Katie Piper has turned to meditation to help her prepare for 'Strictly Come Dancing' performances.

Katie Piper

Katie Piper

The 34-year-old TV presenter - who was left with burns on her face and body following an acid attack 10 years ago - has picked up new mind techniques to aid her pre-dancefloor routine, but she no longer reads online comments about her dancing because they have left her feeling "rubbish".

Speaking to HELLO! magazine, Katie said: "I really do believe in pushing myself and taking on new challenges. The human heart and mind can cope with so much.

"The mind is the most powerful tool you can call on it in times of need and I've used it so many times. I've found techniques that work for me - meditation has been a great help over the past two weeks.

"I know I'm not the best dancer in the contest but it feels OK to still put myself out there and try my best. I've tried to stop reading comments online because if you believe everything, it makes you feel like rubbish."

The former model and mother-of-two - who has kids Belle, four, and nine-month-old Penelope with her husband Richard Sutton - confessed that she took part in the BBC One competition because she wanted to learn how to "let go and feel sexy" again.

Katie added: "I took part in 'Strictly' as I knew I still had areas in my life where I don't feel as free and confident and this is one of them.

"I wanted to use the show as a tool to learn how to let go and feel sexy.

"I used to feel like this some years ago and would like to get a small bit of it back - post my trauma and having babies, any mum will tell you that you never feel quite the same afterwards.

"If I'm able to make these changes and have fun along the way, then in my eyes I've won."

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