To Fight Climate Anxiety, Do Something

You can do something to improve the world. It is important for your physical and mental health that you feel you make a difference.

Climate worries are on everybody’s mind here in Europe as we suffer record temperatures and our rivers dry out. A big survey of young people found 45% saying that their feelings about climate change negatively affected their daily life and functioning. Adults with traumatic experiences like bullying or other abuse often have similar feelings.

You can break this feeling and reclaim your life by doing something to fight the thing you worry about. You don’t need to save the world by yourself, but you need to make an effort. You might save energy by driving less, buying vintage clothes instead of new ones, or volunteering in a climate-related charity. When you wrap up your day before going to bed, remind yourself of a situation where you made your own effort to fight climate change.

There is a very big difference between doing nothing and doing something.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You can improve your life by reducing your carbon footprint. Scientists may argue over whether the individual choice you make has any actual impact on the climate, but that is not the point. The point is that we all need to feel we make a difference. Using a reusable shopping bag, eating less meat or taking your bicycle to work is one way to do so.

There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and many websites with advice to help you. Find one thing you can easily do and start doing that. Track your progress and when you have established that one thing as a habit, you can start on the next.