The 28-year-old slipped down the pecking order prior to the March 2020 lockdown and failed to improve after football returned.
A loan move to West Ham United in January has revitalised Lingard's career, but there was a time when the England international considered stepping away from the game.
Asked about his mindset at that time on the show 'Presenting...', Lingard said: "Not quit football, just have a time out really.
"I was going into games happy sitting on the bench and that's not me. I was telling my brother the other day: 'Remember when I was happy sitting on the bench and all this?'
"I didn't want to play because my mind wasn't there, I wasn't focused at all. I was thinking about other things and obviously bottling it all up; trying to play football, you can't do it."
Lingard has scored nine goals in ten Premier League appearances for the Hammers.