Health and Wellbeing
When dealing with complex and weighty subject matter like climate change, it's important to look after ourselves.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
Coping with climate change distress is a tip sheet that explores many different strategies to cope with the distressing feelings that come from understanding the reality of climate change.
Dealing with Burnout is a tip sheet to help you recognise the warning signs of burnout, and that explores the link between climate change and burnout.
Here are a few further reading (and listening) recommendations from psychologists Susie Burke and Bronwyn Wauchope:
Active Hope by Joanna Macy
How do we keep going? Activist burnout and personal sustainability in social movements by Laurence Cox
Psychology for a Better World by Niki Harre
Flourish by Martin Seligman
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
What we think about when we try not to think about global warming by Per Stoknes
Mindful Self-Compassion - Chris Germer
Vulnerability (Ted Talk)- Brené Brown
We can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous, or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is….not to try and throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.
Psychology for a Safe Climate is an organisation helping people to engage rather than withdraw, and have several publications available online.
Psychologist Phone Support
Climate Reality has been operating in Australia for almost 9 years. In that time, we have seen a number of people 'burn out' and feel over-burdened by climate change. If you do feel at all overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or worried (by climate change, or just generally), know that it's very common.
Talking to a psychologist could help you feel much better. The Australian culture is not one that is typically proactive about our mental and emotional health, but our view is that if we're not looking after ourselves, we have less to contribute to these important issues we care deeply about.
There are a number of qualified psychologists at the Australian Psychological Society (APS) who have offered their support to those who might want to spend 15-20 minutes talking to a professional.
Email the APS at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'climate reality' in the subject line if you'd like to access this service.
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