Look after yourself

As the scale of this crisis becomes clearer, grief and anger can be overwhelming. So take care. Look after your body, mind and heart. Make sure you’re strong enough to help rebuild our world.

Connect with nature. Connect with others. Connect with yourself.

As we rush through busy lives it can be easy to forget we’re part of nature – a vibrant, diverse community of living things. Whether it be talking to your neighbour or picking fresh wattle from the park – find connection with the people around you and get to know your little corner of this ecosystem. We promise you’ll feel a tonne better. (And at worst, you’ll have a fresh bunch of flowers.)

Not only will this make you happier and healthier, it’s also vital to sustaining you for the long haul of building a better world.

Connect with nature

No matter how bad it seems, the real world – nature! – will actually make you feel better.

Go sit under a tree. Look out for birds nests while you walk. Forage for edible weeds. Pause and watch bees as they bumble by. Go cloudspotting, snorkelling or star gazing. Ramble through a forest or possum up a tree. Mentally high-five one the pollinators who helped make your dinner.

For more ideas, check out this get outside kit. Use each letter in the kit to rekindle your connection to nature.

Connect with your community

You can’t build community without, well, community.

By rebuilding community, we can renew democracy and the hope we invest in it. We can rebuild the system – the economy and democracy – from the roots upwards.

Join a community choir, a co-op or a skill share. Visit your local farmers market or community garden.

Connect with yourself

Get a good night’s sleep. Take some time off the internet. Go for a walk.

Do something you love. Crazy for cute animals? Go to a local shelter or farm and pet some furry friends. Get lost in your favourite novel. Take some time out to paint, sing, dance, play – whatever brings you joy!

Feeling overwhelmed? Check out these resources for self-care and dealing with burnout and distress:

Phoebe Rountree

Assistant Climate Change and Clean Energy Campaigner at Australian Conservation Foundation