Loving all animals
Most of the time, when we talk about animals and their effect on our mental health, we only mention companion animals. But other animals also help me cope, not only with my condition but also with the struggles of being vegan.
Vegans like me are swimming against the tide. We usually get mocked or even harassed in social situations, no matter how peaceable we are.
Knowing what happens to animals behind closed doors can also make vegans feel down and hopeless, given that billions of animals are being killed every year. It’s heartbreaking to see almost everyone around us nonchalantly participating in the unnecessary exploitation and harming of animals. The world has normalized violence toward animals that most of us don’t see them as sentient beings anymore — people only see food and products.
No wonder being vegan can take a toll on our mental health.
I have to admit that being vegan can sometimes have a negative effect on my mental health. This is not because of the vegan food I eat, but because of how people react when they find out that I don’t eat or use animals.