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How to Cope with Climate Anxiety?

August 17, 2021 0 Comments

How to Cope with Climate Anxiety?

With the news on recent wildfires and the release of the latest IPCC report, many of us have been feeling a type of way about our current climate crisis. 

Climate change isn't new. In fact, over 30 years ago, in June of 1988, was the first time the rise and concern of global warming became front-line national news.

In addition, with rise of social media, many of us are becoming more quickly aware of the climate crisis. Yes, we can do our best individually to reduce our carbon footprint, raise awareness and do our part, but often what it may be accompanied by - a wave of climate anxiety. 

What is climate anxiety

If you have been experiencing the following symptoms, you may be battling with climate anxiety: 

  • Anger or frustration towards people who do not acknowledge climate change
  • Guilt or shame related to your own carbon footprint
  • Grief and sadness over of natural environments or wildlife population

To learn more about the symptoms, visit Healthline

There are secondary issues that could have been triggered along the way, which includes (1) difficulty concentrating and sleeping, and (2) appetite changes.

 

You are not alone.

 

With what is happening to our planet today, people from all across the world are experiencing climate anxiety. 

According to the American Psychological Association, Climate Anxiety is a “chronic fear of environmental doom” and “a fairly recent psychological disorder afflicting an increasing number of individuals who worry about the environmental crisis”.

How to Cope with Climate Anxiety?

It is only natural to feel anxiety in the face of a melting planet; however, we must support each one of us to continue to fight against the accelerated climate change and global warming. 

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Step 1: Take a break

It is important to be kind to yourself. Staying well-rested and taking care of yourself, physically and mentally, is a form of productivity. Allocate some time for yourself and space to reflect on the issues surrounding climate change. Once we are all well-rested, we are ready to combat climate change, take action to help save our planet, and make a difference. 

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Step 2: Join a community of support

As previously mentioned, you are not alone. There are various people around the world who are in your current position, experiencing the current worries you have about climate change. 

It is important to acknowledge your concerns by speaking to your close ones, such as your family and friends, or join support groups to talk about the exact topic.

We are in this together. 

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Step 3: Take action 

If you are starting to feel hopeless about others who are not taking enough action to address climate change, become the change maker. Start taking action to live a more eco-friendly life to empower others in your community, friend group, and family to be a part of change! This is just the beginning.

In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.

David Suzuki

 

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Step 4: Make time for joy 

The climate crisis can be detrimental and draining to our mental health. Joy sparks happiness and happiness provides motivation and purpose. Prioritize having fun in a way that is meaningful to you. 

We hope this breakdown gives you insight around Climate Anxiety. Let us know below what might have resonated with you most. 

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Sources: APA, Healthline