Autism and Mental Health – by Austin Riley our Overseas Ambassador
The last several months have been very tough mentally, especially in Ontario Canada where I live. We are currently in our third lockdown which seems to be never ending. My race season start date has just been pushed back for a second time. It has really been hard to stay positive with the situation.
I have been able to find a few things that have really helped me cope. I have started to do some regular exercise 4 or 5 nights a week in preparing for the race season to start. It seems to help give me stay more positive in general and has improved the way I feel about myself. I have also been doing much more simulator racing with friends I have made all over the world.
Even though simulator racing does not feel the same as real racing, it’s still good to do some racing even if it’s virtually. The last thing that has really helped me get by the last several months is work. I have been able to get out of the house and go to a job I love 3 days a week. It gets me out of the house and allows me to see some new faces other than my parents and sister.
All in all, I am doing ok…but I also understand that if I start to struggle, I have lots of friends and family I can reach out to that will help me.