The greatest gift you can give yourself – being present

A few years ago I saw this inspiring TED talk given by the travel writer Pico Iyer in which he talks about The Art of Stillness, of going nowhere and much of what he spoke about I could grasp.

I’d love for you to gift yourself the 15.37 minutes to down tools, make a brew and listen to his words. If you prefer to read them there is a transcript available too. Watch it here

His eloquent presentation includes travel tales and strategies that we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, once a month or a few days out of every season. As TED’s blurb  says it’s the talk for many of us who can at times can feel overwhelmed.

At times of overwhelm we need to simplify.

We need to focus on a singular activity – breathing, walking etc

Then from a calmer place with practice, we will know the next ‘way’.

We will know that we can make more mindful choices.

As it is just a matter of choice.


Don’t stress the small stuff

In our world of constant movement and distraction, let’s embrace stillness, space and calm.

It’s my dream that we all move forward, together as a community towards new, kinder choices in a calmer way.

If this is something that you are curious to discover more about then why not enquire about mindfulness at The Loft or an Everyday Mindfulness introductory session and begin your journey to calmness.

I’d love to support you as you explore finding your inner stillness. Get in touch with me here

Wishing you calmness

York 50+ Festival events September 2018

Calm Works is running two special events as part of the annual 50+ Festival in York.

This years’ festival theme is mental wellbeing and tackling loneliness with this in mind Joe has created two sessions; Everyday Mindfulness (-Introduction) and Mental Wellbeing.

Pre-booking is essential for each session as place are limited.
Go here to complete your personal details stating which session you want to go to.
Please remember to include your daytime telephone number and email address.
Read on for full details.

Everyday Mindfulness – Introduction

Friday 28th September 2018 – 2 – 3.30pm  £15

Busy mind doodle

Everyday Mindfulness with Calm Works

Build your mental and emotional resiliency learning some easy mindfulness practices so at times of stress you can feel less overwhelmed and more calm.
All welcome, no experience required.
Wear comfy clothes and come with an open mind.

Tea provided. 

Pre booking essential as places limited.
Maximum of 12 people.
£15 per person
Please note: this event is being held at the Friends Quaker Meeting House in York and is fully accessible.

Mental Wellbeing with Calm Works

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 – 2 – 4pm £15

Mental Wellbeing with Calm Works

Discover simple practices from yoga and mindfulness to help you build flexibility and calm your body and mind. Feel more in the moment.
All welcome, no experience required.
Wear comfy clothes and come with an open mind.
Tea provided
Pre booking essential as places limited.
Maximum of 8 people.
£15 per person
Please note: this event is being held at The Loft which is accessed via four gentle flights of stairs unfortunately the building is not accessible to wheelchairs.
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Top 5 tips for a stress-free trip

Stress free holiday design

Holidays are supposed to be an opportunity to rest and get away from it all. But how often do you get back needing a holiday from your holiday?

Try my tried and tested top five tips to make sure you relax straight into the chilled out mood and make the most of your downtime.

1. A list of what you fancy

Packing lists are a great way to make sure that everything makes it into the bags.

If there’s time, make one for every member of the family. It’s a great way to share the load and even the kids get into good habits by ticking off what they’ve put in their bag. Short on time? Try one of these packing checklists.

  1. Roll? Bag? Bundle?

Where do you start? You’ll be packing like a pro after watching these tips by air stewards. It’s a little more than two minutes long, so maybe have your brew at the same time.

  1. Hydrate well.

Take fruit and a water bottle with you, to stay hydrated en route. Free water is available at most service stations and airports, so you can top up after you’ve been through security and save yourself some pennies.

Still overheating? Invest in a simple hand help fan and pack a hat. Discover more tips for topping up hydration.

  1. Rest stops and exercise

Travelling by car? Make sure you stop regularly to rest your eyes, do a few stretches, snack and rehydrate.

