From the good to the gritty, write it all out
A tactic that can help in a lot of areas of struggle, not just dysphoria, is journaling. If you struggle to get thoughts out on paper for just a journal entry, try making a gratitude or pride list. Your list might include things that in this moment you can feel grateful for, and things in this moment that you’re proud of. Here are some suggestions:
- Things that make you smile
- Memories that affirm your personhood
- Remember some of the moments you’ve felt at home in your body. What did that feel like?
Write on some prompts about gratitude and strength. Remember that, in the moment of heightened dysphoria, you are strong. A lot of people couldn’t imagine how it must feel to walk in a body that doesn’t feel grounding or “normal.” You, as a trans-identifying individual, are a pillar of strength. Sit in those feelings of self-gratitude for making it this far and waking up today to fight off these emotions that can bring you to your knees. Still, you’re here, and you’re more radiant than ever because you’re living in your truth like you dreamed you could. That’s something to be proud of.
Finally, it is important to remember that gender dysphoria is a valid experience and that it is okay to be yourself. You do not need to conform to gender norms in order to be happy and comfortable in your own skin. Taking steps to be more comfortable in your own body, such as wearing clothes that make you feel good, can help you cope with your gender dysphoria.
While we strive to include a diverse range of voices and expertise, not everything will be for every person. Each individual’s experience is unique, and the information Plume provides is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always first seek the advice of your primary and/or specialist physician, the Plume Care Team, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, your mental health and emotional needs, or your health care needs regarding gender-affirming hormone therapy. If you are experiencing an emergency, including a mental health crisis, call 911 or reach out to Trans LifeLine.