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As a Clinic and Community, we joined the nation in recognising Mental Health Awareness Week in May; sharing time, laughter, a cuppa, cake and a chat with many of our Ongar Residents.  Thank you all for your support.


At The Heart of Holistic Health we are committed to fostering a supportive and understanding environment for all our clients and community members. Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and we are here to provide resources, support, and compassionate care to help you navigate your wellbeing journey.


Our Commitment to Mental Health:

Our clinic offers a holistic approach to health, ensuring that we consider the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. We understand the unique challenges that mental health issues can present and are dedicated to providing a safe space where you can find the help and support you need.


Community Initiatives:

The Senior Hub - We are so proud of our The Senior Hub, a free weekly class for those aged 65 and over. Held every Tuesday from 10 – 11 and 11 -12pm at Budworth Hall in Ongar, this initiative aims to provide a welcoming environment for seniors to engage in light physical activities, social interactions, and mental health support. Led by our Amanda and Michelle (Maximize Fitness), The Senior Hub is a great way for seniors to stay active, make new friends, and receive guidance on maintaining their health and wellbeing.


Walk and Talk - We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest in a walking group and we are currently organising Team Leaders and logistics in order to make this happen. We anticipate a number of walking teams which will be grouped according to ability and we will announce the launch very soon!


Mindfulness Meditation – Another initiative that was very popular and we are putting together some classes here in Clinic.  Watch this space!


Free Consultation: We understand the current challenges faced by the NHS, including the strain on appointment availability and time for health and wellbeing advice. That's why we offer a free 30-minute health and wellbeing consultation here at The Heart of Holistic Health, designed to provide the attention and care you deserve.


Our team takes the time to truly listen to your needs and help guide you on your path to lifelong wellbeing. While we emphasise that complimentary therapies should not replace treatment from your healthcare provider, we are here to support you alongside your NHS care – because we care.


Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced life.  Call Amanda on 01277 366030.


Resources and Support:

We encourage anyone struggling with mental health to reach out and utilise the resources available. Here are some essential contacts for mental health support:


Mind: Offering advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Helpline: 0300123 3393

Website: Mind


Samaritans: Providing 24/7 support for anyone in distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Helpline: 116123

Website: Samaritans


The Mental Health Foundation: We partner with organisations to develop new and more effective ways to support and protect good mental health in communities across the UK.

Helpline: 0207803 1100

Website: The Mental Health Foundation


We also have a page on our website with links to Mental Healthcare providers in the UK which can be found here:  Mental Health Support.


If you or a loved one needs support, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to provide personalised care and connect you with the resources you need.

The Heart of Holistic Health

Phone: 01277 366030

Address: 135-137 High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex, CM5 9JA



Together, we can create a community where mental health is prioritised, and everyone feels supported and understood. Let’s work together to promote a culture of empathy and compassion.


With love,


Amanda McGregor,

Clinic Owner and Therapist

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Stress Awareness Month: Since 1992, April has been designated as Stress Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public awareness about the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. A time dedicated to shedding light on the silent, yet profound influence stress wields over our lives.  At The Heart of Holistic Health, we're committed to supporting you on your journey towards wellness, and in this month's newsletter, we delve into the complexities of stress and offer insights into fostering balance and resilience.

The Many Faces of Stress: Stress is a universal experience, stemming from a myriad of factors that can affect each of us at various points in our lives. While a healthy dose of stress can serve as motivation, chronic and unresolved stress can become debilitating, triggering inflammation within our bodies, and disrupting our physical, mental, and emotional equilibrium.

Physically, stress can manifest in diverse ways, from headaches and disrupted sleep to fatigue and high blood pressure. Its subtle effects extend further, contributing to the onset of autoimmune diseases, type 2 diabetes, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. Moreover, stress can exacerbate symptoms experienced during menopause and disrupt hormonal balance, impacting aspects like libido and digestive health.  By being mindful of these signs, we can proactively address stress and take steps towards healing and balance.

The 7 Dimensions of Wellness: It’s crucial to recognise that wellness encompasses multiple dimensions, including physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and occupational aspects. Each dimension plays a vital role in our overall wellbeing and nurturing them holistically is key to achieving balance and resilience.

