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Dealing with Eco-anxiety

Rain rain go away, come again another day... Many of us would have reminded of this nursery rhyme in the recent heavy course of rains

Most of us might be anxious due to rains by now. Since this year there have drastic climatic changes around the world, a new kind of anxiety called Eco-anxiety has come into play. Although this anxiety is not new but the term is, and is used to explain the anxiety, grief, and despair that is felt about the state of the climate or environment changes.

Did you cry when you heard recently that Amazon is on fire? Does the question, “plastic or marine life?” make you worry? Or do you worry that soon there wouldn’t be enough water on Earth for every one of us? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions then you may be one of those who has an eco-anxiety. Eco-anxiety is real, according to some psychologists, and it can really stress you out.

However, like every anxiety, even eco-anxiety can be dealt with:

Acceptance

This might be the hardest step in fighting climate change. If you’re going to keep eco-anxiety at bay you HAVE to learn to live with both the positive and negative emotions and realize that not everything is simple cut-and-dry. You can make peace with something without condoning. When you start to feel very overwhelmed by impending climate doom practice acceptance without complacency.

Get a new view

Just as you need to accept that bad things might happen, you also need to accept that good things might happen too. When you have this very clear big picture of how amazing things could be it becomes so much easier to talk to people and guide them too. It also becomes so much easier to take action because you have a clear vision of what you’re fighting for. Take a few moments to journal or just daydream about how wonderful the future could be.  Describe in detail how awesome the future could look.

Find a support system

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s also easy to feel isolated, and one of the best ways to combat this loneliness is to find a group of like-minded people. Remember that you’re not alone. There are TONS of people, groups, and organizations that are all working towards change.

Get to work

After you’ve decompressed from the initial feelings of overwhelm, it’s time to get to work. The only way to truly work through these feelings is to make changes! This doesn’t mean that you need to make every change overnight and it certainly doesn’t mean that you take on the sole responsibility for the fate of the world.

Anxiety can also stem from feeling like you HAVE to be perfect and that you can NEVER make a mistake because if you do then the world will collapse and it will be all your fault. Start making changes in your own life and in your community.

You can also try these:

  • Fly less
  • Eat a plant-based diet
  • Start living a zero-waste lifestyle
  • Practice minimalism
  • Become an activist in your own town
  • Get involved with local government

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What teens need to know about Burnout

Stress and burnout are pretty closely linked, however they are not the same thing. Wondering 'what is burnout?' Find out what the warning signs look like and learn how to prevent yourself from feeling burnt out
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

Stress puts a lot of pressure on the body. This can be manageable in the short-term, but if it's constant, it can be bad for both your physical health and emotional wellbeing. Eventually, too much stress on your body over a long period of time can cause you to burn out. Burnout is a state of complete mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. Teenagers especially have a lot to do with homework, sports, hanging out with friends, part-time jobs, and other commitments. Many of us are busy preparing for our resume and as we get prepared for adult life, we often miss out on one vital skill – knowing how to relax.

Sings of a Burnout

  • Every day is a bad day.
  • Caring about your work or home life seems like a total waste of energy.
  • You’re exhausted all the time.
  • The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.
  • You feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.

Burnout is a gradual process. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can creep up on you. The signs and symptoms are subtle at first, but become worse as time goes on. Think of the early symptoms as red flags that something is wrong that needs to be addressed. If you pay attention and actively reduce your stress, you can prevent a major breakdown. If you ignore them, you’ll eventually burn out.

Physical signs and symptoms of burnout:

  • Feeling tired and drained most of the time
  • Lowered immunity, frequent illnesses
  • Frequent headaches or muscle pain
  • Change in appetite or sleep habits

Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout:

  • Sense of failure and self-doubt
  • Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated
  • Detachment, feeling alone in the world
  • Loss of motivation
  • An increasingly cynical and negative outlook
  • Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment

Behavioral signs and symptoms of burnout

  • Withdrawing from responsibilities
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done
  • Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope
  • Taking out your frustrations on others
  • Skipping work or coming in late and leaving early

Lifestyle causes of burnout

  • Being busy all the time, without enough time for socializing or relaxing
  • Lack of close, supportive relationships
  • Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Personality traits can contribute to burnout
  • Perfectionistic tendencies; nothing is ever good enough
  • Pessimistic view of yourself and the world
  • The need to be in control; reluctance to delegate to others
  • High-achieving, Type A personality

How to deal with Burnout

Reach Out for help

Reach out to those closest to you, such as your partner, family, and friends. Opening up won’t make you a burden to others. In fact, most friends and loved ones will be flattered that you trust them enough to confide in them, and it will only strengthen your friendship. Try not to think about what’s burning you out and make the time you spend with loved ones positive and enjoyable.

Be more sociable with your friends

Try to be friends with people in real life than in virtual. Attend events once in a while, spend quality time with them and develop friendships with people who can help buffer you from burnout.

Limit your contact with negative people

Hanging out with negative-minded people who do nothing but complain will only drag down your mood and outlook. If you have to work with a negative person, try to limit the amount of time you spend together.

Find new friends

If you don’t feel that you have anyone to turn to, it’s never too late to build new friendships and expand your social network.

 

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