Join the Conversation!

Over the next year, this space on the website will feature a discussion about concepts from the DLW framework with a different idea and “guest blogger” each month.  You will have an opportunity to comment, discuss and post ideas.  Join the conversation as we explore the potential for application of DLW ideas in your own life or the lives of those around you!

  • Mélanie Levasseur

    This make sense Sandra, many thanks! To activate our body, mind and senses we like to make sushis!

  • Rebecca Gewurtz

    Activating your body, mind and senses reminds me to take a deep breath and enjoy fresh air everyday, especially after a long day inside, sitting at my desk.

  • Terry Krupa

    Great blog Sandra. There is some evidence that engaging all your senses can help prevent cognitive decline in aging. Good to know that the nature walk will have multiple benefits for me!!

  • Erica Tokar

    Great post Sandra! I think it is easy to brush off this component of the model, believing many of our everyday activities inherently activate our mind, body and senses. I am definitely guilty of not being fully present in all of my activities, particularly those that engage my senses. I tend to focus on activating my body, especially in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While my daily gym routine is important for my health, it is obvious that my love for hiking, reading, and listening to music is just as important. Incorporating a degree of mindfulness into my daily routine may help me to be more present in my activities, and increase my appreciation for activating my senses.

  • Helen Badge

    Do.Live.Well. Something everyone should all focus on. What a great way of spreading the benefits of meaningful occupations – and making our lives the best they can be!

  • Natasha Maria McDowell

    Hi I am an OT working in a weight management service – I am keen to promote the role of OT in the service as its led by dieticians and has Psych input also. I would like to look at research to fully embed how important an Occupational perspective is in a team like this. Any suggestions where to look for articles, research advice etc….Im very grateful for any advice. Many Thanks 🙂

    • Dolive Well

      Natasha
      Thanks for your message. Yes, the DLW framework can provide an occupational lens to understanding some of the issues that may impact weight management that relate to day-to-day activities. Perhaps an understanding of the dimensions of meaning that food related activities hold for individuals, and exploring activity patterns that impact weight loss/gain could be helpful, as well personal and social forces that impact these patterns. Please note that DLW is a conceptual framework, not a model of practice, so you could think about whether the ideas might frame/guide what you do, and have a look at some of the tools in the tools/resources section to see whether they might be relevant. I’m not sure if you know Mary Forhan, but she is an OT researcher in Alberta whose primary focus of research is on weight management. https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/forhan
      Hope this helps! If you decide to use the DLW framework in your practice, we would be interested in hearing more!