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Posted on Sep 21, 2016

How Do You Take Care Of Yourself While Wearing A Chest Binder?

Because it can be a real bind (sorry).

For many people, wearing a chest binder is simply part of the daily routine in this thing called life. But it can be a real strain, both mentally and physically.


There are tons of reasons to bind. Many people find that wearing a binder helps ease the discomfort that comes along with gender dysphoria.

Or, maybe you just want to look better in a button-down. You do you!

Regardless of why you have it on — how do you take care of yourself while binding?

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Maybe you've found that stretching before and after helps ease back pain:


Or you've perfected a breathing routine that gets you through the day:


Maybe you make sure you are binding safely — wearing the proper size and taking care not to wear it longer than you need:

Maybe you've got that one friend who just gets it — someone you can vent to when the whole binding thing gets you down.

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And maybe you used to bind using ace bandages, but you know better now.

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Seriously, don't do it.

So, how do you take care of yourself — both body and mind — while wearing a chest binder? Sound off with advice in the comments below for a chance to be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed LGBT post!

Your advice could help someone just starting to figure this whole ~ binding ~ thing out.