If you’re flying, make time for your ‘at seat’ exercises. Do the foot pump to help your lymphatic system: point your toes away from you and then back towards your leg repeat as often as you like. Or get out of your seat and take a walk.

  1. The secret to getting the most from your holiday?

Get into that holiday state of mind and let the physical tensions drift away by booking a massage the day or night before your trip. This gets your body and mind into relaxation mode, encourages work thoughts to drift away so you’ll feel a lot lighter and brighter for your trip.

Just imagine how you’d feel without all that extra baggage at the start of your holiday!  I swear by it – as do many clients already in the know.

Let me know how you get on and have a relaxing and calm holiday

Joe 🙂


Midsummer moment: why you need to pause for a well-being review

Well you made it to midway! June is the halfway point in the year and it’s when we enjoy the longest, brightest days. It’s a time of flourishing and growth in nature – and we have more energy too.

The perfect time to make the most of the sunshine and mull over how you are feeling in yourself.

Do you feel vibrant, full of energy and flexible in body and mind?

Or are you feeling tight, sluggish and chaotic?

Let’s reflect on how you’ve done in the first half of the year, how far you’ve come in fulfilling your personal dreams, goals and wishes (choose which words resonate the most with you) and how your wellbeing sits with all this.

Take a few moments to work through the following exercise and discover how you could improve your sense of well-being throughout the rest of the year.  All you need is a pen and paper and an open mind.

1. What does well-being and being well mean to you right now?

2. What well-being activities have you taken part in so far this year?

Tip: If you are a keen photographer, look over your snaps. If you are a Facebook fan, have a peek at your timeline – but don’t get too distracted!

3. Are these activities benefiting your sense of well-being or making you feel drained?

4. Going forward, how can you support yourself more at home, work & play?

  • Do you need to give something up?
  • Should you do less of a certain thing?
  • Are you maintaining consistency?
  • Could you start something new?

Your answers, ideas and musings will help to prioritise your well-being foundations.

Making it real

The next step is the crucial bit.

  1. Write down your well-being foundations in your diary, on your calendar, in your phone or in a notebook and plan when you will take action. Perhaps choose a bright colour so it really stands out (this will also help when you review this year, as it draws to a close).

Tip: Writing things down adds weight to them becoming a reality. Talking about them takes you a step closer too. You might find that some of your friends are keen to join in with some of your planned well-being activities. Even better!

  1. Start small and stay consistent for the next month (or more) until your new actions become a habit.
  2. To stay motivated, check your wellbeing foundations daily, weekly and/or monthly (you choose) and update your progress.
  3. Remember to celebrate what goes well for you and if you have any challenges, don’t be too harsh on yourself.

Instead, be gentle and consider the following;

  • Where do you need support?
  • Do you need to break your goal down to make it more manageable?
  • Is the original goal still supporting you? (perhaps it isn’t important to you any more).

Explore this by yourself or with friends and if you’re struggling, remember to keep it simple and perhaps choose just ONE thing to do every day to nourish your well-being.

If you need extra help, get in touch and let me know at

I can talk you through some options.

Summer yoga charity fundraiser – SASH & The Island

This is a special ‘Rise & Shine’ yoga with profits going towards two York based youth charities SASH helping homeless young people find a safe bed for the night and The Island who provide long term mentoring for young people.

Cost: £12 minimum donation – feel free to offer more if you can.

Fundraising for SASH and The Island


Please note: Pre book your mat with Joe as limited numbers. Yoga passess not valid.

If you’d like to book your yoga place please let Joe know ASAP on 07799 145548 or at

ALL monies raised from these two sessions and any client donations during the month of June will be given to Catherine Adamson’s £10,000 fundraiser campaign. She is committed to raising awareness for these charities and is currently walking and wild camping along the Cleveland Way. Her direct fundraising link is HERE  

I look forward to hearing from you soon and if you can’t make the Friday feel free to contribute to the fundraising directly HERE