Gabrielle Aplin has been using healing crystals ahead of her return to music.

The 'Please Don't Say You Love Me' hitmaker hasn't released any new content since her 'Light Up the Dark' LP in 2015 and now she's gearing up to drop her new EP 'Miss You', she's turned to the therapeutic method to prepare her for the gritty industry.

She said: ''I've been involved in spiritual practices and trying to make myself a happy person. I set half an hour aside each day for my brain.

''I started meditating, learning about healing crystals, essential oils, ancient ley lines, Glastonbury, the Celts, Pagans. It could be b*******, but I really believe in it.''

The 24-year-old singer - who shot to fame in 2012 when she dropped her cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'The Power of Love' - has made no secret of the fact she's battled with depression in the past and has now admitted her condition gets worse when she's got no structure in her life.

She told the Metro newspaper: ''Creative industries are full of loads of highs but also loads of lows. I really like routine and it's hard ...

''One day you'll be on tour, doing a day of promo, doing a show, coming off stage, meeting a hundred people, then you've got two weeks of nothing - that really affected me mentally. It's very difficult to complain when you're in such a privileged position and I don't ever want to seem negative, but at the same time, it's hard.''

Gabrielle's EP 'Miss You' is out on December 16.