Real Housewives star Tanya Bardsley opens up on her mental breakdown and ‘thanks god’ it didn’t happen during lockdown

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley has spoken candidly about suffering a mental breakdown this time last year, but feels "so lucky" that it didn't happen while the UK was under lockdown.

Speaking exclusively to OK! Online the stunning star, who is married to Premier League footballer Phil Bardsley, explained: "I actually had a mental breakdown last year.

"I had postnatal depression and I took myself off these antidepressants after years and years of being on them, without consulting a doctor. I gave myself an induced chemical imbalance which led to me having a mental breakdown.

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"I keep saying god if lockdown had happened this time last year when I had the mental breakdown, God help Phil, so I am so lucky. It took me a lot of time just to get back on track with that."

The mother of four went on to reveal that she suffers from anxiety, and one of the triggers for it is drinking alcohol so in recent years she has cut back, and "hardly ever drinks".

Tanya said: "I have always had anxiety but I have learnt that drinking just heightens it and just gives me really bad anxiety for two days after.

"But its hard, then you feel boring just not partaking, but I hardly ever drink anymore just because it's like pouring fuel onto the fire."

However, staring in a hit reality show did make the transition a bit more difficult at first as she admitted: "There is always champagne flowing, I think it is a Cheshire thing."

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"If you give up smoking people are like ‘oh well done’ but if you give up drinking people like ‘oh come on, just one, don’t be boring’…. people just don't like it when you give up drinking."

Tanya credits the book 'The Alcohol Experiment' by Annie Grace with helping her to stop drinking: "It just changes your mindset and it is so good.

"I just makes you see it differently. I talks about mental health, which I struggle with, and what it does to your brain and everything."

The 39 year old has been in lockdown with her four children and husband Phil. While she has been enjoying spending the extra time with the footballer, she has found homeschooling quite tricky.

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She said: "I’ve got four children, I’ve got an 18 year old and a three year old but the two in between really. They are just wild, wild boys so trying to get them to even sit down was quite testing.

"But at least we are all safe, that's the main thing."

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