2022-07-01T08:30:00+01:00By Louise Ryrie
Founder of Prayerful Pilates, Louise Ryrie explains how Pilates can help with mental health and emotional wellbeing. Plus how she found it to do an ideal way to connect with God with combined with prayer.
2022-06-21T08:30:00+01:00By Angie Le Mar
When Angie Le Mar felt a “God prompt” to invite people to a walk on Facebook she had no idea that she was starting a movement that was badly needed. Now We Walk Wednesdays runs in 16 locations and there are hiking, talking, golfing and dining versions to connect people.
2022-06-15T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
As summer hots up many of us will experience that familiar dread that we’re not ready to bear all in swimwear. Here Lauren Windle explains why it’s time to take a stand against the ‘beach body ready’ narrative.
2022-06-14T08:30:00+01:00By Lauren Windle
Many of us allow ourselves a sneaky snooze in the mornings but the pros insist it’s bad for your routine. Here Lauren Windle explains why getting straight up was not only great for her sleep but for her relationship with God.
2022-06-14T08:30:00+01:00By Rebecca Hunter-Kelm
Many of us shy away from talking about our ‘time of the month’ but writer Rebecca Hunter-Kelm challenges that idea. Here she explains why we have nothing to be ashamed of and how we can bleed as believers.
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2022-06-13T08:30:00+01:00By Arianna Walker
We’re surrounded by motivational sayings like ‘be yourself, everyone else is taken’. But Mercy UK’s Arianna Walker explains that it’s too simplistic and people often use it to excuse bad behaviour.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse looks at how environmental factors can affect our wellbeing
2022-05-27T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Author and founder of #DumpTheScales campaign, Hope Virgo, explains that pregnancy doesn’t solve eating disorders and people shouldn’t assume that just because the baby is growing that the mum is mentally well.
2022-05-17T08:30:00+01:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Cheslie Kryst died earlier this year at the age of 30, after tragically taking her own life. Here Woman Alive’s editor-in-chief, Tola-Doll Fisher talks about her experience of the same functioning depression Cheslie experienced.
2022-05-16T08:30:00+01:00By Sheila Jacobs
Sheila Jacobs was diagnosed with a debilitating illness that forced her to stay at home. But as she got better the fear of leaving the house stayed and she didn’t live a ‘normal’ life for years.
2022-05-11T08:30:00+01:00By Thea Joshi
The media is riddled with skewed representations of OCD. Writer Thea Joshi explains the realities of battling the disorder and how indiviudals, churches and communities can better support people in their journey.
2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00By Emma Owen
Callous words from an ex-boyfriend plunged Emma Owens into a desperate cycle that resulted in bulimia. Here she shares her incredible story of redemption and freedom from the deadly eating disorder.
2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00By Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson
Many people feel struck down by shame and self-doubt. This Mental Illness Awareness Week Kelleigh Wooderson-Hudson, founder of Life Essence Ministry shares her story and wisdom for those who are struggling.
2022-05-09T08:30:00+01:00By Natalie Braithwaite
This Mental Illness Awareness Week we’re looking at the best ways to eliminate stress at work. Glorify app’s Natalie Braithwaite explains three ways to recentre, stay calm and focus on Jesus while on the job.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Dr Bunmi Aboaba
Food Addiction Coach and author of Craving Freedom, Dr Bunmi Aboaba, explain the sets you can take to enjoy your body instead of constantly criticise.
2022-04-29T08:30:00+01:00By Hope Virgo
Feeling at home in a church and taking part in community events and ministry can be extra challenging for those struggling with an eating disorder. Hope Virgo, author and founder of #DumpTheScales, give four tips to help people navigate church well.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse shows us what we can do to ensure our bodies receive what they truly need
2022-04-06T08:30:00+01:00By Bukky Ayoade
Many women tackle menopause quietly, doing their best to manage the symptoms. Here Vibrant Midlife’s Bukky explains how she’s leant on God during that time and that far from being terrible, midlife can be amazing.
2022-04-05T08:30:00+01:00By Carolina Mountford
As we come to the end of Lent, writer Carolina Mountford reflects on the way the sacrificial practice of “giving something up” can be difficult for those with an eating disorder. Here she highlights the issue and suggests some potential solutions.
2022-03-30T08:30:00+01:00By Jermaine Dallas
Jermaine Dallas, founder of Sleeping Saints podcast, explains how the calming effect of the Bible and focusing on gratitude can help you get to sleep.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse encourages us to slow down to eat, with tips to aid digestion
2022-03-25T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
Many people are feeling the weight of anxiety at the moment, as they process the last two years’ pamdemic and the horrific scenes on the news. Christian self-esteem and anxiety coach Nothando Osondu explains what you can do to take care of yourself.
