I have a few dysphoria triggers, lack of development, body hair, genitals, and general appearances, and most of these seem to be under attack during this crisis period. This week my hair salon cancelled my appointment, and my electrologist is closed for the foreseeable future. Elective surgery is suspended, so my wait for GRS is getting longer and longer. It hasn't helped that my HRT program failed and my development stopped, but I think I am now on top of that. All of these things have added to my dysphoria, to the point my cognitive function is impaired and I have a constant headache.
We know that dysphoria is the brain's way of getting us to comply with its gender identity, and it varies greatly for most trans people from hardly noticeable to life threatening. Doing something towards the brains identity goal usually lessens dysphoria, ie, dressing as our preferred gender, altering our bodies, taking HRT, and even behaving like our preferred gender can reduce dysphoria. Lately, this is getting harder due to lockdown and isolation.
I intend getting all my makeup out and spend time playing with it, decorating my bedroom, doing online voice training, and online trans meetings, but I guess there are plenty of ways we can fight dysphoria while shut up at home.
How do you cope??