Lessons Learned from Streaming – Mental Health

Welcome Fellow Ninjas,

I’m Taylor Bouton the Nerdy Ninja thanks for joining.

Recently I started streaming my YouTube Channel: Taylor Bouton I never thought that I would ever become a streamer but once my YouTube channel started blowing up I figured that it would be a fun way to connect with my followers and play with my siblings from afar. My channel soon became more than that. I had my followers open up to me about their fears and struggles they are going through. It goes without saying that this past year has been difficult for many of us. Our very lives have been upended and challenges seem more common than stability. Many of us have transitioned from seeing our friends in person to working and attending school from the comforts of our couches. Video games and social media, the things that society claimed distanced from others became the life line that allowed us to keep in touch while confined to our homes.

The more my streams gather more faithful followers the more my followers opened up to me. Many are experiencing depression and a few even expressed a desire to end their lives. While I am by no means a phycologist, I have personally experienced anxiety & depression for over 3 years. I was fortunate enough to have an aunt as a psychologist so my family did not have the often misplaced stigma around going seeking out therapy. I ended up going to a therapist and working with my doctor to get proper medication and therapy to help better manage my anxiety and depression. Each are tools in a toolbox that have greatly improved my outlook and quality of life. Furthermore, my great uncle was a victim of suicide. When he passed it shocked me and my family and opened us up to the dark plague that is suicide. Going through his loss helped me better empathize with those that are swimming in the dark thoughts of depression and suicide.

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I am very grateful for the platform streaming has placed me in. One where I am able to meet people from all over the world and just talk with them. I appreciate learning about other people’s lives and, where appropriate, opening up about my life as well. Even though we all might feel more alone than ever, there are ways for us to connect. I keep having to remind myself that we could be living in a time period without the ability to call or text, heck without the internet. I cannot imagine going through the lockdowns and pandemic-era protocols during a time period where the main course of transportation was a horse and buggy or a train, let alone the only way to reach out to others would be via snail mail. There are some serious things to be grateful for, even during these unprecedented times.

If anyone is struggling and needs someone to talk to or just to know that someone cares I am always just a comment or tag away.

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Taylor Bouton

The Nerdy Ninja

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