Get to Know Sara Wegwitz
August 24, 2021 | News
Sara Wegwitz is a Registered Nurse with a specialization in resiliency training, health and mental wellbeing education, and high-performance team coaching. She specializes in helping individuals and teams of people build confidence and transform the way that they think through “bite-sized” training experiences.
Sara will be presenting a live session at this year’s Hearts and Hands conference. To help you get to know her, we’ve asked Sara a few question in the lead up to the event.
You have been a presenter at past Hearts and Hands events, what does it mean to you be part of this year’s event?
Health care assistants have been on the front lines of this incredibly challenging and demanding pandemic. The ongoing support of their health and wellbeing is a top priority. With that in mind, it is clear from the line up and vast array of sessions in the Heart and Hands Conference how much care and attention were put into creating this event. It is therefore a great honour and privilege for me to be a part of this conference to share ideas aimed at equipping these professionals with strategies designed to support their mental wellbeing.
How has your background as a nurse impacted the way you speak about mental fitness and resiliency?
Two words: Lived experience. When I first started out as an RN I worked in acute and critical care dealing with trauma, an intense and high-pressure work environment. At the same time, I was providing support to families as they stood by their loved ones during these difficult times. It was exhilarating and exhausting all at once. The mental, physical, and emotional demands of the work soon started to take a toll on my wellbeing. I quickly discovered that if I didn’t have a skillset to fall back on to help better process, digest, and make sense of what I was experiencing, I wouldn’t last long doing the work that I loved. I began to immerse myself into learning and studying more about self-care, building resilience, and exploring ways I could bolster my mental fitness and support myself while continuing to do my work. Once I started experiencing the positive results and progress in my own life (both personally and professionally), I wanted to help others to do the same and have been doing so ever since.
When we speak of mental health, we often differentiate it from our physical health—why do you think this is?
Yes, it is a curious phenomena, isn’t it? Mental health and physical health are interrelated and deeply connected. Our overall wellbeing would be better addressed if we took a more holistic perspective and approach. An analogy I like to use when discussing wellbeing is to think of it as a house with four rooms: a room for mental wellbeing; emotional wellbeing; physical wellbeing; and spiritual wellbeing. It is important to regularly spend time in each of these rooms (even if it is to simply open a window) as each are important for overall health. If you spend too much time in one room, the others become neglected. All the rooms need attention and upkeep.
Where did the concept of the “Mindset Reset” come from?
It might seem obvious that you’d know when you’re stressed, but many of us spend so much time in a frazzled state that we’ve forgotten what it feels like when our nervous systems are in balance: when we’re calm yet still alert and focused. When we intentionally take time each day to give our brain a break and shift out of the stress response, we essentially give our mind (and body) a chance to reset. Hence the mindset reset.
What do you hope people will take away from your presentation?
To be inspired by the fact that by choosing to make tiny tweaks to how you think can lead to extraordinary results.