The story of Calmer
Hi, I'm Tania! I help entrepreneurs to manage and maintain their mental health and wellbeing as they navigate the entrepreneurial journey.
To reference Malcolm Gladwell's theory about achieving expertise in your field of work by dedicating 10,000 hours of practise - I've certainly dedicated my 10,000 hours to the field of entrepreneurship (and then some). I've grown my creative arts company since 2010 and have learnt so many important lessons along the way, particularly how to manage my mental health and wellbeing most effectively.
As an entrepreneur, you take big risks to make your dreams a reality. The incredible opportunities that have come my way simply wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to explore my potential.
At times though, this has come at a cost. Three years ago, during the second year of running my events business, I started to experience anxiety attacks.
It was the strangest feeling, I couldn’t make sense of it. I'd wake up in the middle of the night sweating, unable to breathe properly, my heart hammering against my chest.
I put it down to not feeling well until it happened again a week later. I was left trembling, feeling nauseous, and close to passing out. I was aware of anxiety attacks but had no idea it felt that intense and could creep up on you unexpectedly. Stress and major life transitions are common causes and I’d been through both as a result of launching my business.
Like many entrepreneurs, I tried to do everything myself in the first year of my startup and experienced burnout. This cost me two months out of work to recover fully, both physically and psychologically.
But nine months down the line, things were starting to come together. We’d succeeded in business for a second year and I was feeling euphoric. Yet in the background I still struggled financially, having invested thousands of my own savings into the business. I was on auto-pilot, getting through what needed to be done, maintaining a professional front. Then, out of nowhere, I was hit by anxiety attacks. It felt unfair.
The following year was spent learning how to manage these feelings, while still directing the events we were managing. I developed coping strategies, got to grips with budgeting and experienced a return on my investment. I learned how to build long-term partnerships and handle challenges. I found that if I kept my mindset positive and open, opportunities would turn up. I learned to stay focused on what mattered and kept the bigger picture in mind.
Over time, I entered a much healthier place and created a business-life balance that worked for me. I learnt how to manage feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and overwhelm. In many ways, these are inevitable states of being for an entrepreneur and I’ve since learned that this happens to so many people.
This was the inspiration for Calmer
I'm passionate about providing a platform that supports entrepreneurs to manage their mental health and wellbeing. I’ve worked with many small business owners who have struggled with these feelings in silence, running their businesses with no one any the wiser.
It's my goal to help change this reality and build a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who can relate to one anothers experiences, connect and receive wellbeing support as they manage their business.
Anxiety is something that can be overcome so you can thrive in your business. I’m proof of that. It just takes practice. We should never feel ashamed of the struggles we go through as entrepreneurs to achieve our goals. It takes courage to live this lifestyle.
Here’s how I can help you
Whether you’re just launching your startup or have been running a business for a while, I'm here to help you create a fulfilling, balanced lifestyle while building a business you love. We'll work together to ensure your health and wellbeing are number one priority, so you can thrive in your business and in life. I'll show you how to:
Our support groups, events and online services have been designed with you in mind.
We welcome you to take a look at our Calmer Community online group and bi-monthly support group, Bold Moves events and our Group Mentoring Programme. Each of these avenues have been created to help you lead and innovate your business whilst managing any feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and overwhelm effectively.
Success comes in many forms and at Calmer, we celebrate your inner and outer success.
"You have to work 24/7 to run a successful business."
This is neither a healthy or sustainable method.
When you're in startup mode, no doubt you'll work long hours and
there will be periods of particularly intense work to achieve your goals - but you'll also need to
balance this time with things that nurture your wellbeing. Of course, entrepreneurship is hard work,
but it's also supposed to be enjoyable - and it's absolutely possible to create a meaningful business-life balance.
I'm here to show you how this is possible
It truly takes bravery to make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality and the early years of developing your startup can feel particularly uncertain. You have so much to do and start off by trying to manage everything yourself, wearing lots of different business hats - which can create a whole lot of overwhelm.
- How do manage your mental health and wellbeing as a busy business owner?
- What coping strategies do you have in place to support you when you face challenges?
- How do you build an effective support system that works for you?