The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for many people, including Michelle Obama.  The former first lady opened up about her mental health in the newest episode of her eponymous podcast.

Obama, 56, admitted on Wednesday that the pandemic — along with the current administration’s response — has placed her on an emotional rollercoaster.

“I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression,” the Grammy Award-winner detailed, adding that she has “gone through those emotional highs and lows” where she doesn’t feel like herself. 

Obama noted that she is not alone in feeling this way because “spiritually, these are not fulfilling times.”

The former FLOTUS detailed that, along with concerns over COVID-19, she is also negatively impacted by the “racial strife” dividing the nation.

“Part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests [and] the continued racial unrest that has plagued this country since its birth,” She elaborated.

Above all else, Obama noted that “watching the hypocrisy of [the current administration] day in and day out is dispiriting.”

“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… it is exhausting,” She sighed. “It has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life in a while.”

Obama says she has been “staying in a routine” to help improve her moods, from working out to playing card games with her husband Barak Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia each night.

“We will get through this,” the Becoming author assured, adding that the nation has faced tough times before and only grew stronger.

By Megan Stone
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