November 6, 2013
As gay, bi, queer men our days are filled with the daily highs and lows that most people experience. We work, we go to school, we look for work, we may be unemployed and volunteering, we may have a hard time getting through the day, we may struggle to pay our bills, and we may wonder what the future holds for us. Each of us are on our own paths and have things that support us in our lives as well as things we struggle with.
For some of us, we may be dealing with issues that add to the pressure and stress of our day-to- day lives. For example, if we have to deal with homophobia, transphobia, racism, or HIV stigma on a day-to-day basis it can have an impact on our sense of belonging, security, and wellness. Also, if we are dealing with health issues that make it harder for us to follow our goals we may feel isolated or frustrated that we aren’t able to live the lives we want to.
There is no doubt that life can be stressful! We may experience stress daily or we may have something unexpected happen and find that we are dealing with stress, sadness, or uncertainty that we weren’t prepared for.
We all have ways that we cope with the things we experience on a daily basis. Sometimes having a routine that involves exercise, time with friends or family, or quiet time alone can help. Sometimes talking to each other about how we cope can give us strength and can allow us to learn from each other and support each other. Having a strong network of friends and community can be a good antidote to the stressors we experience in our lives. Whatever the strategy is, having a plan to deal with the pressures we experience helps us when the going gets tough.
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