How to Cope with Eco-Anxiety?
Most people realize climate change can affect physical health through pollution, the spread of disease, and food scarcity. Mental health professionals also point to one serious mental health consequence: eco-anxiety.
Psychologists with the American Psychological Association (APA) define eco-anxiety as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.” Climate change is a global concern, but also a personal one. You may not spend much time actively considering your connection to the planet, yet that link exists for everyone.
How do we address eco-anxiety, so it doesn’t interfere with our mental wellbeing? If you’re feeling anxious about the planet and its people, try the following:
- Surround yourself with people who understand. It’s always nice to have a community that just gets you. Getting that support and validation from peers feels pretty darn good and is great for your mental wellbeing. A group membership and participation in group activities—regardless of what the activity is—has been shown to help maintain and enhance mental (and even physical) health.
- Take action. Make more sustainable and ethical choices, volunteer with causes you believe in and talk to people within your sphere of influence – such as friends, family, employers and politicians – to educate them and encourage positive change.
- Prioritize self-care. When you’re feeling overwhelmed by eco-anxiety, take time out. Spend mindful time doing things that make you feel positive and safe. Knowing when to disengage from things that worry you is just as important as knowing when to tackle them.
- Seek support. If you think eco-anxiety is making an existing mental health problem worse, speak to your doctor.
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