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Former First Lady Michelle Obama Shares Tips For Handling Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Marisa Roman

She’s always there when we need her the most. Former First Lady Michelle Obama took to Instagram on Sunday in order to share some graphics to help people handle the coronavirus pandemic and all the stresses that accompany what’s been going on. While both Michelle and husband, former President Barack Obama, have been very vocal on social media in an attempt to bolster the public morale, Michelle’s post couldn’t have come at a better time, especially the message she added with the images.

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Michelle included a heartfelt caption with the images that read, “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.”

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Michelle then went on to add some of her own personal tips in order to stay positive with everything that’s been going on. The former First Lady wrote, “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!”

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Michelle concluded the post with saying, “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.” The post, which garnered over half a million likes and counting, also received fanfare from followers as well. One commenter wrote, “We love you and we miss you!” While another added, “Thank you so much for these words! It helps! We all feel scared facing the unknown.”

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Michelle wasn’t the only Obama to provide encouragement to the American people. Former President Barack Obama also has been busy on social media, especially on Twitter where he continues to post helpful articles and tips for people to read and become more aware. President Obama most recently shared a NY Times article about the steps that need to be taken in order to stop the coronavirus completely, according to experts. At the time of publication, President Obama has amassed a Twitter following of nearly 155 million people.

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