4 Common Negative Emotions driving your Climate Anxiety and how to FLIP them into something Healthier and more Sustainable for you and the Planet
Author: Natalie Roberts, Relationship and Mindfulness Coach
When you picture in your mind’s eye burning Amazonian rainforests, starving polar bears in the Arctic, beaches and oceans littered with rubbish, mountains of unrecycled plastic, indigenous people uprooted from their homes to farm cattle and grow cash crops… what emotion arrives in you most quickly?
Overwhelm? Worry? Anxiety? Panic? Anger? Guilt? Grief? Shame? Apathy? Numb?
When we experience these negative emotions, our brain and subsequently our body is in stress mode. This is not a mode conducive to good decision making, healthy relationships or effective, lasting change – the very outcomes that will resolve the issues that extend from global governments to the dinner table and the very issues I know those of you reading this are so passionate about.
As a Relationship Coach, clients often ask me how they can escape these negative emotions that have often plagued them for much longer and in relation to many more issues than the planet – the planet has simply become the next in a long line of situations that trigger them. They know that feeling like this is costing them their happiness, health and their closest relationships….and in many homes, green issues and recycling have become the latest daily battleground!
For the most part, our society focuses on managing symptoms and it’s certainly a place to begin, as we’ve seen with the success of programmes such as Blue Planet to raise awareness and influence our behaviours in relation to single use plastic. The problem is that managing symptoms only gets us so far and often not very far at all. As we’re beginning to see with recycling, it simply hides the real and bigger problem.
Unravelling and resolving causes can create lasting and sustainable recovery and flourishing for individuals, families, communities and ultimately the planet. It turns hopeless into hopeful and powerless into empowered.
A better planet is dependent on better relationships and though it can be really tough to admit, it begins with the relationship closest to home; with yourself.
So can I ask you a couple of questions?
What’s the truth? How’s your relationship with YOU?
On a scale of 0 of 10… 0 being it’s dreadful and 10 being it’s so good I can’t stop smiling… where are you? ...and what’s going to happen if you keep feeling like that?
Ask yourself the questions again if you need to!
If you picked anything less than an 8, this quick guide can assist you to make some immediate and potentially lasting changes that go beyond managing symptoms. I’m exposing four dangerous and scarily common habits that create negative emotionality and how you can flip them into something healthier and more sustainable for you and the planet… ready to get started?
These dangerous habits don’t just apply to making changes to help the environment – they show up in all areas of our life and you can use the same flip strategies to confront all sorts of issues in your life.
When we convert negative emotionality into positive, we can react and respond from a more loving and peaceful place inside us. LOVE not fear is in the driving seat then and we can write a whole new story about ourselves, our relationships and our world from there.
Questions? Head for my coaching caravan on the Dean Meadow at GreenFest. I’ll be there all day and at 2.30-3.30 I’ll be leading a Mindfulness in Nature workshop. If you’ve never had a go at being mindful or you want to start flipping dangerous habit number four, come along and join in (all ages welcome)!
Are you feeling stuck in your relationship, unable to resolve challenges that are impacting you and your family? Natalie is an award-winning, accredited Master Coach and mentor, assisting individuals and couples to resolve issues and thrive in their relationships.
m: 07977 585072