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Whilst millions around the country have sat back and relaxed during lockdown with nothing to do, TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou did the opposite.

The 26 year old got up off of the sofa, and says she stopped her depression in its tracks – and changed her life forever.

It was a month into lockdown, and Yazmin was self-isolating alone in her new home. With no-one to turn to, having publicly suffered with depression in the past, she saw the signs of a slippery slope.

But she stopped it in her tracks – and has now changed the way she feels totally, whilst wanting to empower other women at the same time.

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Speaking to OK! online Yazmin said: “It was a difficult time, there I was at home alone with my puppy Prince and having got stuck in at some DIY, I found myself with nothing left to do. I was just there, on my own.

“Friends were there for me at the other end of the phone, but I knew the signs. I’d suffered depression badly in the past and taken myself to a wellness retreat for help.

“There was no way I was going back to that misery so it was time to motivate myself. I was feeling a little tubby and sluggish so I decided – time for a transformation.”

As Yazmin reflected on her past insecurities she recalled how online trolls had driven her to get surgery.

She continued: “I’d been trolled in the past online and changed the way I looked. I had my nose done, and my boobs done – all to look good for other people. This time it was different – it was about me.

“Herbalife was something I’d tried before but not stuck to so I told myself I’d give that another go for 28 days. It wasn’t something that was forced on me – all my friends raved about it. So it was my time to knuckle down.”

Yazmin found that her new positive attitude transformed her mentally and physically and she no longer desired heading to nightclubs.

“Training with a PT three times a week, drinking lots of water and being kind to myself was the new me. I didn’t live for the weekends to go partying, I just stayed in.

“Now my body has changed, but more importantly – so has my mind. My confidence has gone through the roof and I’ve started @LiveLikeYaz on Instagram to show other women how to keep it real, feel inspired and work hard.

“I’m still living alone but now I’ve got a happier version of myself, more comfortable and content than ever. I couldn’t be happier.”

This content was originally published here.

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