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Flex your mental muscles at business workshop

The Oxley family, from Oxley Feed Mill, one of the previous participants in the Mindfit at Work program.

Council is encouraging the local business community to come along to a new workshop program aimed at helping people develop practical tools for managing their mental health.

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Are you involved in business and want to learn how to support your mental health?

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the local business community to come along to a new workshop program aimed at helping people develop practical tools for managing their mental health.

The program is called Mindfit at Work, and comprises of monthly sessions that each explore a different aspect of mental health and wellbeing.

The next session, Build Mental Muscles, is being held on Tuesday 15 June from 6.00pm–7.30pm at the Phee Broadway Theatre (pending further health advice), and will explore neuroplasticity, the nervous system, and how to read the warning signs for personal stress triggers.

Council’s Economic Development Officer, Eva Parkin, said the program was about equipping local businesses with skills to not only survive, but thrive, in both challenging and positive times.

“We all want to be able to perform at our best when we’re working, and these workshops are really useful at unpacking some of the negative thinking and patterns of behaviour that can stop us from enjoying work,” said Ms Parkin.

“The feedback from participants who attended our first session in May was overwhelmingly positive, so I encourage anyone thinking of attending our June workshop, to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Pam Oxley from Oxley Feed Mills in Strangways attended the first Mindfit at Work session, Stinking Thinking, in May and said she found the experience beneficial.

“The past year has been an incredibly challenging one for all of us here at Oxley Feed Mill,” said Ms Oxley.

“We were lucky enough to be able to continue working and follow the strict COVIDSafe rules, but it has left us feeling exhausted and drained.”

“The workshop taught us some thought provoking, self-analysis techniques to help us change our mindset to a more positive, empowered one.”

“Using the techniques that we learnt at the workshop will help us overcome the feelings that have lingered since last year, and help us work together in a positive way for a productive outcome,” said Ms Oxley.

Upcoming sessions in the Mindfit at Work program include:

- Build Mental Muscles, Tuesday 15 June, 6.00pm–7.30pm
Topics include neuroplasticity and the nervous system, and how to read the warning signs for personal stress triggers.

- Happiness Hacks, Tuesday 13 July, 10.00am–11.30am
Examine what happiness at home and at work looks like, and how to cultivate it.

- Mindset Reset, Monday 9 August, 6.00pm–7.30pm
Learn how to be more resilient by adopting a Growth Mindset in Mindset Reset– enjoy challenges, strive to learn and see the potential to develop new skills.

- Focus, Tuesday 7 September, 10.00am–11.30am
Explore the neural pathways of self-reference and their impact on focus and our ability to not become overwhelmed – particularly relevant right now.

- Bounce, Monday 4 October, 6.00pm–7.30pm
Discover how to rebound from and excel in response to uncertainty, adversity and disappointment.

The Mindfit at Work sessions are being held at various locations throughout the shire, with details on the booking site. All sessions will be CovidSafe, and tickets go on sale three weeks prior to each session. Places are limited.

For further information on the workshops and to book your place, visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/BusinessResources or contact Eva Parkin, Council’s Economic Development Officer at e.parkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 5471 1700.



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