How to make yourself the most resilient creature you can be
Eco-anxiety is becoming an increasingly prominent mental health issue across the world. To help those who find environmental news and climate change a huge anxiety trigger, British-Australian psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose has written A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: How to Protect the Planet and Your Mental Health (published by Watkins Publishing).
The book is real and honest about the planetary problems humanity is facing but it also provides achievable, practical and motivational tips on how to channel anxiety and use it in a proactive way.
In this extract, Anouchka shares her advice on how to become more resilient in the face of climate change…
4 daily practices that foster emotional resilience
If you want to learn a thing or two about emotional resilience, just talk to entrepreneur Ash Ambirge, creator of the Middle Finger Project. She’s been looked down on because she grew up in a trailer park. She’s been fired from jobs she worked hard to land. She’s had her heart broken and her savings stolen on the same day. She’s spent more than a few nights sleeping in her car. Yet even after all that, she’s still standing.
Ash may not have been born into an easy life of uninterrupted success, but she has always bounced back. You might even say she’s bounced forward. “The act of contributing meaningfully requires you to step out,” she says. “Your every weakness will be on display, but so will your courage.”
That’s the essence of emotional resilience: the ability to experience something stressful without letting it destroy your resolve, sense of purpose, or hopes for the future. It’s more than just keeping calm and carrying on. Being emotionally resilient means that you can acknowledge and metabolize negative feelings instead of locking them away or being overwhelmed by them. When an emotionally resilient person wears a brave face, there’s genuine bravery and optimism behind it…