The link between occupational therapy and an Easter treat!

In the lead up to Easter and as Government restrictions begin to ease, our Occupational Therapy Students have been exploring the the ways in which we can all make the most of the Easter break. We are loving their Easter egg blondie recipe which they’ll share with you in this blog post, and can’t wait to try it ourselves!

“Hi there, it’s Jo and Callum again here. Thank you for your response to our last blog post where we shared our cheese scones recipe, and how they can be a part of a healthy balanced diet to promote good sleep hygiene. We hope those of you who decided to try out the recipe enjoyed them! Thanks again for all of your feedback, please do submit your photos and recipe ideas using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or send us an email at info@headwayeastsussex.org.uk.

As we enter the Easter weekend, we thought that it would be fun to bake a sweet Easter treat. This week the government guidance has changed to allow groups of up to 6 people to meet in outdoor spaces, including parks and private gardens. If you’re able to meet with friends and family this weekend outdoors, this is the perfect treat to share between you while you catch up with your loved ones.

cake with mini easter eggs on top in a baking tray

As many of us will be able to enjoy a longer break this Easter weekend, it’s not only a great chance to catch up with friends and loved ones: there are the other obvious benefits to your health and wellbeing that come with spending time outdoors as well. We’re probably now more aware than ever that taking some time outside can help:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce any stress and feelings of anger you may be experiencing for any reason
  • provides a chance to take a break from your daily routine and adds variety to your day
  • improve fitness – whether it’s a walk, a run, yoga or any other kind of activity that gets you up and moving, it all helps to improve your overall health including cardiovascular, muscular strength and endurance.

There are many activities that can be enjoyed by all. We know that brain injury affects individuals in very different ways, so there may be outdoors activities that work for you, but may not for others – and vice versa. Equally, everyone is unique and we all enjoy different things. So your passion might be yoga which you find relaxing, enjoyable and a beneficial pastime, and someone else may feel exactly the same way about drawing.

Occupational Therapists are trained to understand the unique needs and preferences of each individual, to better enable them to adapt to the changes brought about by brain injury. This can include every day tasks, but also helping people continue with activities they’ve always enjoyed, but may now have to make some adjustments in the way they do this. Or helping people find new hobbies they can enjoy too.

An Occupational Therapist might encourage and help you to: 

  • Try sketching, photography or painting in the great outdoors. Even the view from your garden or window can give a fresh outlook and an opportunity to be creative.
  • Take part in a nature survey by watching visitors to your bird feeder or noting wildlife whilst walking in a park or woodland. The RSPB have some great resources on their website.
  • Practise mindfulness. This is something that many of us are aware of now and is becoming a popular way to reduce anxiety levels and bring calm into our day. You can use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 relaxation technique by finding:
    • 5 things you can see (e.g. trees, grass, other people, squirrels, birds, clouds, streams)  
    • 4 things you can feel (e.g. my feet in my socks, the picnic blanket I’m sat on, the wind on my face, leaves betwen my fingers)
    • 3 things you can hear (e.g. bird song, flowing water, rustling leaves)
    • 2 things you can smell (e.g. freshly cut grass, flowers)
    • 1 thing that you can taste (e.g. your tasty mini egg blondie 😊)

So without further ado, please find the recipe and ingredients list here, and don’t forget to share your results via social media and tag us!

Happy Easter to you all!