Chrissy Crane is a child & youth worker in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
What does resilience mean to you?
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.
Humour is also extremely helpful—a hearty bout of laughing truly does wonders for my mood!
Why is taking care of your mind and body important to you?
I feel that incorporating a self-care routine is essential to reducing our vulnerabilities and achieving our optimal physical and mental well-being. I’m personally aware that if I don’t practice self-compassion and dedicate time to my own well-being, then I will likely not be in a position to help and support others, especially in this line of work.
What do you do at home to take care of yourself and improve your resilience?
At home, I like to walk my dog, take turns with my family playing music videos on YouTube, take a relaxing bath, listen to a funny podcast, drink my coffee mindfully on my front porch, talk to a close friend if I am having a bad day and ensure I am sleeping adequately. I am also working on improving my communication with my partner, especially in times where I feel like I am struggling to manage the stress in my life.
What do you do at work when you need to refresh?
If time allows, I will try to have a cup of tea, go for a walk during one of my breaks or use my mindfulness app called “Simply Being.” If the day has been super stressful, I will speak to a trusted coworker to vent or problem when needed. Humour is also extremely helpful—a hearty bout of laughing truly does wonders for my mood!