The "Brady Bunch" star helps people find happiness in tough times.
Maureen McCormick won our hearts as Marcia Brady in the iconic family sitcom. Off-camera, she grew up facing the same challenges we all do: family life, depression, addiction. McCormick sat down with Dr. Oz to talk about how these struggles collided with the COVID-19 pandemic, and she gave her best advice for others who need help finding some happiness.
A long time ago, I realized I love reading, I love growing, and I was facing a lot of depression coming out of an addiction. My life is constantly looking for the beauty and really trying to change the way my brain thinks. … I love positive sayings that lift you up. I love being around positive people who want to lift you up.
I have found such a joy and love for jogging, and walking, and nature in every form. I just think it's such a gift, it's free, it's everywhere. Every day you go out there, even if it's the same place that you go to, it's constantly changing, so I love that.
GETTING OUTSIDE — SAFELY
The lockdown hit in California — I was shocked. I thought I would never be living through something like this. I was OK in the beginning but I was listening to news 24/7. I was really told that, "Don't go outside." I was afraid to go outside. I was afraid to exercise. I was in lockdown for a long time and one morning, I woke up and I just wanted to pull the covers back over my head. I didn't want to get out of bed, and I knew right away, thank goodness that was not good or healthy. I called out to my husband who was downstairs, and I said, "Honey, we need to get outside today, we need to go find a place where we can be outside together, where we're safe." I found this black Asphalt parking lot. That became our best friend. Because the businesses had been closed down so there was nobody there. I just breathed. Again, to really breathe, and to be outside, and to look up around was really good. I feel very thankful that I can spot right away when something is not good or healthy for me.