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Digital Subscriptions > DIVA Magazine > January 2017 > FINDING OUR WAY TO HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN THE NEW YEAR





Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of 2017. Many of us think about our health, whether that’s our physical or mental wellbeing, throughout the year but in the coldest months any wellness issues we might have can often feel doubly hard. With few daylight hours, many of us leave home and return in the dark, barely catching the weak sun’s rays, the mood may be festive for some but for many lesbian and bi women, Christmas and New Year is a difficult time. So we decided to ask experts of body, mind and soul to share their wisdom, helping us to grow our resilience and become more deeply embodied. Experts like Vicky Beeching (p22), who shares her views on New Year resolutions and what she intends to change in 2017, like dietitian Lucy Aphramor (p68) who takes an ethical, empathic approach to health, bodies and wellbeing. We asked personal trainer Lucy Fry (p50) to weigh up 2017’s health trends and fads, separating the fab from the fanciful, and we spoke to couragous readers who have survived some of life’s hardest challenges (p48). When Madonna accepted her Billboard award for Woman of The Year, she talked about treating the good and bad experiences as gifts, recalling how those who doubted and criticised her only made her stronger. Sometimes it’s hard to see the gift when you’re backed against a wall but it’s a lesson in survival and humility. And if it’s good enough for Madge, it’s good enough for me.

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We are delighted to have X Factor runner-up Saara Aalto on our cover this month! She tells Carrie Lyell about her time on the show and what it feels like to be the most successful female LGBT contestant ever. Don’t forget to check out our digital issue to see two of our favourite performances from the Finnish songbird. Also in this issue… How to change the world: Tips from women who have Sarah Waters shares her thoughts on The Handmaiden, a new film adaptation of Fingersmith, with Sophie Ward. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on the importance of self-care Jane Hill considers LGBT life under President Trump Heather Peace speaks to same-sex parents to find out who does what in their household Vicky Beeching wants a New Year’s Revolution Exercise-fearing-femme Roxy Bourdillon roadtests the latest workouts DIVA readers on surviving major life challenges We reveal the shortlist for the DIVA Awards 2017 PLUS: Travel, fashion, family and much, much more!