Yuri on Ice and my Mental Health
Wednesdays are fairly important to me at the moment.
Yuri on Ice of course drops on a Wednesday which always makes me so happy I don’t know what to do with myself.
But it’s also the day of my counselling appointment.
And increasingly those two are related.
Two weeks ago I brought up in my counselling appointment that the only thing that was breaking through my shell of numb indifference to the world, the only thing that could make me feel, was Yuri on Ice.
At the time I was embarrassed but my awesome counsellor was all “No! Embrace it and use it to help you!” and she was right. We scheduled in my responsibilities (like studying) broken up with “spend time online involved with Yuri on Ice” and it worked
I was significantly happier this week when I went back but my balance of activities is still way out of whack so we took it a step further. So now I have 10 minutes of studying followed by 30 minutes of “Yuri on Ice/Tumblr” time followed by another 10 minutes of studying followed by 10 minutes of “getting up and moving around the house, possibly doing chores”
It seems such a little thing but it is massively helpful and I’m looking at that like “Yeah I can do that!”
I’ve also scheduled time away from Yuri on Ice to spend time with my husband.
I’ve also scheduled time with my kid but some of that is Yuri on Ice related cause kiddo is a fan of the show as well.
Making time in my schedule and life to be involved in this fandom and not have to apologise for it or feel guilty or silly is great. I’ve been given permission to be excited and happy about this and that’s really great.
Also I talked a bit about the story and about how the main character is anxious and depressed at the beginning but the show is about him finding confidence in himself and even when he had a breakdown in episode 7 he came back and did well despite that and she said “That is a really positive message and really positive thing to have in your life.”
So all those people saying “Yuri on Ice cured my depression”? Guess what? Yuri on Ice might LITERALLY cure my depression…or at least put it back into remission.