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State of Wellness Summit - Thank You!!

Posted on December 06, 2019 by Revitalize Lifestyle

 

Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit, supported by Bendigo Bank and the Canny Group, was held in Geelong on Thursday, October 10th 2019. Coinciding with World Mental Health Awareness Day last Thursday, it was an auspicious day for Geelong to host Victoria’s first State of Wellness Women’s Summit at GMHBA Stadium. Fourteen expert speakers spoke to a full house of women, who travelled from all over the state to learn more about all aspects of health, wellbeing and sustainable living. 

 

The Summit aimed to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life. Women of all ages heard from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engaged in activities, a wellness expo and enjoyed nutritious food throughout the one-day event.

 

 

It was a wonderful day for like-minded people to come together and learn, exploring ways to enhance their wellbeing on all levels and finding ways to live with joy, harmony and fun. The honourable MP Christine Couzens opened the event and spoke honestly about issues facing women in today’s society.

 

Torquay’s Jo Surkitt, from Revitalize Lifestyle, designed the State Of Wellness event to raise awareness and provide education to engage, support and enable women to make good choices around their physical and mental health, family, work and overall wellbeing.

 

According to Beyond Blue, around 1 in 6 women in Australia will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime, Jo Surkitt felt an event focussing on Women’s Wellness was needed and by the fact it was sold out she was right.   Jo was overwhelmed with all the wonderful and positive feedback from the event.  “I was delighted with the outcome of event, so many women spoke to me throughout the day telling me that the day had changed their perspective on life and how much the event meant to them.” Jo said

 

 

The Summit covered wide ranging topics from hormones to nutrition, gut health to mental and emotional health, career to personal goals, fitness, overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges, rewiring the brain to creating healthy habits with guidance provided by passionate, flexible and resilient industry experts concluding with a transformational sound healing session.

 

The keynote speaker, Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist, Lauren Burns, was a highlight with her background as an elite sports person, naturopath, nutritionist and a mum, talking about the ups and downs, highs and lows of balancing life.

 

Amongst the guest speakers included Roxie Bennett (MC), Positive Change Creator Jo Surkitt, Motivational Speaker Jane Kinnear, Naturopath Rebecca Winkler and Deakin's Food & Mood Centre's team, joined by other industry leading wellness specialists.

 

 

Beth who attended the event said ‘What a wonderful, aspiring and uplifting event, Broad range of knowledgeable speakers to show us many choices to make our lives better, it was brilliant’

 

Kim said “An absolute credit to Jo Surkitt for bringing such a professional and inspiring event to Geelong. Having attended a number of Women’s summits in the past, the calibre of this summit was outstanding” 

 

“Best day I can’t wait for the next one, great for women’s empowerment, lots of great takeaways.” commented Lisa Malone

 

“Inspiring, special day, definitely great to be here! Amazing women, delicious food, can’t wait for the next one” said Sarah

 

“Thank you for giving me a new lift on life” Rachel said

 

The Summit also offered a wonderful array of 20 local businesses showcasing their products and services in the Positive Change expo, with participants walking away with a wealth of knowledge.

 

Overall, the aim was to arm women with strategies to be their best, and plan a future that integrates clarity with peace, success, good health and joy, by learning skills to live a healthy and sustainable way of life.   This will be a biennial event for the Geelong region. 

 

Don’t miss the next State of Wellness Women’s Summit in 2021.

For full details: www.stateofwellness.com.au

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Children and their Emotions - Cool Kids Program

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

Today I am looking at Children and their Emotions. Are children more anxious or sensitive these days or are we more aware of how our kids are feeling and experiencing situations?

I have found Brain Gym exercises have been great with children of all ages to help with dealing with stress, learning difficulties, mental health programs, improving brain function, memory and concentration and so much more. I have found talking about the child's day and asking how they felt about certain things that they experienced, also drawing or writing about their feelings helps to release blocked emotions and anxieties.  I have also found when children are getting frustrated or anxious a gentle head massage or holding your fingers gently on their forehead will often soothe, calm and refocus the child, they are then able to explain their emotions/feelings in a more productive way. A drink of water is another way to relax and calm a child (or adult) as the brain's electrical and chemical actions are facilitated by water and therefore improves concentration. Water enhances the brain's ability to be more efficient and effective when processing information and therefore will assist in mood fluctuations, anxiety and tantrums. 

There is also a great program run by The Macquarie University in Sydney called' Cool Kids' since 1993 through their 'Centre for Emotional Health'. This skill based program includes topics:
* Learning about feelings and anxiety
* Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
* Ways that parents can help
* Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
* Learning to solve a problem
* Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing
http://www.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/pages/cool-kids-program.aspx

Image from Cool Kids website.

Another great resource for parents with children that may have anxious tendencies is called 'Don't think about Purple Elephants' written by Susan Whelan. Susan's daughter had suffered from anxiety from a young age but through activities, tools and games she was able to eliminate her fears and anxieties. http://purpleelephants.com.au/  Thanks to ABC All in the Mind for information.

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Disco Dancing - What an awesome form of exercise - and here is the proof

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

What a fun way to spend a morning. Cathy's Crazed Institute of Go Disco ran a one off class with Go Disco in Torquay mixing all of those fun dance fads from the 60's, 70's and 80's music with a focus on funky disco moves. It was a great way to exercise, have fun, laugh hugely and everyone enjoyed themselves. This hour class left everyone feeling uplifted, inspired and energized.

Some reviews from the session include:
'It was fun, it loosened me up' Sarla
'I enjoyed the fact that everybody felt free to do what they could …..and didn't seem to feel at all self conscious . Fun environment that all ages thrived in' Wendy
'It was a friendly atmosphere and fun way to workout' Helen
'What an awesome way to exercise, I laughed so much and enjoyed dancing to the old tunes' - Mary

 

 

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