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Strategies for Coping with the Stress of Climate Change


Strategies for Coping with the Stress of Climate Change
Strategies for Coping with the Stress of Climate Change


Strategies for Coping with the Stress of Climate Change


Climate change often feels like a hot-button topic that people like to argue about. Some people like to turn it into a political thing, while others recognize that there are serious problems we should be paying attention to. Climate change isn’t political – it’s something that’s impacting our planet and our future. 

 

If you recognize the implications of climate change and what it could mean now and for future generations, it’s easy to feel stressed. You might find yourself overwhelmed and even anxious about all of it. 

 

But crumbling underneath the stress of climate change isn’t going to help you make a difference. Take a deep breath and utilize some of these strategies to cope with that stress. 

 

Avoid Information Overload

Nowadays, it’s easy to obtain a lot of information about a given topic. Thanks to news at your fingertips, social media, and other tech advancements, news stories and opinions alike can be shared in a matter of seconds. 

 

In some ways, this is a good thing. However, it can create a sort of information overload that contributes to stress. Climate change is one of those topics that a lot of people are talking about. So, it’s important to sort out the information you’re getting. First, you have to make sure what you’re reading and listening to is accurate. Second, limit what you’re taking in each day. 

 

While it’s important to stay informed, overloading yourself with information about this topic will create more stress and possibly more confusion. 

 

Focus On What You Can Do

If you have friends or relatives who have different opinions about climate change, you might feel stressed trying to convince them to see the science. You’re not going to be able to change everyone’s opinion. You’re not going to be able to “force” people to make beneficial changes. 

Instead, focus on the things you can control. What can you do to help the planet and create a better environment for the future? Yes, one person can make a difference. Your actions might end up inspiring others, as well, or opening up healthy conversations. So, focus on what you can control and let go of the things you can’t. 

 

Know You’re Not Alone

 Even if people in your inner circle don’t take climate change as seriously as they should, plenty of others do. Consider joining an organization or connecting with like-minded people who want to make a difference. 

 

Working with other people who want to better the planet can help you feel supported and understood. That goes a long way when it comes to stress relief. Not only will you have a greater sense of hope for the future, but simply talking to people who share your passion can make you feel better. 

 

Talk About Your Feelings

 Speaking of talking to people, consider working with a therapist or counselor if you feel like your stress has become overwhelming. 

 

Therapy is a great way to get to the root of your stress. A therapist can also help you with healthy coping strategies, so you can manage your stress levels on a daily basis. Things like mindfulness, meditation, and even physical activity are wonderful stress-reducing practices. A therapist will also listen to your concerns and your passions. Being able to talk about those things freely in an unbiased setting can help you let go of a lot of pent-up stress. 

 

Unfortunately, climate change continues to become a problem. But, stressing to the point of getting overwhelmed won’t help. If you’re having trouble coping, put some of these strategies in place, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help when you need it. 



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