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I’m A Meteorologist & This Is How Climate Change Is Affecting Your Health

In researching and writing this book during the height of the pandemic, I believed it was important to delve into the topic of mental health, which is an integral part of overall well-being.

When it comes to climate change, just the thought of our planet warming triggers feelings of anxiety, especially in young people. For those with eco-anxiety, a term described by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as the “chronic fear of environmental doom,” viewing images and watching media reports of any type of weather-related destruction can be triggering. A recent global survey of 10,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 found that 56% believe that “humanity is doomed.”

Mental health experts say that spending time in nature, whether it’s walking, gardening, or participating in an eco-friendly activity, can be helpful in coping with eco-anxiety. When these activities are done in a group setting, there is the additional benefit of potentially finding like-minded people to express mutual climate concerns.

Scientific studies also indicate that practicing mindfulness and meditation can be beneficial in reducing the emotional anguish you might feel thinking about our climate. Even in the darkest times, research shows that writing down what you are grateful for can refocus attention and improve mood too.

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