Michelle Obama says she has “low-grade depression” as a result of the pandemic, racial injustice and the current US administration.
The former First Lady and bestselling author said she has had difficulties sleeping and keeping to her exercise routine and that current global events have left her feeling “dispirited” and “exhausted”.
“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” said Obama during the second episode of her new podcast. “These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually. 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.”
Obama said that the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have had a big impact on her. It is “exhausting” she said “waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanised, or hurt, or killed, or falsely accused of something.”
“And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while,” she said.
Establishing a routine has been key for her during this unsettled time. She has been isolating with her family, including her daughters, Sasha and Malia.
“Barack’s in his office, making calls, working on his book. I’m in my room, the girls are on their computers,” she said. “But right around five o’clock, everybody comes out of their nooks, and, we like, do an activity, like, puzzles have become big, just just sitting and doing these thousand piece puzzles.”
From Harper’s Bazaar UK