Maureen McCormick’s Best Advice for Others Facing Addiction or Isolation in the Pandemic

The "Brady Bunch" star helps people find happiness in tough times.

Maureen McCormick’s Best Advice for Others Facing Addiction or Isolation in the Pandemic

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.

POSITIVE READING

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.

EXERCISE

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.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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