When we talk about climate change we usually think about the environmental consequences but how about the social and psychological aspects?
The term eco-anxiety defined as “a chronic fear of environmental doom” was created in 1955 by an American eco-psychologist. However, the term has become well used only from 2017. While it is difficult to estimate how many people are affected by eco-anxiety, it is expected the psychological impacts related to climate change will become more and more of concern over the year.
If you want to learn more about eco-anxiety, feel free to check the video about eco-anxiety on my YouTube channel Øreka.
But what is the connection between Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) and eco-anxiety?
A highly sensitive person is someone who experiences acute physical, mental, or emotional responses to stimuli. (1)Due to those characteristics HSPs can be quite in-tune to their environment and therefore more affected by a world changing drastically due to climate change. (2) Experiencing emotions more intensely can also mean being more affected by eco-anxiety.
Therefore how can HSPs cope with eco-anxiety?
I had the opportunity to bring out this subject with the HSP podcast team of HSPworld. Feel free to listen to the quite insightful 20 min podcast here!
Taking care of your eco-anxiety means being empowered to act and bring positive change!
Our anxiety is a message from our body that something is not right. It is up to us to learn to listen to those signals and to take the right actions!