Hosts: Te Aka Wāhine o te Waipounamu Southern Government Women's Network

Venue: Online via teams/Te Omeka – Justice Precinct

Date: 23 November 2023

Speakers: Alexandra Green Manager Psychological Services & Megan Stenswick Senior Psychologist

Te Aka Wāhine o Te Waipounamu were pleased to welcome psychologists Alex Green & Megan Stenswick.

Alex and Megan work together at the Kia Marama Special Treatment Unit (STU), Rolleston Prison and between them have 40 years’ experience in psychologically. They presented the 12 Self-Care Strategies for the Holiday Season. 


Key takeaways

  • Just breathe..
  • Take a break – if you don’t have time for a break, you need a break.
  • Calm your mind
  • Awareness is key – what am I doing and why?
  • Be kind to yourself
  • It’s not me, it’s you
  • Value connections – surround yourself with your crew
  • Know your limits and set your boundaries
  • What are my non-negotiables?
  • Don’t prioritise what’s on your schedule, schedule your priorities.
  • Plan for disasters – what are your triggers?
  • When difficulties arise (as they often will), you need to re-anchor



  • This has been a fabulous session
  • Thank you! Great session
  • Thank you all for putting this session on, some great ideas and reminders
  • E mihi ana ki a korua, loved the session
  • Awesome session, thanks!


From left: Jennie Farrar-de Wagt, Kathy Connolly, Megan Stenswick, Alex Green, Jennifer Leahy and Jennifer Belworthy

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