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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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Emotional Intelligence delivers real business smarts for the future - innovative workshop coming to Geelong

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Revitalize Lifestyle

Emotional Intelligence 101

    

You might know your area of expertise back-to-front and be a leader in your field.

But it's not what you know but how you understand yourself and relate to others that will give you the winning edge at work and in your personal life.

The term Emotional Intelligence refers to how well individuals handle themselves and each other, and the good news is it can be learnt. Specialists in the field two passionate locals, Melanie Kearsey and Jo Surkitt will share their insights at a one-day workshop in Geelong this November.

"With technology changing the way so many industries do business, one thing that won't change is how highly developed emotional intelligence can turn managers into truly effective leaders and, workers into deeply engaged employees," the pair say.

Having worked closely with high profile clients such as Cotton On, BP and Vodafone, they have developed a program that includes their best tips and tricks to help participants develop their own skill set they can use both at work and in their personal life.

Melanie says that she and Jo developed the program based on the strong demand from local businesses, “Our corporate clients kept telling us similar things, they’d say; we want our team to get along better, we want people to communicate more effectively and improve employee engagement, we want people to be able to manage their emotional state and to feel less stressed.  Jo and I heard loud and clear what our clients wanted to learn, and that’s why we’ve developed this program.”

Participants will learn how to manage how they think and feel, express themselves more assertively, navigate conflict, manage negative emotions, regulate their emotional state, and create positive personal habits and routines to boost time management and organisational skills.

Melanie and Jo will teach workshop participants how to manage stress, cope with fear & failure, develop meta-cognition strategies that involve noticing and managing your own thinking and developing skills to adopt more resourceful, constructive thinking and behaviours. Practical mindfulness, yoga and movement exercises will also be incorporated.

Managers will benefit from the course by learning how to increase employee engagement within the workplace as well as improving their ability to lead, inspire and influence people.  The program aims to boost workplace productivity, improve individual and group behavior and performance, and lower staff stress and absenteeism.  Anyone wanting to feel more optimistic, energised and motivated at work and in his or her personal pursuits will find the course valuable.

The Emotional Intelligence workshop will be held at the Novotel on Geelong's picturesque waterfront on  8th November. Participants will enjoy delicious meals from a menu designed by renowned nutritionist Michele Chevalley-Hedge.

They will leave the workshop armed with a wealth of material detailing the tools, techniques and exercises covered during the program.

Early bird bookings (before October 8) are on sale now Emotional Intelligence 101

 Why Melanie?

Melanie has a passion for teaching people how to manage their mindset and helping others grow. She has a Bachelor of Business Management and is a Certified Professional Coach and Workplace Trainer and Assessor.

Melanie has delivered several Emotional Intelligence workplace training and corporate coaching programs for companies across the Geelong & Surf Coast region.  Jayden Overall, a participant of the EI program she delivered for the Surf Coast Shire expressed his gratitude for being provided with the training.

 “This was the most beneficial thing to improve our performance that we’ve ever been taught.” 

Why Jo?

Jo has a background in corporate health and has been working in the wellness industry for more than 18 years after working in busy and highly competitive corporate companies. After several serious illnesses and health issues she has fully recovered and is happier and healthier than ever.  She runs a large range of professional development, wellness and lifestyle programs in the Geelong region to create a positive mindset and combat Stress and Burnout.

Sarah Jones from Vodafone had Jo run an emotional intelligence and positive psychology session for her team. 

"The positive change in our workplace since then has been remarkable. Jo's teaching style is easy to embrace and simple to use in our every day life."

 

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Winter Wellness Tips to keep you Healthy and energized this Winter

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Revitalize Lifestyle
  1. Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration. Or even more fun and also energizing and a great winter exercise is to DANCE, anywhere, anyhow, with anyone!

 

  1. Try a herbal tea instead of choosing a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, especially ones that are immune boosting. Peppermint, Chai, Lemon balm, Ginger and Chamomile to name a few are all awesome immune boosting herbs.

 

  1. The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturisers throughout winter.

 

  1. Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the colours will brighten up a dull day outside.

 

  1. Eat lovely slowed cooked meals, the food is easier to digest in a slow cooker and it’s warming and nourishing for the body.

 

  1. Do regular stretching, yoga postures or pilates to keep your muscles tone, strong and flexible in winter as they tend to shrink and stiffen in the winter months from less movement and the cold.   For those that know some Brain Gym, Tai Chi or Qi Gong these are an awesome way to lift your vitality and energy in Winter.

 

  1. If the dreaded lurgy hits the household eat lots of soups and bone broths and have a selection of good supplements handy like: Echinacea, Vitamin C, Zinc, Manuka Honey, fresh Lemons. Ginger, Propolis, Colodial Silver and/or Olive Leaf extract.

 

  1. Washing hands: Yep it sounds simple but it’s the number one way to stop the spread of germs in winter.

 

  1. Rest when possible. Regular sleep is essential to staying healthy. Don’t let yourself get run down. Those who aren’t well rested are more likely to get sick and it can take longer to get over the illness.

 

  1. Clean up any house mould. Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. So move your spring clean forward to autumn.

 Photo from Dreamingandwandering on Instigram

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