Michelle Obama opens the door to about her and her family’s quarantine lifestyle on the latest episode of her podcast . Today, Spotify and Higher Ground Creation debuted the newest episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast, boasting award-winning journalist and onetime fix of NPR’s “All Things Considered, ” Michele Norris.
In this chapter, the two longtime friends sit down for an intimate conversation to discuss their quarantine chores and learning to become their own beauticians, the importance of self-care and inward reflection in these uncertain times, maintaining their mental health, how they are coping with the coronavirus crisis and racial inequality, and what we can all do in the face of injustice.
Available now, you can listen to the latest episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast HERE.
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On Trying to Keep a Routine in Quarantine
Michelle Obama: For Barack and I, we, we’ve lived outside of standards and norms of regular life for quite some time, and what we learned early on in the White House is that in order to stay sane, and to feel like the human that you formerly were, is that you have to have a schedule, and a procedure, that’s pretty, that’s pretty lock gradation. So we were in the habit of, you are aware, I get up, you know, I don’t have to set my horrify, but I
Michele Norris: Do you get up at the same time?
Michelle Obama: Uh, approximately, around the same time. I convey, but my sleep is off, too, and I’ve heard this from a lot of parties, it’s, you know, because we’re not moving around just as much. So I’m not as tired, I’m not, I’m not knocked out tired, like I frequently am at nine o’clock, I’m going to bed a bit later, so, and I’m waking up in the middle of the nighttime, make I’m worrying about something, or there’s a heaviness. But, if I sort of put aside, an bumpy nighttime, I do tend to wake up at the same time. Not the crack of dawn, but, pretty much like six, seven o’clock, then I “ve been trying to” make sure I get a workout in, although, there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where i just, have felt too low. You know, I’ve gone through those psychological high-priceds and lows that I think everybody feels, whatever it is you precisely don’t feel yourself, and sometimes I’ve, there’ve been, uh, a week or so where I had to surrender to that, and not be so hard on myself. And say, you know what, you’re just not is of the view that treadmill right now, um, but.
Michele Norris: That’s unusual for you.
Michelle Obama: It is unusual, and it is, you know, it’s a direct consequence of simply being out of, out of body, out of mind. And spiritually, these are not, they are not fulfilling eras, spiritually. You know, um, so I, I know that I am dealing with some constitute of low-grade depression. Not simply because of the quarantine, but because of the ethnic strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.
Michelle Obama: So I have had to kind of impart myself that, those eras, those times, but for the most part, staying in a routine, coming a workout in, trying to get outside. Um, but schedule has been crucial, and having a regular dinner time. And, I’m find that in quarantine, we looked forward to receiving that. Because we, in our live, what the hell is all do is go off into our little workspaces, right. Barack’s in his office, becoming sees, working on his journal. I’m in my office, duh duh duh, the girls are on their computers, and sometimes we’re outside if the brave permits, but we’ve developed this routine, of you know, we don’t really worry about seeing one another in the working day. But right around five o’clock, everybody comes out of their crannies, and, we like do an activity, like, riddles have become large-hearted, simply exactly sitting and doing these thousand case puzzles. The girlfriends are just like into’ em, and we’re all sitting on the storey, around a table where the puzzle is now permanently put in. And then we sitting there for dinner. And we are talking here some more. And then subsequentlies, the girls and Barack, and, another friend there, they’ve got a scoops tournament. So Barack has coached the girls spades, so now there’s this hateful event. They wouldn’t have sat down but for this quarantine, to learn how to play a poster came with their dad.
On How the First lady is Getting Through Quarantine
Michelle Obama: Not to make anybody out of work, but this time has taught me how to do my own waxing, do my tacks,
Michele Norris: You’re waxing? You’re waxing!
Michelle Obama: I did!
Michele Norris: I am excited!
Michelle Obama: I did, but it’s like, there’s a lot of nonsense, I’m figuring out, if I want it done, I gotta figure out how to get it on, but that’s how we were raised, right.
On Racial Injustice and Identity
Michele Norris: In this moment of unrest and skepticism, a lot of people are feeling the increases and the lows.
Michelle Obama: Mm hmm. They’ve been real for me, and, you know I don’t think I’m exceptional, in that, but, I’d be remiss to say that part of this sadnes, is also a result of, what we’re attend in terms of, the demonstrates, the continuation of the ethnic dissatisfaction, that has harassed this country, because it’ delivery. I have to say, that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not greeted, waking up to, yet another, um, fib of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt or killed, or, falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And, and it contributing to a value that I haven’t felt in “peoples lives”, in a while.
Michele Norris: You know I spend a lot of my duration thinking about race and name and studying race and identity and that phase of my work has been roiling. You know. And it started actually with the pandemic and the racial gaps that were apparent almost immediately. In who was getting sick and who had access to testing, and then who was dying, but there is, there’s been this period, where it’s been a ratatatat of fatality that only 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 only didn’t, precisely doesn’t … I make, I’m trying to find the right paroles to describe how much it hurt to watch that video, and I prepared myself watch that video. You know literally crushing the life out of someone. I feel like it’s almost, it creates a certain sense of vertigo, I study for us because we were told it was supposed to be better.
On Managing Your Mental Health
Michele Norris: When “youre feeling” the lows, how do you get through that? How do you keep moving forward?
Michelle Obama: Well, this is, the one of the purposes of, of knowing yourself, knowing how to replenish yourself with the things that do bring you rejoice. So for me, my spirit is promoted, when I am feeling healthy, when I am surrounded by good beings, you know, so I reach out. I reach out to my family, and to my friends, uh, even in this time, of, quarantine, you are aware, I fought to continue to find a way to stay connected to the people in “peoples lives” who “ve brought” rejoice, and my lovers, my husband, my minors, it’s, it’s the small things. It’s small, the small practices. Right. For me, there’s no magic to it, but it is effort, right. Because you have to recognize that you’re in a plaza, a bad plaza, in order to get out of it. Um, so you kinda have to sit in it for a minute, to know, oh oh, I’m feeling off. So now I gotta, I gotta feed myself with something better. And sometimes for me that means turning it off. Right, it it necessitates turning off the telephone , not taking in the news, because it is negative energy, I learned that in the days of the White House, and, sometimes we feel like that’s irresponsible, to precisely cut off, and I think it is, if you do it over long term, but for me, for my mental health, there’s some times I cannot sound. I need to just take a moment, and to simply not appear. For a few seconds.[ screams]
Michele Norris: I try to be honest about it, with both my boys but specially two daughters, because the strong Black woman trope is a cement necklace.
Michelle Obama: Fucking – god, yes.
Michele Norris: You know, that’s supposed to feel like pearls. It’s supposed to be a compliment, but what it is, is, it continues the notion that we can throw anything at you. We can only hurl anything at you and you will catch it, and inspect tasteful do it. And that’s just not true. And so, I try to be honest in my low-grade times, you are aware, this has been a tough epoch, this has been a tough era.
Michelle Obama: We will get through this, uh, you know cause the thing we have to remember is like we’ve been through tough times, in this nation. Um, and we find ourselves in a peculiar time in record. We are living through something, that no one in our lifetimes has lived through it. Uh,
Michele Norris: 2020 is, simply extra.[ roars] In all kinds of ways.
Michelle Obama: Who would’ve thought. It’s like phew! What more do you have for us, 2020!
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