Growing concerns for the planet causing eco-anxiety
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
Experts are reporting an increase in the number of people suffering from anxiety relating to climate change. Things may feel overwhelming but don’t worry, you're not alone!
What Is Eco-Anxiety?
Susan Clayton, our eco-anxiety guru from the College of Wooster says: "We can say that a significant proportion of people are experiencing stress and worry about the potential impacts of climate change, and that the level of worry is almost certainly increasing."
Is It Eco-Anxiety, Stress or Mental Health?
So what is the difference? Well not very much, they’re all interlinked.
However, elevated stress levels on a longer-term basis can have some really negative consequences on our mental health. It can lead to depression or anxiety. Symptoms include...
Feeling sad, empty, irritable, hopeless, angry, loss of interest in work, your hobbies or your family. You might struggle to concentrate, feeling overwhelmingly tired but struggle to sleep.
If you think you could be suffering from eco-anxiety or that you know someone who might, take a look at our suggestions to help deal with the panic.
Check out the Mental Health charity MIND for free help and support
Remember, to look after the planet, you need to first look after yourself.
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