How One of the World’s Most Prevalent Issues Affects Us
One of the greatest dangers to our society and world right now is climate change. It is not only changing and affecting the very world we live in, but it is also causing a wave of mental and emotional issues. It’s a constant fear and something that we are always reading about in the news. Everywhere we look, we are seeing people talking about it, warning about its dangers, and creating an atmosphere of fear. While we know that talking about climate change is vital, it is still a hard environment to live in. Because of the nature of our world, the prevalence of social media and the instant spread of information, we are consistently exposed to concepts which frighten us. We are witnessing more and more mental health issues, which is a natural response to a constant feeling of fear. Whether it’s because of the direct experience you can have with the effects of climate change or indirect experiences, you can find yourself having a dangerous response to it.
The Direct Impact of Climate Change
Direct exposure to the consequences of climate change exists for those who experience a natural disaster. Extreme weather can cause a lot of damage to a person’s life, and their immediate reaction could be both emotional or mental. The trauma they experience can lead to insomnia, anxiety, depression, and can even lead to suicide. According to a report from the American Public Health Association, up to 54% of adults and 45% of children experience depression after a natural disaster. Obviously, people will respond to natural disasters in different ways. Still, there is evidence that people of lower socioeconomic standings are at more significant risk. Not only are they more likely to live in risk-prone areas, but they will also have less access to proper treatment and care. Direct exposure is a significant influence on developing adverse mental health conditions and issues.
Even Indirect Exposure to Climate Change Can Be Catastrophic
Indirect exposure to climate change is reading about it or watching a story about it on the news. This type of exposure is more prominent, as we are all able to access newspapers and Internet articles at any time. As with direct exposure, people can develop depression, anxiety, and more. If we are regularly exposed to the idea of climate change, it will begin to affect our psyche. Children who have a pre-existing condition are more likely to develop mental health issues, but indirect exposure increases the risk for everyone. It has even crept into the people who work on climate change. They are not necessarily experiencing the direct consequences. Still, they are continually engaging with the idea and the subject, which can lead to more significant mental health issues, with not a lot of access to help for it.
Don’t Be Afraid to Share Your Struggles
As always, don’t be afraid to talk about what you are experiencing. This will also help you bolster your community, which is another step you can take to cope with climate change. Reaching out to friends and groups who struggle with similar thoughts can reduce the stress of the situation and give you a sense of comfort. But you can go even further and engage with those who have different perspectives. Perhaps looking at the issue through their lens can give you a better feeling about the planet in general. It helps you grow and learn more about yourself and the subject, giving you a better skill set to overcome the stress you may feel. Finally, take action about climate change. If it is causing an adverse reaction, taking action for change can be a catalyst for improvement. By allowing ourselves to take action, we can feel better and feel like we are doing work to improve the situation. You can feel prepared and able to overcome any problems that may come with it, as long as you can avoid feeling burnout and wearing yourself down.
Climate change isn’t going away anytime soon, and we can take steps now to make the situation easier to cope with. It is an unfortunate result of our behavior on this planet, but we have the power to change our course. It can add a lot of stress to your life, but it is not something you have to let keep you down. Follow the same steps you would take with any mental health issue, and you will find, once again, you have the power to overcome it.
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