How to deal with eco-anxiety with contribution, meditation and focus on the present.
You know you should do everything you can to protect our planet and make sure it is livable for future generations. However, everywhere you look, you see more that you could be doing to take care of Mother Earth. How can you possibly do enough? Many of us suffer from “eco-anxiety” as we try to balance green living with staying sane. Here are some tips that can help you cope.
You Can Make a Difference, Just Not ALL the Difference
Part of living life to the fullest involves spending time with your family, navigating through our modern society, and living a healthy lifestyle. What is best for animals, plants, and the world may not always align with these realities. Therefore, you must create a balance to be in a position to help.
Even if it is small, you make a difference with every positive step you take. You alone cannot save the world. But, the chances are that you are not the only one who feels passionately about your cause. And, you may be able to help shift the overall tide with tiny changes.
But, again, you cannot save the world on your own. You are but one person. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself to do it all. You do your best, you do what you can, and that is the most you can do.
Focus on the Present, Not the Media
Focusing on the present is an important practice for anything in life. This will help you stave off the dread of an unknown future and regret of an unchangeable past. Focus your mind on the here and now as you tackle one task at a time. Mindfully refocus on the present when you recognize that you are worrying about the past or future. Meditation is excellent for this.
Another way to avoid anxiety over the past and future is to stop reading the news. Try it for a week at first. You may be surprised that life goes on without your eyes glued to the latest headlines. Bolster your spirits by seeking out uplifting stories.
When we feel motivated and refreshed we will be at our most effective. On the other hand, when we are down and out, we are little good to anyone. Instead of viewing the latest headlines, get outside in nature. Reconnect with the environment you are seeking to protect.
When you feel overwhelmed by eco-anxiety, remember these three things: every bit helps, you can’t do everything, and focus on the present.
Contributed by Lucy W. (https://homeremedyshop.com)