I discovered that sport helps my mental health and boosts my mood like nothing else
Sport has always been important to me and was largely put on hold whilst I transitioned. I was scared of how I would be seen, how I dressed, what I looked like or for my body shape.
I always enjoyed activities like running and cycling, but when it came to getting into climbing, apprehension and anxiety about being accepted or being negatively confronted, was a big obstacle for me.
This was especially the case for climbing trips, where living accommodation is usually dormitory style.
Changing facilities were also a cause for anxiety for the same reasons, so gym clubs and swimming pools etc. were also difficult.
I decided that having transitioned though, that it was time to start living my life to the fullest and as I buried my fears and got involved with climbing trips, swimming and going to the gym. I learned straight away, that not only am accepted, I am welcomed.
I work nights so find that afternoons are ideal for a climbing session, as it is not too busy and also going for a run in the afternoon sunshine is perfect.
Being Transgender is sometimes hard and with the levels of negativity in the mainstream media, it can cause mental health issues.
I discovered that sport helps my mental health and boosts my mood like nothing else. I can focus on my sport, forgetting about other pressures and a good climbing sessions releases endorphins to help lift my mood and gives me a sense of achievement.