Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely our own and not necessarily those of our employer or any other occupational therapist.


People know that by eating more fruit and veg portions and by going to the gym we can choose to lead healthier lives.  However, taking steps to live a happier, more balanced life seems a much tougher prospect.
This problem inspired Angela Hook and Sarah Bodell, senior Lecturers in occupational therapy at the University, to develop Occubuzz.
Part of Angela and Sarah’s day job is to help people analyse all the different things they do in their daily lives and find the right balance.  Their aim is to ensure patients can do everything that needs to be done in their lives, and do what they want to do - without guilt.
However, with the pressures of modern living not everyone has the time to visit experts like Sarah and Angela. Occubuzz is their way of giving everyone their very own occupational therapist, available at the swipe of a screen.
Occubuzz is based on the principles of occupational science and is entirely evidence based.  The free app comprises a short self-assessment quiz that helps the user identify their current work and home life balance.  At the end of the quiz the user will be provided with immediate personalised tips as to how to improve their wellbeing.
After that, users can record and rate their chosen activities every day.  Occubuzz tracks the user’s feelings as they carry out their daily activities - and that doesn’t just mean work: it can be picking the kids up from school, doing the laundry or going for a run. The app then uses this data to give the user an informed overview of what they are doing on a day-to-day basis and identifies what activities are making them feel better or worse.
The information given by Occubuzz puts the user in the driver’s seat, allowing people to better organise their time by striking a balance between what they have to do and what they want to do in their work and home life.  Armed with the facts about their day to day lives, users are able to change or cut down on activities which are getting them down and improve their overall wellbeing.

(see the full article here: http://staff.salford.ac.uk/newsitem/4534)

Download the Occubuzz app ( for free) from your App Store. Use it for a while and then let us know what you think. We'd love to know how you got on with it. Tell your friends and make sure you join us on Facebook to share experiences and create a " buzz". 

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  • Follow us on Twitter: @occubuzz, #whatyoudoaffectshowyoufeel

You can also watch this very brief video of Angela and Sarah being interviewed at COT Conference (2013) by Claire Jones (@ClaireOT)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Occubuzz is a great tool. I thought it was very useful in reflecting on the occupational balance in my life and ways to address this. It's also really easy to use. I've written a post on my blog about my experience of using it. http://theotprocess.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/occupational-overload-occupational-deprivation-and-occubuzz/