Managing Stress - Strategies for Wellbeing:

  1. Physical Exercise: Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine can help alleviate stress, boost mood, and improve overall health and vitality.

  2. Prioritise Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for mental and physical wellbeing. Prioritise restful sleep by establishing a consistent bedtime routine and creating a comfortable sleep environment.

  3. Learn About Your Mental Health: Educate yourself about mental health and wellness and seek support when needed. Our upcoming courses and workshops offer valuable insights and practical tools for enhancing mental resilience and emotional wellbeing.

  4. Relationships: Additionally, fostering meaningful connections with loved ones and engaging in activities that bring us joy and fulfilment can serve as potent antidotes to stress, nurturing our spirits and fortifying our resilience in the face of adversity.

Theme #LittleByLittle: Our theme for this month's newsletter, inspired by Health Assured's #LittleByLittle campaign, aligns perfectly with our holistic approach to wellness. By taking small, consistent steps towards self-care and stress management, we can create profound shifts in our lives and cultivate lasting wellbeing.

Upcoming Courses and Workshops: Don't miss out on our upcoming courses and workshops designed to empower you on your wellness journey. From mindfulness meditation to stress management techniques and support groups, we offer a range of transformative experiences to support your holistic wellbeing. Click the button below to view what’s on at The Heart of Holistic Health.

As we navigate Stress Awareness Month together, let us embrace the journey towards holistic wellness, one step at a time. Remember, your wellbeing is worth investing in, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

Here to Help - Because We Care,


The Heart of Holistic Health Team 💙💙💙

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Imagine living a life you truly enjoy!


Change can be frightening and difficult, but when we take ourselves out of our comfort zone progression happens. In the past society has told us to except what we have and to just keep ticking along.  Post covid “Health and Wellbeing” has become a massive industry, with articles continuously in newspapers, magazines, social media, television etc. We are now being encouraged to do the exact opposite of ticking along!  Make those changes. “Don’t keep doing what you keep on doing”. 


Envisage waking up every morning filled with excitement and anticipation for the day ahead, even on those "ordinary" workdays. It's possible when you surround yourself with the right people and environment—when you find your tribe.


It is said that when we feel comfortable in our surroundings, and we feel as though we “fit in” that we are happier, healthier, more active and achieve more and have less pain. When our surroundings i.e. our home and neighbourhood/environment suit us and nurture us, we thrive. It’s a bit like a plant living in the right position, it thrives.  Having the right people in your surrounding environment and life are paramount.  It’s like finding your tribe!

It takes time and intentionality to find your tribe. Knowing yourself, investing yourself in others and being aware of those you resonate with will show you who you want in your tribe. Choose wisely and you’ll find yourself going further than you ever thought possible. The people who love and support us are our tribe. They are like minded but will challenge our thinking. They can be members of our family, friends, co-workers, or neighbours. We all need those who encourage us, accept us and love us as we authentically are. When we find our tribe, we feel a deep sense of belonging. This sense of belonging gives us strength and resilience.


Knowing how we want our lives to be and how we can make those changes to find our right environment and tribe can be difficult.  It can often simply be the difficulty in finding the time to step back and look at how we make those changes that prevents us from acting on it.  We live in a busy world and our minds are busy. Habits become formed, and routines set in.


I am reading a fantastic book called Atomic Habits recommended to me by my youngest son in Australia. The book looks at the process of behaviour change. We need to be aware of our habits in the first instance and how we can implement a change, with the two most common cues for implementation being time and location; for example, when and where we can make those changes.


Studies have shown that implementation intentions are effective for sticking to our goals and we are more likely to follow through and achieve our goals by doing this. Studies have also shown the first day of the week, first day of the month or first day of the year is the time we are more likely to change something. It is a natural reset time in the brain.


Remember, you have the power of free will. Even when you feel trapped or limited by circumstances, there are always options available to you. It's about recognising those options, making intentional choices, and surrounding yourself with the right people to support your journey.


So, embrace change, seek out your tribe, and unlock the potential for a life filled with joy, growth, and fulfilment. Together, we can create a community where we thrive and support each other on our individual paths to greatness.


With love and support, from Our Hearts to Yours...


Amanda and The Heart of Holistic Health Team 💙💙💙

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