|You shouldn't mess with Mother Nature.|
Mother Nature, and therefore all of life on earth, is in peril. Like many people, I am pissed off.
Many people are knowledgeable and aware of the ongoing mistreatment of the Earth. Some of those that are highly sensitive to this mistreatment "tremble with indignation at every injustice". One can only do so much trembling before balance needs to be restored.
The group Psychologists for Social Responsibility say,
Millions of people are likely to exhibit some of the following symptoms in response to climate change’s stressors:
- Post-traumatic stress
- Interpersonal conflict and societal conflict
- Family stress
- Persistent grief
- Child behavioral and developmental problems and academic decline
- Eco-anxiety, hopelessness, and avoidance from the awareness of climate change
Add the collapse of the Pacific Ocean, GMOs, chemical poisons like Monsanto's glyphosate, and increased levels of nuclear radiation and the situation becomes even more dire. How do we seek solace from this onslaught and move from indignation to a calm healthy state of mind?
"Clearly, if we are to deter the psychological -- much less physical and planetary -- harm that climate change portends, strong, quick action is needed now to implement energy and consumption alternatives that prevent this risk to our collective psychological well-being."In other words, one way of dealing with the harms of a deteriorating planet, and our reaction to them, is to shift from energy and consumption excess towards lifestyles that are wise to the limits and potential of natural systems.
Taking action may be the most important way to assuage the mental madness, but thankfully it is not the only way. Doing things to take your mind off of the state of things can go a long way to calming the demons of environmental dread.
Some of the ways my sweety and I use to scrub our minds of detrimental detritus are:
- Relationships - with each other, friends and family.
- Music - ahh, if it can calm a savage soul it can heal a gentle one.
- Cooking and Baking - we love to make our own food from scratch.
- Nature - how can you think of anything else when watching a bird soar, or a tree leaf out in the Spring?
- Gardening - nurturing a garden is good green therapy, plus you get clean food.
How do you maintain your mental health in trying times?