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Managing Eco-Anxiety

Managing Eco-Anxiety

Care about climate change? We do too. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world, you are not alone. Climate anxiety is real, but have no fear, there are some simple ways to manage it. We came across a phenomenal article by the Climate Mental Health Network that gives some simple tips and tricks to navigate climate anxiety. We have summarized them below, but pop over to their website for additional resources! 

Validation: You are not alone: all of your climate emotions are normal and valid.  "Despair and fear are not inherently bad. Hope and optimism are not inherently good."

Breathe: Notice and slow down your breathing. Slowly inhale and slowly exhale. Start with a minute and gradually add more time each day. 

 News: Monitor your news consumption, both time and content. Seek out inspiring, positive stories of action and healing.

Journal: Get a journal to help you process your climate emotions and to express gratitude, whether it's writing, painting or drawing.

Connect: Talk with friends and family about your climate emotions.

Gratitude and Joy: What are you grateful for in  in your life? What brings you joy? Remind yourself daily and experience them. 

Nature: Bring nature into your life. Get a plant, nature photo, grow food, or visit an outdoor green space. 

Sounds: Listen to nature sounds and music that support your sense of well-being, reduces stress, and makes you feel better.

Learn and Act: Learn about climate justice issues. Create a vision of the world you want to live in. Find meaningful ways to you to use your skills to address the climate crisis, in your spheres of influence. Taking action also means taking care of ourselves and each other. 

 

We would like to extend a big thank you to the Climate Mental Health Network for sharing these incredible resources. 

Image Courtesy of AADA.org

 

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