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Michelle Obama Offers Tips To Those Feeling 'Overwhelmed' Amid Coronavirus

Michelle Obama Offers Tips to Those Feeling 'Overwhelmed' Amid Coronavirus
March 23, 2020 - 19:05 / Hayley Paskevich

Knowing that many people are struggling right now, Michelle Obama shared an Instagram post offering some coping strategies! Read on to find out what she's suggested!

Michelle Obama is letting people know that they're not alone in these difficult times! On Sunday, she shared an Instagram post where she mentioned some coping strategies that help her, and suggested some ways that people can give back to their communities.

"These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us," Obama began her post. "We just don’t have a road map for what we’re currently experiencing -- that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families." 

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Michelle Obama speaks onstage during a tour to promote her memoir Becoming at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on April 9, 2019.

Obama says life is "something we're figuring out together"

Obama went on to reassure people reading her post that they aren't the only ones feeling a little lost given the current circumstances of the world. "Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone," she said. "Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together".

She even talked about what helps her to cope when things seem a bit much. "I know when I’m feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders," Obama shared. "I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong".

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Obama offers self-care advice: "Be gentle with yourself"

Obama suggests a variety of ways that people can get involved with their communities right now through in her post, where she shared a series of images titled "A Few Ways To Show Up For Your Community In These Tough Times". With simple illustrations, some of the things Obama encourages are volunteering with food distribution programs, reading stories to kids, and generously tipping delivery people. 

However, she also understands that it's completely normal to feel overwhelmed by things right now, and while it's important to give back to others, sometimes self-care is the best response to everything that's going on. "And don’t forget: It’s okay to take a breath, too," Obama finished her post by saying. "Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you’d like a little help".

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These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us. We just don't have a roadmap for what we're currently experiencing—that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families. Whatever you're going through right now, I want you to know you aren't alone. Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together. As for me, I know when I'm feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders. I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong. If you're not sure what that looks like these days, I've offered a few suggestions to get you started. But this is by no means an exhaustive list! Add your comment below with the ways you're showing up for your community during these tough times. And don't forget: It's okay to take a breath, too. Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you'd like a little help. Illustrations: @grantagold Graphics: @linseyfields

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