DH Professional Solutions addresses the rise in stress due to the state of our planet and the future
There has been a rise in recent years of a very particular cause of stress; about the state of our planet and its future.
Danielle Heward, owner of DH Professional Solutions, helps owners of sustainability enterprises to improve and grow their businesses and has spent the last year exploring ways to deal with her own emotions in relation to the climate emergency.
Climate or eco anxiety is very real, particularly with stories in the media about floods, fires and storms, documentaries showing the impacts on environments around the world and the connections that can be made between climate, food supply and human health.
Research carried out by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy shows that eco-anxiety affects 55% of UK adults and a survey carried out by BBC Newsround showed 73% of young people responding said they are worried about the state of the planet right now.
So what can you do if you’re feeling the pressures of looking after our planet? Danielle shares her top tips for remaining hopeful and focusing on the positive actions we can take now to make a difference:
1. Acknowledge the feelings – it’s important to validate your feelings and recognise that feeling stressed about a threat to our existence and livelihoods is totally normal.
2. Seek out positive climate action stories – there are lots of good things being done by individuals, organisations and even entire countries! Take some time to actively find and read about positive things that are happening to help you feel inspired. For example, check out the great work of @ecologi_hq on Twitter
3. Establish what you can influence – use the World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) carbon calculator to understand your own carbon footprint and do some research to help find ideas of things you can do.
4. Take the first step – make a plan of action, even if you just start small, it’s a step in the right direction and will help you start to feel a bit more in control.
5. Create a support network – find people that share the same passions that will help keep you motivated, give you more ideas and help keep you on track. If you don’t have anyone in your immediate network, there are Facebook groups you can join such as ‘Sustainable(ish) with Jen Gale’