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Michelle Obama is revealing her coping mechanisms while dealing with a global pandemic and the ongoing fight for racial justice in her latest podcast episode.
During the second episode of “The Michelle Obama Podcast” released Wednesday, the former first lady sits down with award-winning journalist Michele Norris to discuss her mental health during quarantine, admitting that although she sticks to a rigid schedule, she still deals with “some form of low-grade depression.”
“These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” she reveals. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”
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Norris and Obama also address racism in America. As a Black woman, Obama admits it’s “exhausting” hearing stories of racial injustice in the news.
“We talk about white women clutching their purses at the sight of us, or feeling uncomfortable when we walk in the store,” she says, “but I wonder, do you know how afraid we are?”
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Norris says learning about the prevalence of racial disparities “just doesn’t even make sense.”
“The killing of Ahmaud Arbery, immediately followed by Breonna Taylor, and then the killing of George Floyd in a manner that just didn’t, just doesn’t … I mean, I’m trying to find the right words to describe how much it hurt to watch that video, and I made myself watch that video,” Norris says. “You know literally squeezing the life out of someone.”
Obama reveals that staying connected with loved ones and taking a social media break helps her get out of “a bad place.”
She says quarantining with her husband, Barack Obama, and her two daughters, Sasha, 19, and Malia, 22, has helped lift her spirit during tough times.
“You kinda have to sit in it for a minute, to know, ‘oh oh, I’m feeling off,’ ” she advises. “I gotta feed myself with something better. And sometimes for me that means turning it off. It means turning off the phone, not taking in the news, because it is negative energy. I learned that in the days of the White House.”
Obama’s Spotify podcast focuses on a variety of topics concerning women’s health, marriage and the benefits of mentorship. The nine-episode series will include several guests such as talk-show host Conan O’Brien and Valerie Jarrett, business woman and former senior advisor to Barack Obama.
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