Lorraine Kelly has opened up about the one thing that helped ease her menopause-induced anxiety in a candid chat on her show this morning (20 June).
While launching her new ‘Work it Out’ body confidence series, Lorraine revealed that exercising has transformed her life – and the effects have been both physical and mental…
The TV host, 59. explained that being active has not only helped her drop almost three dress sizes, but has also helped with the anxiety she’d been suffering from as a result of the menopause.
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Chatting to the show’s medical expert, Dr Hilary, she said: ‘Like so many people, I found excuses not to commit to a regular exercise routine. But after finding exercise I really enjoy, and going to… classes regularly, I feel better not only physically but mentally too.’
Opening up about the effects on her mental health, Lorraine continued: ‘We were talking last year about the menopause and how difficult that can be for everybody.
‘I did get quite anxious… And it really helps with that. It’s like I’ve had a spring clean in my head. It’s like being re-set, it really is.’
After Dr Hilary praised Lorraine for discussing her menopause-induced anxiety so openly and added that mental health issues are an often overlooked side effect, she continued: ‘It happens to everyone and I don’t think anybody should feel ashamed in any way.
‘Sometimes I feel completely overwhelmed. I’m better now, I have got HRT and I swear by it, I know it’s not for everybody.
‘I walk miles with [her puppy] Angus and that’s good for the soul, it really is. I don’t know what it is about having a small dog.’
Going on to stress that exercise can be beneficial for anyone suffering from mental health problems, Lorraine concluded: ‘I’m talking about now and again feeling anxious, overwhelmed or a bit stressed.
‘But if you have a serious mental condition… exercise can actually help, even with very difficult mental health problems.
‘You take control a little bit for you and that’s good.’
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If you are suffering from anxiety as a result of the menopause or another mental health issue, speak to your GP or visit the charity Mind’s website.
Lorraineairs on ITV, weekdays at 8.30am.
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