Fans were thrilled to see Cheryl return to social media after a year away (Image: Instagram/cherylofficial)

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Cheryl has described her year-long break from social media as 'really, really healthy'.

The 37-year-old stepped back from Instagram until last week when she delighted her 3.5m followers with a shot of her getting preened by a glam squad.

In a new interview, the Girls Aloud singer explained why she had decided to log off for a while, and what she had learnt about herself.

She told Glamour: "The best thing that I've learned in the past year is having a break from social media is really, really healthy for your mind.

Cheryl added that her greatest achievement is "being a mother", referring to her son Bear, 4, whose dad is Liam Payne, 27.

Earlier this month the former One Direction singer explained that he wouldn't encourage his little boy to follow in his reality TV footsteps, and revealed a fascinating insight in to Cheryl's mindset at the same time.

What's the longest you've gone without using social media? Tell us in the comments below!

Cheryl and Liam Payne attended The BRIT Awards together in 2018, shortly before they split
(Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Speaking about the formerly feisty Geordie, he said she was now very zen.

He said: "I think his mum hopes he’s going to be this yoga person.

"His mum is very chilled these days."

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During her chat with Glamour, Chezza revealed that she is now a serious meditator – and can spend over an HOUR in a meditative state.

She said: "Quirkiest thing I'd do in the name of wellness is I meditate sometimes over an hour."

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All this self-work and mindfulness seems to have really benefitted Cheryl.

She added that she is learning to turn to herself for advice and enjoying her own company.

"I am learning that I can be absolutely fine without anybody, just me by myself," she said. "I'm learning to be happy just with me. I'm learning to turn to myself for advice. It's all in the process."

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And she also said that the one book that "changed her life" is New Earth by Dolores Cannon.

Dolores Cannon is a UFO investigator, hypnotist and past-life regressionist who believes alien spirits have been sent to Earth to help humanity ascend to the 'New Earth'.

Cheryl keeps Bear's identity a closely guarded secret

She claims she has made contact with Nostradamus, and has used their psychic chats to publish several books about his prophecies.

New Earth is described as "a fascinating narrative that reveals the cosmic forces that have been in play over the past 66 years. Help has come from the outside to preserve the human race."

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She has also written books titled The Legend of Starcrash, Keepers of the Garden, Legacy from the Stars, A Soul Remembers Hiroshima, They Walked With Jesus, Jesus and the Essenes, and Between Death and Life.

The Custodians 'discusses in detail information regarding distorted time, screen memories, reasons for abductions, implants and much, much more'.