If you worry about what plastic is doing to the planet, you’re probably concerned about other environmental issues too.
The term “eco-anxiety” has been coined to describe the feeling of environmental gloom and doom that, apparently, more and more of us are suffering from.
The social enterprise Blurt, which works to increase awareness and understanding of depression, has issued a guide to environmental anxiety and what we can do about it.
It addresses issues such as feeling overwhelmed and powerless, guilt, obsessive thinking, and using negative coping mechanisms (drinking and/or eating too much, for example, or self-harm).
Accepting the limitations of ourselves and others, and understanding that our best is good enough, can be helpful approaches to surviving eco-anxiety advises Blurt.