When I sat down today to write – I really didn’t know what to write about. I am feeling low about the state of the world, and the state of the environment, and I am not feeling that inspired about my eco friendly life. I am also very aware that negativity is contagious, and I really didn’t want to spread that around.
But then I realised that if I have been feeling this way, then some of you probably are too, and the best thing I could do was share the ways I am getting through it, and the things I am doing to stay on my journey. Here are 5 things I do when I am feeling lost on my eco friendly journey.
Do something out of the ordinary.
The cliché saying goes that change is as good as a holiday. And whilst picking up rubbish from the grass by the sidewalk isn’t exactly my idea of a holiday, it certainly changes my mood and the way I look at things. When I am feeling down, taking a walk has always been something that helps clear my head, but when it comes to eco-anxiety, doing a trash walk makes me feel like I am going above reducing my waste, by removing other people’s waste from the environment.
Declutter with purpose.
I love decluttering, and sometimes, when my head is feeling full of thoughts, going through a certain area of my home and sorting through items helps me sort out my head. Even if I don’t part with anything, I know that all of the items I sorted through are still providing me value and have a place in my life.
Take a small break from the news.
And I am not just talking about mainstream media. Take an audit of your consumption habits across TV, the Internet and social media. Even the most helpful and amazing content can trigger or exacerbate eco-anxiety, and sometimes, a break will give you the clarity to sort the good from the bad.
Focus on your next steps
Whether those are eco-steps or something else in your life that you need to plan, having something to focus on can help you change your mindset. For me, I have a wedding to plan, so when I am feeling down, I focus on how I can make my wedding the most fantastic, eco-friendly day of my life. But really, it could be anything – a family members birthday coming up, a side hustle you want to work on, or something you wanted to learn.
Not necessarily in the traditional sense, unless that is your thing, but making sure you take time out for yourself. For me, I like to read, so I always make sure I put aside time for reading, particularly when I am not feeling my best. What do you like to do to ‘meditate’?
These things might not cure your eco-anxiety and eco-frustration completely, but they will hopefully help the moment pass, and sometimes, that’s the best thing you can do. If you have anything else that has helped you, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!