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Women's Health (UK) - - NEWS - Claire San­der­son / Edi­tor Fol­low me on In­sta­gram @Claire­sander­son

As 2017 draws to a close, I’m thrilled – and flab­ber­gasted in all hon­esty – with what the last 12 months has brought. If ever there was proof that any­thing is pos­si­ble when you put your mind to it, you’ll find it right here: be­ing edi­tor of Women’s Health has been my dream job since it launched in spring 2012 and, dur­ing late nights slog­ging away at other publi­ca­tions, I’d tell col­leagues that one day I’d be at the helm of the team that cre­ates the UK’S best health mag­a­zine. I’m not en­tirely sure I be­lieved those words my­self at the time, but that dream has come true. I take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of head­ing up this brand very se­ri­ously. Your well­ness is a se­ri­ous topic and I en­sure every fea­ture has been thor­oughly re­searched and that we present bal­anced ar­gu­ments and the­o­ries. It’s my ab­so­lute pri­or­ity. We all have am­bi­tions and hopes for our lives, strive to do our best and make the most of what we have but, just as phys­i­cal health issues can get in the way, our men­tal health can cre­ate hur­dles, too. My life, like most, isn’t easy; it’s tough, a con­stant chal­lenge – but I know I’m lucky to have it, just as I’m lucky to fi­nally know how to man­age my phys­i­cal and men­tal health. It isn’t this way for ev­ery­one. As part of our Mind is­sue, we speak to 22 in­spir­ing women on pages 108 to 117 about their ex­pe­ri­ences of men­tal ill­ness. You’ll find my own story in there, too. It’s vi­tal that we start talk­ing more openly about men­tal health con­di­tions, with­out stigma, shame or judge­ment. It isn’t a sign of weak­ness – it’s an is­sue that af­fects mil­lions of us and is grow­ing all the time, some­thing we all need to work to un­der­stand in or­der to sup­port and heal. Pre­serv­ing your men­tal health could be any­thing from en­sur­ing you take a break from your phone every evening, to prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness, to seek­ing med­i­cal help when things be­gin to af­fect your everyday life and your re­la­tion­ships. As we wrap up 2017, there’s plenty of in­spi­ra­tion on these 156 pages. Ex­pert ad­vice on how to nav­i­gate fes­tive anx­i­ety, do-any­where work­outs to carry with you wher­ever Christ­mas may take you, and healthy recipes to see you into next year. And, lest I for­get, a bril­liant in­ter­view with Strictly star Mol­lie King. Noth­ing em­bod­ies the build-up to Christ­mas more to me than watch­ing Strictly. I’m a mega fan. Fi­nally, my ded­i­cated team and I want to thank you. With­out you, Women’s Health wouldn’t ex­ist. You in­spire us every day with your deter­mi­na­tion to reach your op­ti­mum, your hon­esty in telling us ex­actly what you think, and the sup­port you show us at WH live events such as Fit Night Out, along with some of the loveli­est com­ments on our so­cial posts. This is the sup­port­ive, in­clu­sive, mo­ti­va­tional com­mu­nity that Women’s Health is all about. Let’s make next year our best yet. Eat well, train safe, be pos­i­tive – and fin­gers crossed the rest will fol­low. Un­til 2018…

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