The actress films her final scenes as Rosie Webster this week following her decision to bow out from her role after 12 years.
Flanagan is now planning to set up home with her footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair, who plays for Swansea City.
Speaking of her future, Flanagan told OK Extra: "I can't wait - it's going to be amazing. It will be so nice to just be a proper couple and do things together without having limited time.
"It's been tough. Sometimes I was working from 6am, finishing at 9pm and then driving down to Swansea to see him. I felt like I was two different types of Helen - relaxed and chilled when I was with Scott, and then crazy busy when I was back in Manchester and working. I can't wait to just do normal things together without the stress of travelling."
She continued: "I've got a few things in the pipeline, but I want to keep that back for myself at the moment. Most importantly I'm really looking forward to a new start and having total freedom to be myself."
Flanagan added that she will miss her Coronation Street co-stars once she has finished filming.
"I know it sounds cheesy, but we really are like family," she explained. "I'm incredibly close to Sally Dynevor and Brooke Vincent, my on-screen sister Sophie. But it's not like I won't see them because we'll always keep in touch.
"I'm really close to Ryan Thomas as well, who plays Jason Grimshaw. I've had some of the best times filming with him."
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