Michelle Obama Says “There’s No Reason To Worry About Me” After Admitting She’s Experienced Low Grade Depression
Former First Lady Michelle Obama took to her Instagram to let everyone know that she is doing okay after revealing on her Spotify series The Michelle Obama Podcast that quarantine life has led her to experience moments of low grade depression. On the second episode of her podcast, she discussed the impact that quarantine has had on her mental health,
“There have been periods throughout this quarantine where I’ve felt too low”.
While talking to her guest, former NPR host Michele Norris, Michelle Obama stated that within the past few months, she has felt
“those emotional highs and lows where you just don’t feel yourself.”
She continued that these emotional fluctuations are a the results of “ being out of body and out of mind”, as she and many others are stuck at home to slow down the continued spread of coronavirus.
The former first lady wrote a lengthy post to everyone that has been concerned about her mental health and reassuring her followers that she is doing okay,
“I just wanted to check in with you all because a lot of you have been checking in on me after hearing this week’s podcast. First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me. Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, I’m thinking about the folks out there risking themselves for the rest of us—the doctors and nurses and essential workers of all kinds. I’m thinking about the teachers and students and parents who are just trying to figure out school for the fall. I’m thinking about the people out there protesting and organizing for a little more justice in our country.”
Michelle Obama ended her post thanking everyone for reaching out, and stressed the importance of checking in with others during this time,
“The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us—that we all should just feel OK all the time—that just doesn’t feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. I hope you’re listening to yourselves and taking a moment to reflect on everything that’s coming at us, and what you might be able to do about it. And to all of you who’ve reached out—thank you. I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all.”
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