Tips for Adapting to Change

This page was created by American occupational therapy graduate students using an occupational therapy perspective. Occupational therapy is a health profession that works to support people across the lifespan by promoting participation in activities they may want or need to do.

     We understand that how we live our lives is very different than we are used to because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we recognize that change and uncertainty is difficult to navigate. To help support our community, we have have compiled publicly-available resources to provide support for how to adjust to the change in our lives and take care of ourselves during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

What we mean
when using the term occupations: 

Hint: It's not about a job! >

Occupations are... 

activities that people engage in that are meaningful, like spending time with friends and family, taking care of yourself and your health, working, volunteering, getting an education, getting around the community, having fun, and sleeping.

(American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014)

We may be experiencing
occupational deprivation.

What that means >

"Occupational Deprivation" happens when people do not have the ability or opportunity to do things that are meaningful or important to them.

                                (Wilcock, 2006).


This may create a sense of unease, frustration, and uncertainty. 

The power of occupation in times of change and uncertainty:

Find out more.  >

Continuing to do your occupations––your meaningful, important activities––can help create a sense of stability, purpose and fulfillment.

Explore our site to get ideas of meaningful activities you can do at home, and how to fit them into your life.