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Michelle Obama Shares Important Message Following Her “Low-Grade Depression” Announcement

Michelle Obama made headlines earlier this week after announcing she was suffering from low-grade depression. I’m not sure if “low-grade depression” is actually a thing, but if it is, I think we’re all suffering from it. These past few months have been difficult on everybody.

Michelle explained in her most recent podcast episode that this year has been full of emotional highs and emotional lows.

Those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels where you just don’t feel yourself. I had to surrender to that and not be so hard on myself. These are not…fulfilling times spiritually, so 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.

Many people expressed concern for Michelle after she made the announcement on her podcast, which again, is a bit odd. I think it would have been more concerning if she was like, “I feel great! Are you kidding? The past year has been glorious!”

It’s extremely normal to feel low, especially this year. This year has been sh*t. There’s no reason to deny it, and that’s essentially what Michelle was trying to say.

She went on her Instagram account to assure her fans that she’s okay…

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. First things first—I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me. Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, 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 organizing for a little more justice in our country.

She ended her message by encouraging people to ~feel~ things. Allow yourself to feel whatever it is you’re feeling, and that’s good advice. You can only shove sh*t down for so long before it erupts out of you.

Take a moment. Listen to yourself. Acknowledge your thoughts and fears. Take a deep breath, listen to your favorite song, and then get the f**k back out there.

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