Write into your climate anxiety: it will make you feel better

Writing into grief helps you move through it

By the third day of too-smoky skies forcing us inside, I decided it was time. Climate grief is real and if not addressed can eat us up the same way traditional grief can. A therapist friend told me that I should work through these feelings like I do the seven stages of grief. Effectively, the only way to move through grief is to go into it.

A writing practice to feel better

Every morning before I write, I carve out time to listen to nature. I close my eyes, open a window and listen to the birds, the wind, the loud talking walkers. I take deep breaths to smell the hint of skunk, the salt in the air, the eucalyptus tree. This gets me into my body: not a hunched over body focused on my digital world, one firmly planted in the real world around me.

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Michele Bigley

Michele Bigley

Award-winning writer specializing in regenerative travel, environmental solutions and parenting. Michele’s writing a book about mothering in the Anthropocene.