2022-03-23T09:30:00+00:00By Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
Broadcaster and author Ruth O’Reilly-Smith explained that when she felt at her lowest God invited her to journal with him and it transformed their relationship.
2022-03-04T09:30:00+00:00By Arianna Walker
Like Towie’s Gemma Collins, one in six people aged between 16-24 have self harmed. CEO of Mercy UK, Arianna Walker explains that self-harm is merely the symptom that indicates there is a problem that needs addressing.
2022-03-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, author and campaigner Hope Virgo shares her experience of battling an eating disorder and how churches can be more accessible to those who are sturggling.
2022-02-23T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
Author and mental health advocate Rachael Newham explains why we shouldn’t disregard antidepressants as God can use any number of tools to help us manage mental health difficulties.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains how to harness your hormonal cycle
2022-02-17T09:30:00+00:00By Rebecca Chamaa
Rebecca Chamaa explains that when she’s focused on memorizing her weekly verse, her mind is clear of other thoughts, offering relief from her worries, concerns and catastrophic thinking.
2022-02-08T09:30:00+00:00By Claire Musters
Claire Musters wonders how much our feelings towards our ageing bodies reflect the culture we are living in and suggests the Church should be providing a better narrative.
2022-02-03T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Campaigner Hope Virgo explains that even if you can’t spot it, there may be people in your church struggling with an eating disorder and this is how to support them.
2022-02-02T09:30:00+00:00By Becky Merriman
After three years of lonliness and feeling she had no value, Becky Merriman took a job as a connector with the YMCA. Now she helps others rediscover their self-worth and find community.
2022-01-31T09:30:00+00:00By Susanna Raj
Susanna Raj deepened her faith at a Christian women’s conference, but when she tried to tap into the same message online all she found was posts about finding your worth and your beauty. Here she explains why women need so much more.
2022-01-26T09:30:00+00:00By Rachael Newham
After recent updates to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on depression, Kintsugi Hope’s Rachael Newham explains that they’re a start but church and community have a vital part to play in people’s recovery.
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse helps us learn to care for our bodies in a new way
2022-01-24T12:59:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
Rest is biblical and the new four day working week will be a blessing to many. But writer Lauren Windle asks if it will be accessible to all shift workers and those in lower paid jobs or just those who sit at a desk.
2022-01-20T09:30:00+00:00By Bev Taylor
Bev Taylor, director of strategy for the National Academy for Social Prescribing, reveals how vital social prescribing is going to be to our society going forward and says churches have already been successfully engaging in it for centuries.
2022-01-18T09:30:00+00:00By Jenny Sanders
As the government announces plans to restore the country ‘back to normal’ many of us fear our mental health won’t be able to rebound so easily. Jenny Sanders explains that God knows how to comfort those in despair and has a message of hope for us all.
2022-01-17T09:30:00+00:00By Nothando Osondu
It may be ‘Blue Monday’ but writer Nothando explains why we need to step away from comparison and low self-esteem and embrace God’s promise of life to the full.
2022-01-05T09:30:00+00:00By Lauren Windle
When writer Lauren Windle contracted Omicron she was gutted, but after a few days of coughing in bed she realised that COVID could teach her a lesson about time management.
2022-01-04T09:30:00+00:00By Hope Virgo
Those struggling with an eating disorder don’t always get the sensitive response they hope for from the Church, here are the things that we should all know.
2021-12-31T08:25:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
As we welcome in a new year, and all the good and bad that may hold, Woman Alive’s editor Tola-Doll Fisher reassures us that even if trouble is ahead, we have all we need in Christ
2021-12-23T09:25:00+00:00By Kate Patterson
Boris may have promised us Christmas, but nothing feels certain at the moment. Concious that many of us are struggling with the idea of potential lockdowns, restrictions and the risk of illness, author Kate Patterson reminds us that, while the world is uncertain, God’s love isn’t.
