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Climate Anxiety Is Becoming a Bigger Problem among Teens

Published on: February 7, 2023

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As climate change continues to threaten the planet, more and more people are feeling anxiety about how it affects their lives. And psychologists say that teens are particularly vulnerable to this kind of worry.

A recent study found that teens are more likely than adults to experience physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches when they think about climate change. This can make it hard for them to focus on their schoolwork or even get through the day without feeling sick.

The researchers said parents should talk with their children about climate change and what it means for them, so they feel less alone in their concerns. They also suggested that teachers encourage students to share their feelings about what’s happening in their communities and worldwide.

As the climate crisis becomes direr, teens feel the impact. According to a recent survey, about half of teens say climate change affects their lives. Moreover, most of those surveyed were worried about the effects of climate change and said they wanted to do something about it.

The survey also found that most teens are concerned about the future of their planet. They’re worried that they won’t be able to have the same sorts of experiences as previous generations, such as swimming in cold water or enjoying a snow day.

Many teens also expressed frustration with adults who don’t take action on climate change. Many said they felt like they were being left without any future due to inaction from adults in power positions.

3 Surprising Facts about Climate Anxiety

It’s no secret that climate anxiety is a problem. We all know it’s getting worse, and we’re sure it will get worse before it gets better. The climate crisis is a problem for everyone, but it particularly affects those most vulnerable—the poor, the elderly, children, and people with disabilities. But what are some of the surprising facts about climate anxiety?

1. Climate anxiety is a real thing

It’s not just a buzzword or something you read about in the news. The fact is that climate change is going to have a huge impact on our planet, and we’re seeing the early effects of it already. We may not be able to stop it, but we can do everything we can to mitigate its effects.

2. People who care about climate change are affected by it more than you’d think

You might think that people passionate about climate change would be immune to these feelings of anxiety and worry. But they’re not! They tend to experience them even more strongly than others because they’re always thinking about what could happen next—and what needs to happen now if we want to avoid those worst-case scenarios.

3. Climate anxiety isn’t just about what might happen tomorrow; it’s also about what has already happened yesterday

We all know how bad things are getting—and how fast they’re getting worse—but when we look at them from this perspective, it can be hard not to wonder why no one has done anything yet (or at least tried).

Teenagers and Climate Change (And What You Can Do To Help)

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard about the effects of climate change on teenagers. It’s a problem that can feel overwhelming and scary, but there are things we can do to help.

As a parent, you know how hard it is to keep up with your kids’ lives. You want to be there for them as they grow up, but sometimes it feels like they’re growing away from you right before your eyes. You want to be supportive and involved in the things they care about, but sometimes it feels like they have more priorities than just being with their parents.

We get it—we’re parents too! And we know what it’s like to have kids who seem like they have their own lives and interests that don’t include us anymore. We can’t tell you how often our kids wanted us to let them hang out with their friends when we just wanted them all to stay home together for one last family movie night before school started again next week!

But when our kids come home from school talking about climate change and how it affects teens everywhere, we know something needs to change.

It’s no secret that climate change is a real problem. It’s also a problem that impacts everyone, whether you’re a teenager or not. Here are some easy ways you can help fight climate change:

1. Ride your bike more often.

2. Plant trees and flowers.

3. Turn off lights when you leave the room (or even just the room if you can).

4. Buy less stuff! Shop secondhand and reuse what you already have instead of throwing it away as soon as it gets old or dirty (which will happen eventually—no one is perfect!).

5. Use less water when brushing your teeth and washing dishes by keeping them clean with a scrubbing brush instead of letting them soak in soapy water for too long before rinsing them off again (this is especially important if you live somewhere that doesn’t have enough water around for everyone yet still has to use lots of it every day).

6. Don’t take long showers—just get in and out quickly! They’re not good for anyone’s skin (not yours), so why not save some time instead? You’ll be glad you did later on down the road.

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