About Time4calm

My Journey

Sometime ago I discovered the term ‘co-dependency’  and realised I suffered from associated traits that influenced my life. My conditioned negative thinking patterns created automatic negative reactions’ which left me behaving like a ‘puppet on a string’ not only my own thoughts, feelings and behaviours but to everyone elses. Thankfully after practicing the 3 elements ‘mindfulness, meditation and positive reflection’ I escaped that chaotic way of living which  transformed my life and finally achieved peace of mind. Once I discovered there was another way to ‘be‘ I decided to dedicate my life in sharing what I’d learnt and experienced with others by coaching these fantastic, life-changing techniques.

Without discovering the real power of ‘pausing’ before reacting, caring for my own needs with kindness or in other words finding Time4Calm, I would have continued sabotaging my health, wealth and happiness. The positive outlook I now have on life is all due to the  continued practice of  Mindfulness, Meditation and Positive Reflection and I want to empower others to use these same 3 practices to change their life from ‘chaos to calm’ from ‘negative to positive’ and creating a more peaceful life.

I have shared my learning and understanding with Carers, Parents and Teachers who live and work within the City of Sunderland and Durham. I have experience coaching teams in Corporate organisations together with workshops in schools and colleges. After recently basing myself in The Old Rectory in Houghton Le Spring I will be offering group and 1-1 sessions within the Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane communities to residents living and working in the area.

Whilst working with residents in local communities for a busy organisation, I was inspired  to become a life coach and I am very thankful I was kindly supported during my training and development. After experiencing an amazing staff wellbeing programme I was offered the opportunity to practice, learn and develop ‘Time4Wellbeing’ to encourage and improve the well being of staff within companies. It’s fantastic to see how much it can improve their productivity and happiness. The teamworking skills of my past participants has improved greatly, meaning the individuals within the teams got better support when they needed it. Their  work – life balance was also reported to be significantly improved which is vital for employees to stay happy and healthy.

Time4Calm isn’t just a business, it’s a registered  Community Interest Company

Time4Calm is a CIC, which means that the entire reason I direct this company is to support the community, helping local people to overcome their past and look forward to their future

I’m passionate about  helping the community which is why I put on community workshops to support some of the most vulnerable people out there. Go to the contact page and get in touch if you’d like more information about these classes (there’s a button at the bottom of the page)

I’ve got loads of advice which I’ve gained through experience and exploration which I want to share to enable people to live an easier, better, and most of all HAPPIER life; that’s why I’ve got a blog which you can check out by clicking the button below!

Time4Calm’s Directors

Time4Calm has 2 other directors who support me and contribute to our service, here’s a bit more about them:

Vicki Kennedy

A Creative Producer and Company Director, Vicki has worked throughout her career using arts and culture as a powerful communicative tool. As a trained counsellor, artist, storyteller, photographer and creative practitioner, Vicki has worked professionally in a range of settings. Her passions lie in working with people from all backgrounds and from all communities though has spent much of her career working with children and young people to unlock their creative potential, improve mental health outcomes and build self esteem and resilience. Vicki is thrilled to be a Director for Time 4 Calm and is a passionate advocate of mindfulness in today’s busy world.

Lynda Harkus

But don’t just take my word for it, read what my previous happy participants have to say!

“Made me realise how much I actually overthink. I can now stop myself, whereas before I would continue.”

I was apprehensive about taking part in the course, I had always avoided self-help courses and thought this might be a similar thing. I needn’t have worried though.”

“Laura did a great job in making everyone feel at ease and her reassuring, calm and understanding nature was excellent throughout the whole time on the course.”

 “I have taken a lot from the course (in many cases not really realising so at first).  The course has taught me that it is OK to say no to things that I don’t have the time to do and it is totally OK to put myself first.”

 “I would recommend the course to anyone, particularly if you are in the mindset thinking you won’t get anything out of it.  I certainly did and was pleasantly surprised!”

Loved it! It’s been great to take some time out
to do this as a team. I’ve personally learned a
lot about myself and have a clean direction on
what positive changes I would like to make.

I know the team have enjoyed it too and
there’s been a great buzz following the

“Coming to your sessions lets me escape from the world and no one there knows my problems, so I can be just me.”

“I notice when something would normally tip me over the edge with stress, I can now tell myself ‘its ok and no one will die over it’. I am calmer and things don’t bother me as much, less anxious, happier and I’ve stopped over exaggerating situations.

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