I believe we are all suffering trauma as a result of our deteriorating climate and environment. Â Whether we are conscious of it or not, I believe we are suffering physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from the rapidly diminishing health of the biosphere. Â And since the declining health of the natural world is likely to continue, our suffering Â will grow. Â That’s why I was glad to see the following wise words by a Washington, DC psychiatrist and environmental activist.–April Moore
CLIMATE TRAUMA SURVIVAL TIPS
Â Â Â Â by Dr. Lisa Van Susteren
- Take care of yourself physically and spiritually, through healthy living and maintaining a balance in your professional and personal life.
- Physical exercise is essential â€” endorphins, the bodyâ€™s natural pain killers, are secreted in response to exercise. Endorphins help fight psychic pain, too. Exercise also boots your immune system. If you are stressed out and getting sick a lot â€” you need regular exercise. Swimming can be very soothing.
- Get out of doors as much as possible â€” connect with the forces that drive you and give yourself up to the beauty of nature in the present.
- Remember that you are not alone. There are lots of other people who may be just as traumatized as you are â€” they just arenâ€™t talking about it.
- Your fears are realistic. But what you can do, or what you expect you can do, may not be.
- Personal therapy can help. You wouldnâ€™t be the first person to conflate some personal problems with what is happening to the planet. Although â€śweâ€ť are working on it, many professionals may not yet â€śgetâ€ť the problem with climate.
- Having trouble sleeping? â€¦ Make sure to cut off the computer at least 2 hours before bedtime. The blue light emitted by computers suppresses a hormone that triggers sleep more than light from other parts of the spectrum. Additionally, turning out lights is not only good for the planet â€” the resulting incremental darkness sets the body up to sleep. Also, did you know that it can take as many as 9 hours for your body to completely break down caffeine?
- Believe that you are invulnerable. In fact, admitting what you are going through makes you more resilient.
- Lose focus on the essential tasks.
- Donâ€™t give up! Despite the forecast â€” we are working together like never before.