Personal finance. Budgeting. Savings. Expenses. For many people, these words and the concepts behind them trigger visceral, emotional reactions. Often, these reactions are explained away with “If I had more money, I wouldn’t feel so anxious about financial matters”. While increased income may ease some financial burdens, there is usually greater work to be done than just finding ways to make extra cash.
While climate change may seem like an equalizing threat, its adverse effects disproportionately burden underserved communities, particularly racial and ethnic communities who are the least
prepared to face its consequences. As the United States grows more diverse, it is imperative to recognize and understand how the negative consequences of this crisis affect people of different racial backgrounds.
While COVID did not create climate anxiety, it certainly heightened concern about the environment for many people. This presentation will discuss some of the real mental health issues that have resulted from climate change, and some practical ways to both cope and make an impact on the environment.
Happy Earth Day! I love the notion of celebrating nature and renewal. I think this is why I really became a psychologist. When people ask me why I became a psychologist, I tell the story about how I had a friend in middle school who wanted to be a psychologist, so I said to myself, that sounds good. That was it. But, over the years,
Acting pro-environmentally gives us a deeper sense of personal meaning, which has been called ‘green flow’. Flow refers to a mental state where a person becomes fully immersed in an activity and feels energized, focused, and “in the zone.” I’m not exactly convinced that my ‘green’ lifestyle can be described this way but getting enjoyment out of green living and finding a way to think about eco-consciousness as a hobby, sounds like fun to me. And there is research that
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