• Christina Warrysh

How Mom burnout inspired Creative Wellness Ottawa

Updated: May 7, 2019

Selfcare + Creativity = Everything


Honestly, Creative Wellness Ottawa was inspired by mom burnout.


Creativity has always played an important role in my life. After my kids were born and the roller coaster ride of parenthood began my need to create took on a whole new meaning.

Trying to create a healthy balance between my jobs, my family, relationship, social, domestic, social, and self, was a daily challenge. As moms we try and be everything for everyone and often put our needs last. This is not smart or helpful for anyone. It can take you straight to burnout and it did.


After a particularly hard week in the summer of 2017, trying my best to manage the never-ending needs of my little kids, trying to support my husband with his own issues, and feeling like I was failing and falling on all fronts I attended an Art Workshop. This workshop changed my life.


I don’t know if it was the simple and therapeutic experience of painting, playing with colour, or being completely in the moment, but a shift happened. I was in the flow. A feeling of peace and contentment. Not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. Just being there now. It fueled my soul and balanced me out.


It was then that I realized the important connection between my creativity and wellness and what a vital need this was my healthy balance.

Before I crafted for fun here and there when I could find the time. Today it has become a key part of my sanity- creative sanity.


Creating makes us feel good. When you are in the “flow” you are not thinking about anything else. You are present, you are connected, you are engaged and not stressing.

Moms need this. I need this. As a community we need this space to slow down and reconnect.


Wellness workshops are part mental health focused coupled with creativity. The aim is to teach helpful ways to create a better life balance and daily self-care.

I want to help women/moms keep connected with themselves. To release, refuel, and refocus. To leave feeling better than when they arrived. To encourages our best selves.

In a group setting, I explore wellness enhancing topics such as mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude.

Through reflective journaling and open supportive group discussion people share and connect in community.

The second half is focused on the creativity where each person creates a unique themed piece (watercolour painting, hoop art, fibre etc).


Where?

Workshops are held at a beautiful healing lodge located just outside of Manotick. (20 mins south from downtown Ottawa). Counselling is also available by appointment.


When?

Workshops are held twice a month (usually Sundays 1-3 p.m. or Fridays 7-9 p.m.)

Prices range from: $35-60

Workshops are 2 hours.

Include supplies, tea/treats

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Spring Workshop Schedule is now available.



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1351 D'Arcy Street

Greely, ON

K4P 1A6

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