Climate Mental Health

Engage in self-care practices

For mental health support activities on self-care, please see the Emotions Wheel, Facilitating Discussions and Creating Solidarity, and Active Listening Skills

Self-care practices can help teachers and staff to protect their well-being. Learn and apply self-soothing strategies such as the Pause-Reset-Nourish framework. Learn more.

  • Pause to take a slow breath and become aware of what is going on in your body.
  • Reset your mind through meditation, doing something that brings a smile to your face, or talking to yourself as you would with a caring friend;
  • Nourish your mind and body. For example, reminding yourself of your ability to be resilient and take care of yourself. Be kind and compassionate to yourself. Ensure that you are getting adequate sleep and exercise. Talk with a trusted friend about how you are feeling. Acknowledge how your identities are being impacted and find ways to get support from those who share your identities or are allies who understand how these traumas and stresses are impacting you. Identify people who can support you. Acknowledge that this is tough. Ask for help. Here is a list of therapists and groups trained to support emotions associated with climate change. Join groups. These behaviors can help work through emotions to move on and help others.