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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

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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Enhancing our Brain Function in 2 minutes

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

The use of simple, yet powerful moves to switch your brain on and integrate your brain with your body, will allow it to function optimally, and therefore increase concentration and your ability to focus, improve your memory and enhance your learning ability.  To learn more about exercises we can do to strengthen our brain function contact Jo 

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Awaken your Body Simply on these Wintery Mornings in 4 minutes

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

4 minute Qi Gong Self Massage - Patting

This simple and quick self massage boosts your energy, enhances your immunity, gets your metabolism moving, cleanses your organs and awakens all of your body.  It’s great to do every morning to start the day, especially in winter to get yourself functioning for the day ahead.  It works on tapping the Chinese Meridian points throughout the body clearing any energy blockages or stagnation and enhancing blood and energy flow.  This type of massage is an ancient Chinese activity used by millions of people in China on a daily basis as part of their Qi Gong/Chi Kung practice.  Qi Gong (Translated as Energy work) is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.  

So find 4-6 minutes in your morning and start PATTING.

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A Brutal Kangaroo Attack Changed My Life

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

I made all the right choices. I ditched a busy life in Melbourne for a more balanced, seaside existence. I worked less, walked more, swam in the sea most days. I fell head over heels in love and built a happy life in Torquay with the man of my dreams. And then my Chronic Fatigue (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) returned with a vengeance. These two unwelcome companions failed to notice that I was doing everything right - they had to be beaten. Fate seemed to know this as well and, while I planned a silent meditation retreat, she organised a wake-up call.

 My retreat catered for people with chronic illnesses, and I embarked on it full of hope. This was where I was going to find clarity, the tools I needed to thrive. I immersed myself in nature, exploring the grounds and watching the kangaroos as they grazed quietly in the distance, the joeys scampering around their mothers, the birds singing in the bush. It was everything I needed; peace, harmony...and a solid blow to my jaw.

 I had been so focused on the scenery in the distance that I had completely ignored the ‘bruiser’ creeping up on me. And he was hardly a discreet creeper. Blinded by shock and pumped full of adrenaline, even I could see that this was no small roo; I should have seen him coming. Now he hissed into my face and rained down blows with all the finesse of Mike Tyson as I hesitated. I toyed with the idea of fighting back, but even my adrenaline soaked brain could see that he was already doing serious damage. I opted to run instead and he followed me; my hasty retreat giving him all the time he needed to bring his hind legs into the fight. My back, butt and legs took the brunt of this new attack and, in the end, all I could do was curl up and wait.

 To this day, I have no idea how long I stayed like that. Time moves differently when you’re under attack, paralysed with shock and waiting for Skippy to get bored and hop off. He’d done some serious damage by the time he finally realised he had me on the ropes and disappeared. He left behind torn clothes, shredded skin and some of the most impressive bruises of my life as mementos of our little encounter.

 As I dragged myself back to the retreat, one thought stood out through my shock; at least it was me. I was in the best shape of many of the guests there, and I doubted that those battling cancer could have walked away from a few rounds in the ring with a kangaroo. Of course, they would never have had to. This was my message. If it had been a random attack, I never would have been able to quieten my tired mind long enough to meditate. But it was my sign, and one evening's contemplation was what I needed to interpret it.

 The kangaroo is a symbol of strength, stamina and balance, and he’d certainly shown himself capable of all three during our afternoon encounter. His special energy field meant that he was here to offer protection (my poor battered body begged to differ on that point), and he represented moving forward, never turning back; committing to a vision.

 I knew then that my carefully balanced life away from Melbourne still wasn’t perfect. I had been putting Revitalize Lifestyle on hold, making excuses as to why I had yet to realise the full potential of my vision for my business. I needed more time, more money, more contacts, a bigger house. The reality was I needed none of these things; I needed the courage to commit to my vision. And it was a lesson only a kangaroo could teach me.

 These animals have a lot to say, and every aspect of their message resonated with my life at the time. Symbolic of escaping a bad situation, my aggressive roo made me question why I was wasting my time working three jobs when only one of them played to my passion. I was stuck, I was bored, and I had everything I needed to make my life better. My vision was to inspire people, excite, motivate and educate those looking to enhance their wellness. This was my passion, encouraging others to seek out their own happiness, and I had turned my back on the person who mattered most in that equation, me.

 So I committed to my vision. I resigned from one job and instantly created more time for Revitalize Lifestyle. I needed to fulfil my dream, to rebuild the business I had started in Melbourne. I wanted to make it better, to include Wellness Retreats and Wellness Programs for Schools alongside my existing Wellbeing and Happiness Programs. Once I reached this decision and put these steps into place, my CFS and FM symptoms improved dramatically. I moved through my life with ease, building a regular client base, running wellness retreats while I was pregnant with my first son. I revelled in the joy my success brought to others as well as myself.

 In September, I fulfilled my vision, opening a new clinic and healing space that I am immensely proud of and which continues to be a source of inspiration, strength and excitement. And I owe it all to one antisocial marsupial who did what no one else could and knocked some sense into me. Literally. 


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