PNN – Emotional Resilience Workshop with Heather Lynch & Molly Stevenson

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The session was enlightening with the following coping mechanisms shared by the network attendees:

Do something creative – draw, paint, write. It’s a great way to process feelings and connect with others.

Walking through old-growth forest is my go to way to feel better about everything 💚🌍🌱

Engage with others and actually broach the topic, in a non-confrontational way.

connecting with like-minded people. Taking action: going to demos, signing petitions. Looking after myself. Connecting with organisation such as “Flightfree UK” etc and hearing about what other people do

Doing small things daily to take positive action

Talk about your feeling as much as possible

Simply sharing with others seemed to have helped already! 🙂

Returning to my body, moving, meditating and helping others to do the same AND have conversations with like-minded people

Growing veggies with kids

One way I cope is by trying to consciously place myself in settings that are more positive – osmosis

Stopped reading and listening to news

Surrounding yourself with people that care about these issues and can empathise

spending time with other people who have similar values around the climate 💚🌍🌱

Change small things in your life as you are in charge of

Reminding myself to focus on what I can control and creating boundaries between personal and professional life (I work in sustainability).

Reminding myself of the responsibility we all have. Hopelessness is not an option

Meeting other people who share concerns.

Daily noticing in nature – even the smallest things. Awe and Wonder

Making a decision to act FROM the feeling rather than reacting emotionally. Then doing it 🙂

Acknowledging that I am open to learning – learning is activism.

Music is another great coping strategy for me -the creative energy I think helps to regulate

joyful activism: We’ve got a small group here that does a Disobedience dance routine to get people interested in XR and environmental issues

References

● Climate Mental Health Network: Climate Wheel,
https://www.climatementalhealth.net/resources;
https://www.climatementalhealth.net/_files/ugd/d424e1_71802b234f66479c80d6780e885e9960.pdf,
● Active Hope Training: https://activehope.training/
● Caroline Hickman: https://www.caroline-hickman.com/ and Emotional transition curve
article
● Conscious Leadership Programme: Video: ‘Are you willing to feel your feelings?’
https://conscious.is/video/are-you-willing-to-feel-your-feelings

Project of the Month

100 Beach Cleans in 2024

Asher Wain (Richard’s son) has already collected over 120kg of rubbish from South West beaches this year. He’s part way through his challenge to do 100 beach cleans in 2024 while raising money to help communities in Cambodia. In the summer of 2025 Asher aims to be part of an expedition that will be digging wells, assisting with school building and helping to teach English in rural Cambodia. To be part of the expedition he’s aiming to raise £2000 from the 100 beach clean challenge. If you’d like to find out more please visit the ‘Clearing the Coast to Cambodia’ Facebook page. Asher would massively appreciate page likes, shares and any donations, large or small. Thank you!

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https://www.climatepsychologyalliance.org/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gpn_06NT9w

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_TMzLCI_Y

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