Like any other anxiety-related disorder, the effects of eco-anxiety can be minimized. For example, by looking at the positive side in any situation, working on emotional regulation in the face of one’s own impulses, and developing resilience in order to face adversities. Another way to tackle eco-anxiety, at least to reduce the feeling of guilt, is to do our part in caring for the planet by promoting a sustainable lifestyle both in our own lives and in those of others. Here are some tips:
- Knowing the enemy is fundamental and that is where climate change education comes in. Raise your own and others’ awareness of the problem.
- Commit to responsible consumption and recycling to protect the environment as much as possible. Also, reduce your plastics consumption.
- Do sustainable activities, such as setting up an urban garden or plogging (going running and picking up plastic from the ground).
- Commit to sustainable mobility and sustainable food. Your health and that of the planet will be grateful for this.
- Avoid those little things that pollute, such as leaving the tap running or throwing chewing gum on the ground, because even the smallest things count.
One piece of positive news in the fight against eco-anxiety is that climate problems are causing a change in awareness of the need to take care of the planet among a large part of the population. According to a survey conducted by global trends company WGSN, 90% of global respondents said that thinking about the climate crisis makes them feel uncomfortable about their future, something that, especially for younger people, is transformed into a form of green activism birthing iconic youth activists such as Greta Thunberg, which suggests a more prosperous future for the planet.