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Resources 

“Mental health is not about feeling good or calm or relaxed. . . . It’s about having feelings that fit the circumstances you’re in and then managing those feelings well, even if those feelings are negative or unpleasant.”
Lisa Damour

These resources are not a substitute for professional services when needed.  In the US, text or call 988 for a 24/7 crisis hotline. For emergency mental health telephone numbers in other countries, go to: findahelpline.com

Watch Panu Pihkala talk with Anya Kamenetz about his research for the climate emotions wheel.

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The wheel in Times Square during Climate Week NYC

Validation

You are not alone: all of your climate emotions are normal and valid.  "Despair and fear are not inherently bad. Hope and optimism are not inherently good."

Create

Get a journal to help you process your climate emotions and to express gratitude, such as writing, painting or drawing (click here for our creative art therapy guide).

Nature

Bring nature into your life. Get a plant, nature photo, grow food, or visit an outdoor green space. 

Breathe

Notice and slow down your breathing. Slowly inhale and slowly exhale. Start with a minute and gradually add more time each day. Get more breathing tips here.

Connect

Talk with friends and family about your climate emotions.

Sounds

Listen to nature sounds and music that support your sense of well-being, reduces stress, and makes you feel better.  Check out meditations below and sound meditations here.

News

Monitor your news consumption, both time and content. Seek out inspiring, positive stories of action and healing.

Gratitude and Joy

What are you grateful for? What brings you joy? Remind yourself daily and experience them. 

Learn and Act

Learn about climate justice issues. Create a vision of the world you want to live in. Find meaningful ways to you to use your skills to address the climate crisis, in your spheres of influence, whether it's creating art, doing advocacy, scientific research, tree planting, teaching, etc., it's all needed! Taking action also means taking care of ourselves and each other. 

Climate Emotions Resilience Tips Video

Tips, Worksheets and Wheel
(in English & en Español)

Staying Cool in a Hotter World

Affirmations for Climate Emotions

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Wellbeing Tips (2 pages, below)

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Taking Action and Self Care Worksheets

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Coping Strategies

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Meditations

Derrick Sebree

Sami Aaron

Sage Palmedo

Sarah Jaquette Ray

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