Kate Snow has revealed that six months after her husband Chris Bro’s battle with the coronavirus, she is seeing a therapist to manage her stress.
The 51-year-old NBC Nightly News anchor wrote one essay about how she started teletherapy to cope with the pressures of her demanding career and as a parent in the pandemic.
‘I am stressed. I mean really, really stressed, ”she wrote. It’s not just the pandemic, the fear of illness and the isolation of the work-from-home thing, but also trying to manage two teens and their education on top of a job that’s quite demanding. Oh, and there’s a tumultuous election in just a few days. ‘
Frank: Kate Snow has revealed that she visited a therapist remotely during the pandemic
Hard to handle: The 51-year-old NBC Nightly News anchor said they mostly discuss the stress of her demanding job. The journalist filmed the show in her basement
Snow explained that she’s been writing mental health stories for NBC News for about a decade now, and that she wanted to share her personal struggles to help lessen the stigma surrounding it.
Like many people in the pandemic, she sought teletherapy, which allowed her to talk to her therapist via phone or video chat.
“Every few weeks I meet my therapist and talk things through,” she said. Today we talked about how stressful my job has been lately. I am often assigned stories with a very tight deadline and I have to race to study the topic, conduct interviews, and put together a coherent and factual script within hours.
“Texts are pouring in all the while, my email inbox is out of control with dozens of updates on the elections coming in every hour.”
Honestly: Mother of two admitted she also struggled with the stress of raising teenage children Zach and Abby during the pandemic
Major stressor: Snow’s husband Chris Bro fought the corona virus in early April
Snow noted that when she pays attention to one thing, she misses the other. COVID-19 has only made things more difficult for her as she and her team are all working remotely and can’t work together like they used to.
The journalist filmed her segments in her basement, where her family kept their ping pong table.
Snow said she and her therapist also talk about the difficulties of being a parent during the pandemic for her teenage children Zach and Abby.
The Snow-Bro family lives in the suburbs of New York City, and although her kids have gone back to school, it’s only part-time.
‘Our children are now physically at school for half a day and see teachers face-to-face (with masks of course). But the virtual part of the day is tough, ”she admitted. ‘The four of us are in one house, all on screens for hours.
Stay Away: Snow took care of Bro while he was quarantined in the basement of their home, in the suburbs of New York City
Under Pressure: Snow admitted at the time that she struggled with the exhausting task of taking care of her husband, looking after their children, and making sure everyone was safe and fed
‘I pay attention to the homework they should be doing. I am concerned about their mental state. I shout from the basement, “Can someone please come down and help me?” ‘
Snow said that sometimes she will tell her therapist that she doesn’t need to be so stressed because she’s lucky to have a great job, a home, and a healthy family after her husband’s attack with the coronavirus.
When she says this, her therapist will reply, “You may still feel anxious and sad about everything you’ve lost.”
Snow admitted that she used to think that eating healthy and exercising was enough to keep her healthy, but she has found that therapy is just as important.
“ I hope that one of the lasting legacies of 2020 will be that we all realized the importance of connecting with family and friends – and taking care of ourselves, ” she wrote at the end of her essay.
Backstage: Bro used a spirometer and helped himself recover from his battle with COVID-19
‘We share in the pain and stress. And we’ll get through it… together. ‘
Snow revealed in a video on social media in early April that her husband had developed coronavirus symptoms, explaining to NBC Nightly News viewers that she wouldn’t anchor the show because she stayed home to take care of him.
She was candid about her fears for her husband’s health and what it would mean for her family if she had to take him to the hospital. Fortunately, Bro was able to make a full recovery at home.
“I know he will probably be fine,” she said at the time. ‘But I’m a reporter and I’ve been doing this for weeks. It’s hard for my mind not to stray into worst-case scenarios. ‘
Snow revealed that she and Bro checked his blood oxygen levels using an app called Oximeter, which was recommended by their doctor. Bro checked his level every few hours when he was sick.
In addition to worrying about her husband and their children, Snow confessed that she grew increasingly exhausted and more anxious as she juggled to care for the kids and for Bro, who was quarantined in their basement.
Advice: At the time, Snow urged others going through the same situation to find an outlet for their emotions
“I try to be a good caregiver,” she said. “I’ll bring Chris his meals. I’ll bring him clothes. I talk to him through the guest bedroom door. We text. Sometimes we have FaceTime.
“I thoroughly cleaned the entire first floor of our house for much of the weekend. I’m tired.’
But Snow said she was incredibly grateful for the family’s support system – namely their “ wonderful ” neighbors who delivered food to their home every time they went to the store to make sure she didn’t have to risk eating out herself. to go.
‘I know we’re lucky. Fortunately we have so much support that we don’t live in a tiny apartment, we went shopping weeks ago and we have enough to eat. Fortunately we are not in a hospital, ”she wrote.
The NBC anchor urged others going through the same situation to find an outlet for their emotions.
“This is exhausting and terrifying,” she said. ‘I do a lot of reports on mental health for Today. One piece of advice: If you’re going through what I’m going through, try to find an outlet, exercise, or talk to a friend. I plan to talk to my therapist tomorrow to keep myself on track. We’ll get through this. ‘