Cheryl says taking up meditation has ‘helped her calm down’ and changed her life

Cheryl has revealed how taking up meditation and yoga has transformed her life for the better, including her mental health.

The former Girls Aloud singer, 37, has changed up her hectic pop star lifestyle to feature a much healthier and toned-down routine, and she's loving every day of the new lifestyle kick.

The mum-of-one has spoken out and said meditation, which she has long been interested in, has helped her deal with her inner anxiety, and has also changed her perception on life as a whole.

Cheryl told Marie Claire: "I used to be that person that was like, you think I could meditate? I would hear what people were saying, but I never understood.

"You just need to really get into it. It depends where you are in your life – some people are just not there in their lives, or aren’t ready for it, or don’t feel like they can, and that’s fine as well.

“It takes you out of what you’re focusing on so that you can calm down. It’s proven scientifically. It’s not just like you’re sitting in silence for 10 minutes.”

When the Fight For This Love singer works out, she prefers to try more calming exercises rather than high intensity moves after being met with a couple of health worries at the start of lockdown.

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She continued: "I haven’t really been doing a lot. I had a couple of health concerns at the top of the pandemic so I just calmed everything down and then I never calmed it back up again.

"I like yoga. I like Bikram, and I like it to be hot as I feel like my heart’s pounding and I’ve done something. You feel like you’ve been stretched from head-to-toe.”

On the topic of her diet, Cheryl announced that she has attempted to reduce her meat intake and now eats vegetarian meals three to four times a week, and how the shift has seen the star feel healthier overall.

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This comes as the star revealed she isn't as fussed about her weight and image as much after becoming a mother.

Back in 2017, Cheryl welcomed her son Bear, four, with her One Direction star ex-boyfriend, Liam Payne.

The celebrity pair then announced they had split from each other in July 2018 – with Cheryl tweeting she was "sad to announce" the news and that her and Liam still have "so much love" for each other as a family.

Earlier in June, Liam spoke out about his ex Cheryl, and said she is "very chill these days" after taking a step back from public life.

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The 27-year-old even addressed her dreamy new yoga-filled life, saying he thinks Cheryl is "hoping he's [Bear] gonna become some yoga person".

Liam also praised Cheryl's co-parenting skills, saying: "Cheryl is literally the best person to co-parent with and that he's even been closer to his family of three than ever before in lockdown.

"No stress involved. It's very, very relaxed, and we spend a lot of time on FaceTime.

"And it's been really lovely, and I'm closer to them than I've ever been before, actually, which is really, really nice."

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