Stacey Solomon has said she started counting her own leg hairs in a bid to calm her anxiety.
The Loose Women star gave birth to son Rex in May and has been honest about going though ups and downs, including struggling to get to grips with breastfeeding and feeling anxious about taking her new arrival out.
The 29-year-old – who also has two older sons from previous relationships – has now confessed that she found an unusual way of distracting herself from her worries.
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Posting a picture of her bare legs and slipper-clad feet on her Instagram Story, Solomon wrote: “Having a super anxious day today so I'm currently counting my leg hairs to stop my mind from wandering.
“This should keep my mind busy for at least an hour.”
The TV star also shared a picture of her Google history, which was full of searches about curing anxiety and calming remedies.
Solomon later revealed that she and partner Joe Swash paid a visit to a lavender field to help her relax.
Sharing a picture of herself surrounded by the bright blooms, she said: “Couldn’t keep my mind still today. It was wondering off into some strange places.
“After spending the morning googling every which way to switch my brain off i came to the conclusion that because lavender was mentioned in almost every ‘keep calm remedy’ that I needed to visit a lavender farm.
“I don’t know what I thought would happen. Maybe I’d roll around in it and breath it in so deeply that my thoughts slept for a while.”
She continued: “The lavender didn’t get rid of my anxiety but it was beautiful and for the hour I spent picking it I definitely thought less about anything scary and more about how to cut the right bits and survive the killer bees.
“So, in conclusion I probably didn’t need to force Joe to drive me 45 miles to our ‘closest’ lavender field but I’m glad I did. It got us all out of the house, it was breathtakingly beautiful and it took me away, even if just for a couple of hours, from the dread.
“If anyone reading this feels the same, getting out and occupying your mind might help, it does with me sometimes. Also if you need it, there’s lots of people out there to talk to.@mindcharity @pandas_uk or look up PNMH teams in your area, I’m not ashamed to say I speak to someone from my local team regularly.”
Solomon added: “Highly recommended to anyone struggling to stop those crazy thoughts taking over.”