If you’re feeling overwhelmed or disheartened by our climate problem, this isn’t unusual. Many people feel a deep worry about human caused environmental degradation and climate change. A recent worldwide survey showed that this worry– what psychologists call “eco-anxiety”– affects nearly 70% of adults and 85% of children.
But what to do about it?
Here are five things you can do to address eco-anxiety.
Each of these can create a greater sense of individual security and agency in the face of eco-anxiety and can help build the resiliency needed for the challenges ahead.
Here is the fourth (*):
4. Strengthen your network of support
Success in discussing feelings, and successfully practicing self-care, is in part predicated on establishing solid relationships. Whether in-person, or online, strive to establish strong social networks with family, friends and neighbors that are built on trust and regular engagement.
Don’t keep this a secret. Please forward this to someone who needs to hear about it and start up a conversation.