Andrea McLean said that despite her successful career in television, her confidence and self-belief had “disappeared” over the years.
The former host of Loose Women said it took until she turned 50 for her “spark” to return.
Speaking on the Women’s Health podcast ‘Going For Goal’, the 52-year-old said: “I’ve always been a very brave person, I’ve always done brave things and I’ve always pushed myself to do those things. uncomfortable and difficult, and that I don’t necessarily know what the outcome will be.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, I’ve continued to do it all my life, what happened as I went through my life was I realized that through life’s bumps on the road but my confidence was eroded, and my confidence in myself was gone.
“So while I’m still really successful in my career, and doing really well, and getting through whatever phase I might have, personally I’ve lost that spark.
“And I would say it’s probably going to take until I’m 50 until I try to get that back again.”
After a breakdown, McLean quit Loose Women in December 2020 after 13 years and retrained to become a fully certified life coach alongside her entrepreneur husband Nick Feeney.
Speaking of her mental health, she said: “I finally spoke up and raised my hand.
“I’ve always been the eldest, the eldest daughter, ‘I can handle this, it’s going to be okay, I’ll find a way through’, and it’s hard to put your hand up and say ‘really I’m really got stuck and I need some help’.
“The best thing I’ve ever done, because if you don’t ask for help, you don’t get it – people don’t care about readers.
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“And so I got therapy and I got coaching, and it completely changed everything around, and it changed my perspective.
“I realized that I have always had the courage to push myself towards the things that I want to do, and indeed that is a very easy kind of courage.
“I have had the courage to overcome the circumstances that have put me in place, because then you are trying to find a way to survive, whether it is for yourself or for your children, but the courage we we need in the next day -day is actually a completely different thing. “
Scotland-born McLean, who appeared on 1,409 episodes of Loose Women, worked on GMTV as a weather reporter before joining the talk show.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/andrea-mclean-my-self-confidence-was-whittled-away-through-lifes-bumps-in-road-42037844.html Andrea McLean: My confidence has been eroded by life’s bumps on the road