Making room for resilience

Making room for resilience

We’re in the business of providing care to others, but we can sometimes forget to take care of ourselves.  If we don’t set aside time to focus on our own well-being, it can negatively affect our personal and professional lives.

By making time for self-care on a daily basis, we can build up a reserve of emotional and physical strength to help us through particularly challenging periods, like the loss of a long-time patient, or an overwhelmingly busy week or month. That’s the basis of resilience: creating a reserve of emotional strength and energy that we can lean on when things get tough.

It may seem impossible to fit time for self-care into your already busy day, but it can be done. Meet some Hamilton Health Sciences staff who are making an effort to focus on resilience and learn how they support themselves at work, and at home.


Andrew Doppler, vice president, Human Resources

To me, resilience is about taking care of yourself so that you are always equipped to handle the curveball that life sometimes throws at you.  It means maintaining a healthy balance of interests, activities and even relationships that help keep you grounded. It’s about knowing who you are, what’s important to you, and what you are capable of doing.  There will always be times when you feel like you’re going to topple over, but if you’ve maintained a reservoir of energy and perspective you’ll inevitably reach equilibrium again.

Read how Andrew stays resilient here.


Yvonne Hart, registered nurse

To me, resilience is when a person experiences personal or work challenges or difficulties and is able to recover from them a wiser, stronger, better person. Resilience is keeping a positive attitude even in times of change. It’s the ability to get back up after being knocked down.

Read how Yvonne stays resilient here.


Chrissy Crane, child & youth worker

Resilience to me means defying the odds. Being able to break the cycle and reaching your true potential, despite feeling like the cards are stacked against you. Resiliency is surviving traumatic and challenging events and being able to adapt, overcome and learn something from those experiences, regardless of how difficult they may be.

Read how Chrissy stays resilient here.


Georgia Georgiou, program manager

I see resilience as an everyday choice about how I use my energy. Will I use my energy in a way that helps me to stay buoyant and keeps me going in the face of hardship, or will I give up and sink?

Read how Georgia stays resilient here.