Struggling with your mental health, juggling too many demands or even just hitting a rough patch in your life can impact on your ability to engage in meaningful occupations, do things that matter to you and impact how you see yourself.
Occupational therapy can help you if you are experiencing difficulties. We use a cognitive behavioural strategies combined with life-style management through the medium of occupational therapy to help people who are struggling.
Many people struggle with executive function. This can be particularly hard for neurodivergent people (Autism, Dyspraxia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Developmental Language problems, ADD/ADHD and people with mental health difficulties like bipolar, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. Many people in general find this hard in times of stress or anxiety.
Executive function is a cluster of higher level cognitive skills including; planning, prioritization, and organisation, flexible thinking, and impulse control, working memory, being self-aware and emotional regulation. Good executive function gets more important as we move into and through adulthood.
It helps us carry out our activities of daily living more effectively, follow our long-term plans more smoothly and adapt to changing situations more easily. If you are struggling with executive function an occupational therapist can help you work on this.