Michelle Obama has profound advice for anyone struggling with their mental health
A few days ago, Michelle Obama mentioned on her new podcast that she’d been experiencing “low-grade depression.” This she put down to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, protests surrounding the Black Lives Matters movement and the importance of the upcoming presidential election.
Now, in a follow-up Instagram post, the former first lady has reassured fans that she’s coping well despite these emotional “highs and lows.” Her intention by sharing? To shake the stigma of mental health and keep it real about the toll current world events are taking on all of us.
"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,” she captioned a black-and-white snap of herself. “First things first—I'm doing just fine. There's no reason to worry about me… 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 organising for a little more justice in our country.”
One survey found that one in three adults are currently reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety - more than three times the rate from a similar survey conducted in the first half of 2019. And because one of the most effective ways to avoid coronavirus is through social distancing, many have gone long stretches of time without seeing friends or family. Which, btw, can definitely be a contributing factor if you're feeling less than 100 per cent.
"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," she continued. "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."
Hear hear, Michelle.
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What have you been doing to look after your mental health lately?