TV star Davina McCall has spoken about the impact the coronavirus lockdown has had on her mental health.

Davina talked about her anxiety as she isolates at home with her children during an interview with OK! magazine.

The TV presenter and fitness guru said: “I woke up today, opened my eyes and got this wave of anxiety. If you start thinking too far in advance, it becomes too much for your brain to handle.”

Davina is among the celebrities presenting the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser tonight (Thursday, April 23). It will see Comic Relief and Children in Need join forces for an evening of live entertainment, with many of the celebrities appearing via video links from their homes to observe social distancing guidelines.

Human contact

And Davina said that lack of human contact was something that she was missing through the period of lockdown.

“I really miss hugging,” she said. “I’ve said I’m going to stand outside my local supermarket with a board saying ‘free hugs’.

“It feels like people are so far away right now. I really, really miss human contact.”

And the former Big Brother presenter said the crisis had been a “leveller” for everyone.

“We’re all in the same boat,” she said. “Everybody is in danger and everybody can do something to help. The NHS is struggling and those are the people who look after all of us.”

If your mental health has been affected by the coronavirus crisis, you can find a counsellor who is working online or offering telephone counselling by visiting our Therapist Directory.