Thriving During Uncertain Times: How to Manage Your Wellbeing and Create a Self-Care Toolkit

We have all developed ways to cope with adversity. As Leaders, advocates, and change-makers we are at a higher risk of developing burnout. This interactive workshop will help you address your emotional, psychological, physiological, social / community, and spiritual needs. This is an online session for everyone! We will work collaboratively to create a self-care toolkit to combat the effects of quarantine and burnout.

Presenters and slide deck

Cierra Garrow

Cierra Garrow is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) practicing and living in Northwestern Ontario. She is a graduate of Yorkville University with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She wears many hats as a mental health professional, advocate, educator, and a person with lived experience. She is currently providing counselling services to families, children, and youth through her position at FIREFLY NW and teaching Social Service Work at a local college.


Key Learnings

  • Self-care should be preventative in finding ways to mitigate the effects of stress by developing resiliency.
  • Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma can be identified through self-awareness.
  • Firefly NW created a Self-Care and Resiliency Toolkit, which has sessions focused on physical, mental, spiritual, social & emotional well being.

Thoughts from those with Lived/Living Expertise

What are some of the highlights?

  • Visuals are very helpful to aid in getting information across, as well as helpful analogies (like the boiling frog analogy for stress).

How can information gained be used? 

  • The information from Cierra’s session can pragmatically be put into practice by youth - either accessed on their own and complete as a self-care activity, or as a method for accessing services in the system.

What are the implications?

  • The information at this session is helpful in providing youth with activities and organizations they can become involved with to improve their mental health outside of the formalized system such as clinicians etc.

What would you like to know more about?

  • It could have been helpful to include more tips/information about how to engage in these self-care activities when we aren’t feeling our best.

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