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#Creative Expression #Journaling #Self-Care #Self-Expression


Alidia Vane

As we work to fight the climate crisis, it’s important to implement self-care practices to help manage the associated emotional challenges. One accessible tool is journaling. Beyond simply putting pen to paper, journaling can be a transformative practice that empowers us to better understand our emotions and build positive habits.

Journaling provides a safe space for individuals to privately express their thoughts and feelings. Writing down your thoughts, especially any fears and anxieties, can serve as a cathartic release, allowing you to process and reflect upon your feelings in a controlled environment. This can help improve coping skills, making you more resilient in the face of current and future uncertainty. Consider using prompts such as “How does the changing climate impact my daily emotions?” to guide your process.

Beyond just reflection, journaling can also inspire action. Consider journaling about your sustainable desires and goals, or accounting for some of the actions you’ve taken to reduce your carbon footprint, and even how you’ve built connections within your community. By writing one can revisit the feelings, events, nuances or details of current conditions to be considered at a later date too. 

Journaling is a powerful ally in our work towards a more sustainable future. By integrating such practices into our lives, we can build emotional resilience, reflect on progress towards a more sustainable lifestyle, and empower ourselves to be agents of positive change in the ongoing fight against climate change. There are a variety of resources available to support you in building your journaling practice. To get started, visit the “Definition” link for an overview of various journaling styles, and visit the “Action” link for a set of prompts designed to inspire you to make a positive contribution to society.

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