We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are still suffering its effects months after contracting the virus. Respiratory nurse and lecturer Debbie Duncan shares what is has been like for herself and others coping with long COVID
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains how we can get better sleep
2021-11-25T11:04:06.39+00:00By Maxine Hallett
Maxine Hallett reflects on her journey towards God, and the sanctuary she now calls home
2021-11-25T11:03:34.897+00:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan shows us how the five love languages provide a great guide to generosity
Catherine Etherington, the Head of Recovery for the UK-based Naked Truth Project, talks about their mission to free lives from the damaging impact of sexual addictions
2021-11-25T11:02:56.043+00:00By Katherine Gantlett
Having lost precious children to miscarriage and a daughter, Libby, at birth, Katherine Gantlett shares how she stopped trying to escape the winter seasons of her life, and learned to walk with him authentically and honestly
Macaila Britton talks to Liz Earle MBE, wellbeing brand founder, about her experience in the industry and what still needs to change
2021-11-24T11:06:00+00:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Research from Menopause Experts Group highlights a rise in suicide rates for women aged 45 to 54 – the age when most women experience perimenopause and menopause. Dr Kate Middleton explains why and offers practical coping strategies
2021-11-17T12:52:00+00:00By Kate Neal
Kate Neal says the growth of social media seems to have created a society in which bullying is more prevalent than ever before, with devastating and even life-altering effects
2021-11-16T13:32:00+00:00By Tola Doll Fisher
Tola-Doll Fisher felt devastated when cancer resurfaced after a large tumour had been removed from her uterus. But a brave decision gave her a peace that surpassed earthly understanding
2021-11-16T10:19:00+00:00By Helen Roberts
With Bella Hadid candidly sharing her mental health struggles on social media, Helen Roberts looks at the devastating effects the comparison trap can have on us all
Bedbound poet Jenny Rowbory refuses to be defined by her broken body. Instead she is raising money for a life-changing operation through her anthology We Are the Winter People
2021-10-22T14:52:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Cathy Madavan shares what she strives to do in all her relationships to cultivate unity and peace
2021-10-18T16:06:00+01:00By Melanie Currer
When menopause feels like a terrifying rollercoaster ride, trust in the God who knows you better than you know yourself, says Mel Currer on World Menopause Day
To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) Tammy Tunnah shares about her traumatic miscarriage and how mentally agonising her next pregnancy was, and we look at the place of art therapy in processing baby loss
2021-10-12T11:03:00+01:00By Hannah Baylor
Hannah Baylor says it is time for ‘women to claim their worth’ and ‘men to challenge and change their own, and other men’s, behaviour’
2021-10-01T11:08:00+01:00By Cathy Madavan
Seasoned author Cathy Madavan suggests that, whatever our history, we can learn from it and move on
2021-10-01T10:38:00+01:00By Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé
During World Menopause Month, Dr Olúṣẹ̀yẹ Àríkàwé kicks off our three-part series on the menopause, explaining how we can prepare physically, psychologically and spiritually
Nutritionist Clare Backhouse explains the ways we can receive healing through prayer, medicine and understanding our own body’s unique needs
2021-09-23T11:39:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Prolific Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gold medallist Sarah Eberle has created a garden that restores the soul
2021-09-21T13:24:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
Dr Kate Middleton, psychologist and project lead for Headstrong – an online teen mental health and wellbeing site – responds to reports that Instagram may increase teen anxiety, depression and body image concerns.
Youth Mental Health Day prompts cognitive behavioural therapist Clarie Miles to reflect on an overstretched youth mental health service
2021-08-24T09:50:00+01:00By Clare Blake
Diane Regan shares with Clare Blake how the pain her family has walked through birthed the charity Kintsugi Hope
When Denise Sanderson-Estcourt gave up her regular, ‘safe’ job to become an image consultant, some people – Denise included – felt it was a risky move. But God has brought some incredible confidence-building material out of this decision, and there is plenty more to come
After years of trying to love others and failing, Joyce Meyer learned that her main problem was that she didn’t love herself. She shares how God helped her step free from the comparison trap and embrace who she truly is
As a young widow with children, Abi Shotade walked a painful journey of grief. She hopes the book she has written will help other families facing loss
Kay Burley described the menopause as “tricky”, but for many women it is a life-changing and even career-ending process. New research shows that menopause-related tribunals have quadrupled in three years
2021-08-12T10:42:00+01:00By Dr Kate Middleton
The GCSE results are in and, against all odds, it looks as though our young people have excelled themselves. Dr Kate Middleton offers practical tips to get their endorphins going and remind them of the bigger picture, whether they have passed or failed
2021-08-06T11:45:00+01:00By Jennie Pollock
As yet another person plans to travel abroad in order to die, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock suggests there is hope of a better way
As another athlete withdrew from the competition she had worked so hard to reach, we tackle the question some have been asking: did Simone Biles ‘play the mental health card’ in Tokyo?
2021-07-26T11:21:00+01:00By Lucy Rycroft
Given the response we had to the piece on young people’s mental health in May’s issue*, we know that many of you have experienced huge highs and lows over the last 18 months in your families. Here, author Lucy Rycroft gives a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on children’s and parents’ mental health, and claims it was no mistake that God picked you to parent your kids
We reflect on the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause and ask you to share your own stories about menopause
Have you ever returned from a Christian conference, camp or retreat and wished you could hold on to the sense of joy or peace you experienced at it? Dr Gemma Simmonds is a sister with the Congregation of Jesus and she has written a book to help us bring retreat practices into daily life. She shared some of her own story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.
During Carers Week, 7-13 June, carer and mental health awareness trainer, Anita Kelly shares candidly about the pressure of being a carer, the effect of the pandemic, and how important it is that carers feel valued and cared for themselves.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the demands and responsibilities in your life? Ruth Rice was a very capable, busy woman, but then one day her life started to unravel. She shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues what happened.
Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill gives us some simple, practical ways that we can boost our emotional wellbeing.
Since the pandemic, the number of eating disorders has risen dramatically. Abbie Young works for tastelife, a charity that offers help to those suffering from food-related issues and their carers. Here she shares about her own struggle with anorexia and why the charity is looking for volunteers right now.
2021-05-13T00:00:00+01:00By Maria Rodrigues
Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke to Patrick and Diane Regan about the physical and mental health challenges he faced, and how they affected Diane too.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10–16 May) is nature. Here, Rachael Newham bravely shares her story, as well as the part nature has played in her recovery – and how she thinks we all need to give ourselves time and space in this season.
During Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (3–9 May) we hear from Chloe Smith, who was heavily pregnant when her four-year-old son died.
Christine Soule had a series of traumatic experiences in her childhood, including her stepfather phoning her when she was nine years old and home alone, threatening to rape her. As a result she carried chronic fear into adulthood, until one day God set her free. She shared her story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues:
Single mum from Barnsley, Linda Walmsley, is running the Sofa to Summit Kilimanjaro Challenge to raise funds for suicidal human trafficking survivors and for her own lockdown mental health
For Clare Blake’s sister, who has panic attacks, going to church is a challenge. But she’s getting there…
?Motherdom, the UK’s first media platform dedicated to maternal mental health and wellbeing, was launched at the start of March by mum-of-two and journalist Anna Ceesay
Catherine Adenrele Runsewe celebrates the resilience of women, and encourages us to build on the foundations we have laid during this time of great difficulty
2021-03-12T00:00:00+00:00By Claire Musters
As many children have gone back to school this week, Claire Musters takes a look at how parents have found the experience of home schooling
The past year has taken its toll on us all – this online retreat aims to help us deal with the loss and disappointment from COVID-19
Susan Gregory invites you to join the millions of women and men around the world reaping the benefits of biblical fasting
Rachel Mason is an award-winning singer who has produced a book of short stories and poems about dealing with post-natal depression. She shared her story with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues
When Di Archer found our her daughter was throwing up 25 times a day, she was thrust into the dark world of bulimia. Di is now founder and CEO
of Tastelife UK which aims to help both sufferers and their families with recovery
The cost of puppies has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as people race to get a four-legged companion for lockdown but Jemimah Wright says hers is a long-term investment
Rachael Newham was on an adult psychiatric ward aged 16. Today, she is the founding director of ThinkTwice, an organisation dedicated to changing the way the Church responds to those suffering
Talking about bereavement as we kick off the blog series alongside the theme for the November edition of Woman Alive - ‘Life and Loss’.
A practicing psychotherapist talks about being diagnosed with dyslexia in her 40s and the surprising success she has experienced as a result
Some midweek motivation for #WellbeingWednesday
This week is dedicated to increasing the profile of a disease that affects almost half a million people in the UK. One company is dedicated to providing a natural healer using rose hip
Lindsay Macdonald reminds us to stop comparing and start celebrating
Hope Virgo suffered abuse at 13 and battled anorexia for years. Here she shares how she learned to push aside the need to be "perfect" before God
The pandemic has caused many of us to question our identity. Sheila Jacobs finds confidence in an inheritance that will never ‘perish, spoil or fade’
While society teaches us we need to look and be a certain way, Florence Gildea asserts that God loves us as we are so we can stop seeking outside validation
We need stories for our times of uncertainty and pain, says Tanya Marlow
In support of Loneliness Awareness Week, Kimberley Pena explains that dance therapy can reduce the feeling of disconnect
We were not designed for a socially distanced existence. Writer Cathy Madavan explains how we can adapt to our new normal
Has your church leader or a preacher you know hit rock bottom without you realising?
Writer Fran Hill lost her mother when she was just 14. Here she considers the lasting impact long into adulthood
Trained cuddle therapist Rebekka Mikkola explains the theory behind cuddle therapy and how we can weather the absence of touch during COVID-19
Linda Todd, chief executive of The Leprosy Mission Scotland, explains that leprosy is not an ancient disease; it still ravages people today
Coronavirus, the biggest party-pooper of them all, has swept across the world and changed society as we know it, separating us from one another. Here are some ways to counter that…
In a letter sent from Portugal to Sir Francis Walsingham, in 1587, Sir Francis Drake memorably wrote, “There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.”
We’ve often heard from people living with depression, but what is it like for those who love and care for them? Catriona Futter shares her experience of trying to support her husband
This is a good time to ask some serious questions, says Penelope Wilcock
For many people Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Gillian Phillips reflects on her own experience and how the true message of Christmas offers hope and healing
St Paul learned the secret of contentment and we can too, says Liz Carter
Being kind and serving others are foundational to Christian living, but we can take it too far, warns Sarah Phillips
Ruth van den Broek was diagnosed with the degenerative disease cystic fibrosis (CF) as a baby and grew up knowing she would not live to a ripe old age. Now in the ‘twilight years’ of her late twenties, she tells Sharon Barnard why she is able to look to the future with hope
Kate Waterman looks at how to make the most of spring.
Penelope Wilcock suggests we take inspiration from monastic traditions and learn to speak and listen wisely
Build rest into your life by following the ancient seasonal rhythms of the year, says Kate Waterman ...
Jennifer Rees Larcombe identifies what robs us of peace as "morbids". She explains how to recognise them and send them packing!
Read Hilary Browne's story of compulsive overeating and how she broke free ...
Hazel Southam explains how a horse called Duke was able to bring her comfort and hope during the most stressful year of her life ...
Susan Williams considers the challenge of change and why we are so often resistant even when things are going wrong ...
Miriam Dann explains the sobering experience that being unemployed had on her and how she changed how she saw herself and others as a result ...
Rev Will van der Hart discusses the basis of perfectionism showing it is a male as well as a female issue and how grace is the only antidote ....
Sue Williams discusses the difficulties of saying "No" as Christians but the importance of setting boundaries for everyone's best interests ...
Carol Bostock reports on her shame of weighing 26 stone, taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight and how she found real healing beyond this
Suzanne Green shares what she has learned about keeping your self-esteem intact
Nicki Copeland reveals the many things we may hide behind to protect ourselves
Sheridan tells Amy Boucher-Pye how he dealt with the disappointments and doubts in his life
Michele Morrison explores how we can change our thinking habits and achieve a 'holier' mind ...
Learn from Kate Middleton (the other one!) why stress can be a particular problem for busy Christians and how we can learn to manage it well
Discover Joyce Passmore's story of how she clung to Jesus during her 15 years confined in a psychiatric hospital
Learn from Tania Bright how to embrace and move on from our failures
Lyn Alderson explains how keeping a journal can help combat the stress and worries of our lives
Paul Tonks was overjoyed when his wife was healed, but then started to have difficulties of his own
Katharine Welby-Roberts, daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to Ali Herbert about coping with mental health issues
Amanda Pilz discusses ways we are taught to build our confidence and self-esteem and shows us how it should be done
A reader's experience of being groomed on the net shows it is not just the young who are being targeted ...
Fun and frivolity are essential to our well-being – Penelope Wilcock explains why
Ruth Flynn explains how the Bible helped her face and overcome her fear of water
Liz Babbs looks to faith and lifestyle rather than faddy diets to achieve a fit and healthy body
Lucy Mills challenges us to deal with the clutter that clogs up our hearts and minds, and suggests helpful ways we can do this ...
Amy Boucher-Pye discusses the practicalities and benefits of keeping a spiritual journal
Simplicity is the way to go if we want to rescue the festival, says Penelope Wilcock
What we eat can transform our energy levels, says Emma Cockrell
Many of us seek relief from illness or disability, but suffering can yield precious things, says Joni Eareckson Tada
Many people fear dementia, but a retired GP diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2009, chooses to see it as an opportunity to serve God
We talk to two women whose loved ones have taken their own lives
How 'tearing my hair out' became a literal truth for one primary school teacher
Why anorexia, sometimes described as 'the good girl's drug', affects so many women and girls in our churches
Should Christians seek counselling? Lucinda van der Hart talks to those involved
Joni Eareckson Tada says the secret of contentment is to be flexible
It's time to be your own best friend!
The healing power of food