Former first lady Michelle Obama opened up about her struggles with a “form of low-grade depression” in a new episode of her podcastposted on Wednesday.
She pinned some of the blame on President Donald Trump, but said it runs deeper than that.
‘I’d be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest, that has plagued this country since its birth. I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt or killed, or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while.’
She said she deals with the negativity by sticking to a routine, a tool she picked up during her many years navigating the White House spotlight. Still, it’s not easy.
“I’m waking up in the middle of the night, ’cause I’m worrying about something, or there’s a heaviness,” she said. “I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low... I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself.”
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