Life is an Experience
Sometime ago I discovered the term ‘co-dependency’ and found I suffered from many associated traits that influenced my life. My need to control and 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 else’s. Thankfully after practicing the 3 elements ‘mindfulness, meditation and positive reflection’ I escaped that chaotic way of living which transformed my life and achieve peace of mind. Knowing there is another way to ‘be‘ I decided to devote my time 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 daily continued practice of each technique. This inspires me to help others and empower change 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 and busy organisations it felt good to know I wasn’t alone with the ‘voice in my head’ and there were many of us with mind’s constantly thinking about ‘all the things we need to do’ so our days have changed from ‘work, rest and play’ to ‘work, work and work’ a mind whirling into the next ‘item on the list’ to tick off which never ends leaving us feeling that we never have enough time to rest or play, especially with our children. We develop impatience with ourselves and our children that creates anxiety within the family. Racing through life to ‘get things over with’ is preventing us from noticing what’s happening within us and around us.
Making ‘Time4Calm’ reminds us to pause, breathe and reflect on situations. Experience life fully so we don’t miss all the precious moments that truly matter to us.
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 CIC has 4 Board Members who support and contribute to our service, here’s a bit more about them:
Born and bred in New Herrington, Houghton-le-Spring.
I enjoyed a long successful career in Banking for 39 years in fact and left 3 years ago to join a local housing group as a part time receptionist. Working reduced hours has given me the opportunity to get involved in organisations such as Time4Calm CIC.
I am also a valued volunteer for Women’s Aid as an ‘Ask me’ Ambassador and currently a Domestic Violence Champion for colleagues at work.
2 years ago I was introduced to Mindfulness after attending a Time4Calm wellbeing programme, where I discovered techniques that helped me with many aspects of my life for which I am so grateful.
Walking is a passion of mine together with Pilates and Yoga, these combined activities help me de-stress, allowing me to enjoy and appreciate life so much more.
I am delighted to be part of Time4Calm CIC and look forward to being of service as Secretary.
But don’t just take my word for it, read what previous 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.”