Climate anxiety

Anxiety [ang-zahy-i-tee] (noun): apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill.

Climate or eco-anxiety is outlined by the American Psychological Association as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.” Climate change, biodiversity loss and toxic pollution are real crises. Anxiety and worry are natural reactions, however, if they overwhelm our ability to respond and take action to mitigate these crises it's time for a reset. We all need extra care and support to keep on going through times of intense climate change, wildfires, floods, pollution and injustice.

TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Releasing Exercises) is a set of simple exercises and movements that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Developed by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, it safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension and calms down the nervous system. When practiced in a safe environment with a TRE® provider, it encourages the body to return to a state of balance. Learn more.

TRE® as a restorative practice can be done by any body, any where. Three to six facilitated sessions are recommended to establish a personal practice. Book a TRE® training session.

My story: I grew up fishing salmon with my dad. Salmon were my passion, and from 1996-2001 I studied BioResource Research at OSU with a focus on salmon. Coho salmon were already threatened then, first from overfishing and then from toxics, blocked passage from dams, warm reservoir water with diseases, hatchery fish competition and degraded spawning habitat. Adding climate change to the mix was nothing short of depressing. I threw myself into environmental movements, and in 2006 landed a dream job with Columbia Riverkeeper. Making a difference was energizing, until I pushed my physiology too hard and physically burnt out. There were days I couldn't get out of bed. I found a job with a different nonprofit, but still I worked too hard and was chronically stressed. Born with the nervous system of a deer, I learned I require daily calming, restorative practices in order to thrive. Quiet time in nature is key. However, when my mind began to quiet I noticed my body would start to shake. It didn't hurt, I could stop it anytime, but it was weird and kind of scary! It was like I had to discharge before there was room to recharge. I didn't understand what was happening, until years later I learned that tremors are used as a healing practice by many San Bushman cultures. This pulled me along a winding trail until I eventually discovered Dr. Berceli's framing of TRE®. In 2022, I earned my certification as a TRE® Provider. Today, I shake intentionally and often because it feels good and keeps me moving!