In Part 1
of our conversation with clinical psychologist Dr Sarb Johal
, we spoke about the different emotions many of us might be experiencing in the wake of the severe weather events that have recently hit Aotearoa. In the second part of our kōrero, we asked Dr Sarb for tips on managing fear and stress, coping with increased feelings of climate anxiety, and more.
These severe weather events have brought to the forefront a conversation about climate change and heightened climate or eco anxiety for many. What would you say to people grappling with these feelings?
Dr Sarb: My main piece of advice is to take some practical steps to deal with your anxiety and stave off feelings of powerlessness. Here are some suggestions from the Australian Red Cross: