Holly Willoughby sparks concern after admitting ‘mental strain taking its toll’

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Holly Willoughby has raised concerns after she posted a photo of her hugging a tree on Instagram.

The 39-year-old This Morning presenter has admitted to have found the third national lockdown a tiring time as her children are forced to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The TV star caused concern last week after missing two days of the ITV daytime show and her Instagram posts of the past week has seen her showing that she is struggling with juggling her work and home demands.

After admitting that she was just about "holding on", Holly posted on Friday that she could sleep the whole weekend as she shared a photo of her looking far from her usual exuberant self.

Holly Willoughby 'hugs a tree' after admitting to struggling in lockdown
(Image: Holly Willoughby/Instagram)

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She then began this week by posting a photo of her holding what looks like a stress ball, with the caption: "Starting this week as I mean to go on…"

Holly has now shared a photo of her hugging a tree as fans expressed more concern that the TV personality is okay as the second week of the lockdown begins to grip.

She is seen wrapping her arms around a tree trunk as she has a look of peaceful happiness, captioning the pic: "Hugging a tree is the next best thing".

While some of her fans were pleased that she was finding some contentment during a difficult time, others were concerned that this was further proof that Holly was struggling with the demands she is currently juggling.

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The comments section was soon full of messages of support, with many saying that tree hugging is good way to bring some mindfulness into her life.

Others reached out to Holly, with one writing: "I hope you are ok holly can see you are finding things hard at the moment."

Another wrote: "You really did look at peace Holly"

While another added a comment about her appearance on This Morning on Monday, writing: "I felt you looked a bit anxious today Holly x still stunning but not your normal bubbly self x stay safe."

It could get tougher for Holly as well as it's just about to get a whole lot busier for the star as Dancing on Ice returns on Sunday January 17.

She will once again host the ITV skating competition with Phillip Schofield.

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