In the latest episode of her new podcast, former first lady Michelle Obama opened up about her battle with ‘low-grade depression’ throughout this tumultuous year.
She said the feelings are not due to the coronavirus-related quarantine, going on to say that “the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”
Asserting that she does not believe such a response is “unusual” in today’s America, Obama added 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.”
The former first lady cited “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” as among the “exhausting” aspects of life today.
“And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while,” she said, adding that the stress has impacted her health — at least to the extent that she has experienced interrupted sleep and a decreased motivation to exercise daily.
“You know, I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself, and sometimes there’s been a week or so where I had to surrender to that, and not be so hard on myself,” Obama concluded. “And say, ‘You know what? You’re just not feeling that treadmill right now.'”