What is Eco-anxiety and How to Deal With It

Stressed and overwhelmed about the climate crisis? Us too. Yeah… us too.

The full tragedy of climate change is unravelling before us. We are constantly hit with news about pollution, plastics, floods, fires, melting caps, animals under threat and government inaction. Sometimes, I can’t help but feel powerless, frustrated, and overwhelmed by the issues our earth is facing. Do you feel the same way?

 

Well, it’s nothing new, but the term eco-anxiety has been coined to explain the anxiety, grief, and despair that’s often felt about the state of the environment/climate change or climate breakdown. The term first gained notice over a decade ago, and after the recent burning of the Amazon Rainforest, we need to learn how to cope.

Tips for dealing with eco-anxiety:

Disconnect when you can and take care of yourself.

Sometimes, unplugging and going for a walk, taking a nap, or watching a little bit of Netflix can leave you feeling more refreshed and ready to get back to work. Self care is so important! It reduces the negative effects of stress and keeps your stress from taking over so you can function at full capacity. 

 

Recognise that it’s not all on you to save the planet.

I’m aware I’m not alone in this struggle and you aren’t either. Anyone who cares about the world we live in has had moments of fear for the future. It’s important to remind ourselves of this. You are just one person, and you can only do so much!

It can be extremely overwhelming for just one person, but your stress doesn’t really help anyone and could weigh you down. Remind yourself that we’re in this together and it’s not all on you to save the planet. Whenever you need to, take a breath and hit pause.

 

 

Surround yourself with people who inspire you.

Find a support system. We can’t stress how amazing and important this is. Trust me! We all have our strategies for dealing with tough times. But it can’t hurt to take inspiration from those around you. Happiness is contagious and we tend to absorb the actions of those we spend our time with the most. It’s worth the time to consciously surround yourself with people who can create goodness for themselves, and those around them.

Join a community

A community of likeminded people not only assures you that you’re not alone, it makes it easier to stay motivated when things get rough. A community allows you to learn from each other and grow together. You can share frustrations, ask questions from people who may know more, and simply support each other!

Looking for a safe space to share advice and learn more about living a more eco conscious lifestyle? Join Seed and Sprout’s People Vs Plastic group on Facebook!

 

 

Educate yourself.

Sometimes, we act with the best intentions but don’t have all the information. This can cause a bit of anxiety as well. From my experience, self-education can be both delightful and exasperating at the same time. In this age, it is very easy to obtain the information you need to learn almost any particular skill. Knowledge is power after all.

 

 

Trust the process & know that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Mistakes are guaranteed but failure is an option. Making mistakes is part of being human and instead of being hard on yourself you should see each mistake as an opportunity for growth!

We all strive for perfection in life, but it isn’t possible to be perfect. We were definitely not created to be perfect! We try and try, yet we still fail. That’s perfectly normal. As long as you are trying your best, then that is perfectly fine. Everyone has their flaws. It’s okay!

 

 

Every little bit counts!

Let’s get to work! Sometimes all you have to do is one tiny action! Being too focused on the ideal can be the enemy of making progress in the now.

Oftentimes, we can be so overwhelmed just by taking action one on small thing. If you're unsure where to start, check out the comments section on our Instagram post!

 

 

Don’t forget, Seed and Sprout is your community too! We love learning together and supporting each other! We want to encourage more and more people to make the small but easily achievable changes in their life, which when done together, will have a real impact on our environment.

 

 

Seek help.

Things can get too overwhelming. If this is the case for you, seek the advice of a health professional, whether for one consultation, a season, or for more long-term support.

 

Let us know if you've found this article helpful. If you have other tips you'd like to share, please leave a comment below! 


3 comments

  • Firstly, I love your t-shirts!
    I am madly rinsing and washing all my plastics for recycling but my biggest move has been burying all my vegetable scraps! I have worms that eat it all
    and rejuvenate my soil which is great. I have 3 locations for my ‘worm farms’ and it surprising how much you throw out. Definitely worth doing though.

    Pam
  • It’s nice to know eco anxiety is a thing and I’m not the only person freaking out.

    Jess
  • Love this. Very relevant to my feelings at present and this is very helpful. Unplugging is certainly my favourite way of coping with any kind of stress.

    Claire L Dunkley

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