How To Proactively Deal With Climate Anxiety

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How to proactively deal with Climate Anxiety

Climate change has become a hot topic in recent years, and with good reason. As we learn more about the impact humans have on our planet, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the problem. Climate change affects our mental health in addition to our planet. Extreme weather and scary events like fires, blizzards, and hurricanes can increase depression and anxiety, and contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder. People might experience being shut-in, being displaced, and have food insecurity. Higher temperatures are also associated with an increased risk of suicide and psychiatric hospitalization.

Climate anxiety is a real issue affecting people all around the world. This can involve existential dread about the future of the planet, and anger at those who have contributed to the damage, deny the damage, or refuse to make changes. Anxiety about climate change is a very valid emotion that is increasingly affecting more and more people. It’s natural to feel a sense of helplessness in the face of such a daunting global issue, but it’s important to remember that there are concrete actions we can take to mitigate climate change, and that these actions can also have a positive impact on our own well-being.

Strategies such as reducing, reusing, and recycling can not only help reduce our carbon footprint but can also increase happiness by providing a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Additionally, taking steps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, such as switching to renewable energy sources or walking or biking instead of driving, can not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions but can also improve physical health and mental well-being. It’s important to remember that we don’t have to tackle climate change alone and that by working together and taking small steps, we can make a significant impact on our planet and our own happiness. Implementing sustainable practices can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with environmental degradation. By making small changes we can feel a sense of accomplishment and control over our actions.

There are things we can do to help reduce our impact on the environment and feel happier in the process. Identify your values, accept what you can’t change, and make a commitment to change what you can through action. If you have identified that supporting a more eco- friendly lifestyle is a commitment you are willing to make, here are some tips to get you started.

Reduce Food Waste And The Carbon Footprint of Food "Travel"

  • Only buy what you need and shop locally
  • Try composting or collect veggie scraps to make vegetable broth (I must admit, this sounds like a lot of work.)
  • Eat more plants than meat and when you eat meat, choose sustainable options like humanely raised and free range
  • It’s likely safe to ignore most expiration dates unless it smells/looks bad

Save Water

  • Wash your clothes on the cold cycle
  • Use the eco-cycle on your dishwasher and washing machine
  • Using the dishwasher over hand washing usually saves more energy and water
  • Some people turn off their water when they soap up in the shower (I can’t do that!)
  • Catch rainwater or even shower water to water your plants (I’m going to try this!)

Go Easy On The Plastic And Paper

  • Use reusable bags or wash and reuse plastic ones
  • Replace items with reusable items when you can with things like this
  • Try shampoo bars or body bars or use refillable products (Fillaree Refillable, Sustainable Soap)
  • Use reusable plates and cups
  • Buy travel utensils and ask restaurants not to give you plastic forks and knives with take out
  • Take packing foam to your local pack-n-mail place
  • Ditch the paper towels and napkins for reusable or use more sustainable brands

Moreover, adopting sustainable practices can lead to a sense of purpose and fulfillment, which ultimately contributes to overall happiness. Instead of dwelling on the overwhelming feeling of climate anxiety, taking action toward sustainability can provide a sense of hope and positivity for the future. By making conscious choices regarding consumption and waste, we can reduce our carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment while also improving our well-being. These small acts of creativity can bring a sense of accomplishment and joy, knowing that you're making a difference in the world. Additionally, reusing items can also foster connections with others as you share ideas and resources. By reducing waste and finding creative solutions, we can increase our happiness and sense of purpose while also positively impacting the planet.

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