The biggest source of my anxiety are fears surrounding climate change. When I see something shared on Facebook, I sweat. My heart races. My skin feels like it’s going to slide off and I feel such concentrated fear I start tearing up. As you can see, it’s deeply upsetting to me. If seeing these kinds of articles upset you, too, here’s a post about the ways you can help yourself feel better.
1.) Use a calming resource.
There are plenty of cool apps and websites online where you can ground yourself and help yourself to calm down when you’re feeling like you’re completely overwhelmed by your anxiousness. You can listen to calming sounds, vent in the thoughts room, or make your own sand sculpture, to name a few.
2.) Distract yourself.
Channel your inner 90’s/2000’s child with this online spirograph, read the Huffington Post’s Good News section, or watch some silly videos on Youtube. How to Dad is one of my favorite channels for clean comedy!
4.) Consider your impact.
Worried about your environmental impact? Check out my post, Environmentalist Tips for Everyone, for tips on how to make your life a little greener.
5.) Spread the word.
Nowadays, everyone has some sort of social media presence. If you have 100 friends on Facebook, a post you make can reach 100 people. If you make that post public, people can share it, and you can reach millions. Talk about caring for the environment and how people can live greener lives. Your words and actions matter tremendously, no matter how small.
Once you’ve calmed down a bit, think about why this post made you anxious. What are you specifically afraid of? How can you acknowledge that, while your fear is a possibility, you are in control. You decide whether to be crushed by the anxiety or acknowledge your anxious feelings, decide that you are not going to let them ruin your life, and continue on. If you need more help, don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend and/or a mental health professional.