Lea Michele used yoga to help her get through the death of Cory Monteith.

The 'Glee' actress, who was left devastated when her boyfriend and co-star was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, after an accidental drug and alcohol overdose in July 2013, claims the excercise helped her ''physically and mentally'' improve her state.

She said: ''I immediately started to try and process everything. I didn't drown myself in anything toxic.

''At the start it's hard because you're so physically and mentally shocked and damaged, but after a while you get tired of physically feeling so horrendous, so I started doing yoga which really helped.

''Then gradually your mind catches up with your body.''

Lea, 27, insists she feels ''better'' now and is both nervous and excited about her future.

She added to the UK's Glamour magazine: ''Now I feel a bit more back together and I have this blank canvas in front of me, which is what my life can be. There's something sad about that, but also something good because I will take that blank canvas and make something beautiful out of it.''