Saving the World by Staying Sane

By Cameron Yarbrough, MFT

Published in the January edition of the Potrero View

In lesser or greater degrees humanity is grappling with such global challenges as climate change, racial and class inequality, water shortages, and mass extinction. These are big problems to tackle; sometimes it feels like we’re moving further away from solving them. It’s appealing to avoid the truth; it allows people to disown the world’s problems and move ahead as if nothing’s wrong. 

But overindulging in negative thoughts can lead to hostility, depression and anxiety. Making big social and environmental changes requires lots of energy and great leadership. To stay motivated and inspire others, psychological fitness is profoundly important. To be effective participants in global change, we need to take in the reality of what’s happening, and maintain mental and emotional balance. 

A few changes can lead to effective leadership for social change: [Click here to finish the article at the Potrero View website]

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