your free time or for fun.

Leisure is important for self-care. Leisure can help us unwind after a stressful day. Leisure can provide us with opportunities to build relationships with others. Leisure can bring meaning and growth to our lives. Leisure can be healthy…and unhealthy.

For me, unsurprisingly, my two favorite leisure activities are running or biking. Engaging in these forms of leisure helps me destress, has provided me with countless friendships, and is healthy for my body. These activities are meaningful to me and I hope that they will be my favorite leisure activity for years to come!

What’s your favorite leisure activity?

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