Climate change, nature loss, and environmental degradation have become ever-present in our daily lives. These issues can be overwhelming and stressful, leading to a condition known as eco-anxiety. Eco-anxiety is a feeling of stress, fear, anger, and grief about the climate crisis and the future of our planet. It is a response to the constant barrage of negative news about the environment and the seemingly insurmountable challenges we face.
According to a recent survey, two-thirds of the British public are concerned about the climate crisis. It is a global issue that affects us all, and it's understandable to feel anxious about it. However, we don't have to succumb to these negative feelings. There are ways to cope with environmental anxiety and feel more positive about the future.
Here are 8 tips to help manage eco-anxiety:
Your thoughts can have a significant impact on how you feel. It's essential to monitor your thoughts and feed the positive ones. Try to create a balance of at least three positive thoughts for every negative one.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the enormity of the climate crisis. However, focusing on what you can do rather than what you can't can be empowering. Identify three key areas where you can make a difference and take action.
It's important to celebrate successes and good news stories, no matter how small. This will help you stay positive and motivated.
While it's essential to stay informed, it's equally important to limit your news intake and research. Be selective about your sources, and take regular breaks from technology.
Regular exercise can help improve your mood and reduce stress. Make sure to keep your body moving and stay active.
Spending time in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety. Take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit in the garden and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Mindfulness and meditation can help calm your mind and reduce stress. There are many apps and resources available to help you get started.
Make time for the people and activities that bring you happiness. It's important to find joy in life, even in the face of the climate crisis.
Feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and hopelessness are often fueled by the voice of our inner saboteur or critic. This voice judges us and others, tells us we're not doing enough, and catastrophizes situations. MYNDUP practitioners can help guide you in quieting these voices and working with you to develop practical strategies to calm your anxiety and create feelings of hope and positivity. Book a session at myndup.com/booking.