Lorraine Kelly says she was 'overwhelmed' by lockdown and had 'real anxiety'

The Glasgow-born star relies on her dog to relieve stress.
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Lorraine Kelly has said she was 'overwhelmed' by lockdown and had 'real anxiety' about it.

The Glasgow-born TV presenter told Good Housekeeping magazine that at the beginning of the pandemic she found herself constantly scrolling through news reports and social media.

She now relies on her dog Angus to relieve stress.

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“When we first went into lockdown, I had real anxiety and felt quite overwhelmed by it all,” she told the magazine.

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“Back then, the news channels were on constantly, I was always looking at social media, and it was too much.

“So I now take a little bit of time out. The main thing that makes it better for me is taking [my dog] Angus for a walk.

“He’s such a stress-buster. He comes into the room every morning before I get up, around 5am, and he sits on my bed and it just makes me feel better.”

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People are “reassessing their lives” as a result of the pandemic, she told the magazine, adding that she has friends who have realised they are not happy in their relationships.

“It’s really interesting how that’s come about,” she said.

“You can’t be selfish about these things, but you only have one life and you have to try to be as happy and fulfilled as you can.”

She also praised Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek Draper is in hospital with Covid-19.

She said the broadcaster “has been so strong”, adding: “She pops into my head an awful lot. Her situation is so hard on her and her kids.”