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Managing Eco-Anxiety

Managing Eco-Anxiety

Eco-Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease triggered by an awareness of the environmental threats facing the earth due to climate change.

Tips for managing Eco-Anxiety:

  • Educate Yourself & Your Community: Education is the first step towards addressing the climate crisis. Raise your own awareness of the issues, and share what you learn with others. You can also connect with a climate change support group and meet more people who share your concerns.
  • Practice Mindfulness: Small habits you can perform daily can help ground you in the moment, and address your concerns, such as turning off lights you don’t need, reducing your shower time, and opting for reusable materials instead of single-use plastics.
  • Find Green Spaces: How and where you spend your free time can impact your anxiety level and overall mental health. Spending more time in green spaces or in nature has been shown to lower stress levels and reduce rates of stress-related illness.
  • Commit to Sustainable Commuting: A joint report by the APA, Climate for Health, and ecoAmerica found small, individual changes—like biking or walking places as opposed to driving—had the potential to enhance one’s sense of wellbeing. Choosing so-called active commuting over vehicle commuting not only reduces your reliance on fossil fuels, but also contributes to overall physical health and stress reduction.

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