Strategies for Fighting Climate Change-Induced Anxiety by Clara Beaufort
Climate change is on many people’s minds and can lead to anxiety, especially when they’ve experienced a natural disaster or have seen firsthand its disastrous impact on the environment. But Be Brave explains that there are ways you can relieve your stress while helping the planet and lower your carbon footprint.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
When your home is cluttered and disorganized, it’s hard to feel at peace. So turn your house into a green haven by decluttering each room, getting rid of anything you don’t need or use. Sell or donate what is still in good condition. Recycle old magazines, cardboard boxes, glass bottles, and electronics. Try reducing your carbon footprint by avoiding purchasing single-use products whenever you can: try to stay away from paper towels, disposable tableware, and food storage plastic bags, and choose sustainable alternatives like silicone bags and metal or glass containers. When you’re out shopping, opt for articles with less packaging, and don’t forget to take a few cloth or reusable shopping bags when going to the market.
Start an Eco-Friendly Business
Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to launch a business and to sell goods and services online. And many small businesses are jumping on the eco-friendly trend to sell products to customers eager to waste less and to heal the planet. In the marketplace, Welcome to A Considered Life explains that we’re witnessing an increase in green alternative products and options, all to work toward zero waste. Articles made of paper, plastic, and other disposable materials are replaced with reusable alternatives (think toothbrushes made of bamboo, sustainable razors, and Swedish dishcloths).
So if you’re ready to launch your own green product onto the market, get in touch with an online formation service that will help you to choose your business structure and turn you into a full-fledged eco-friendly entrepreneur. Running your own business can be a lot of work, but knowing that you're helping the planet one consumer at a time will give you a great feeling of satisfaction.
Once you’re up and running, you can begin sharing information that supports your business and the green movement through email marketing campaigns and on social media. Sharing on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok is a great way to tap into the already existing grassroots community and to enlighten new possible members as well. Begin by exploring ways to upload a PDF onto Facebook, since informational materials are often shared in this format. In addition, PDFs are easy to make accessible, which will help your message reach an even larger audience. Luckily, it’s a fairly easy process to post a PDF, so you’ll be on your way to eco-marketing in no time.
Grow Your Own Garden
Planting trees around your house is a great way to help the planet and help you save on air conditioning expenses by adding extra shade over your roof and windows. The Orchard Project notes that planting fruit trees has the added benefit of providing you with fresh, organic produce in your own backyard. Trees and plants are important for the ecosystem as they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air we breathe; they help clean the water, and they provide shelter and nutrition for birds and insects. And if you start growing your own garden, you’ll get great outdoor exercise that will boost both your mood and your immune system. Gardening is a proven stress-reducer that can give you a great sense of achievement and accomplishment while providing health benefits for the community at large.
Go Green When You Travel
If you live in a community that offers public transportation like buses, trains, or tramways, try using them as an alternative to using your car for your daily commute to work. Alternatively, if you have colleagues living nearby, organize a ride share where you take turns picking each other up and driving to work and back. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a mild climate, bicycling to and from work is an excellent way to get exercise and greatly cut on your carbon footprint. Check out great bikes from Be Brave to make your commute more enjoyable - and more sustainable.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to a faraway destination, pack as light as possible as the more weight on the plane, the more fuel it will consume and the more harmful gasses will be released into the atmosphere. And don’t forget to take a reusable water bottle with you to avoid buying plastic ones at the airport that will end up in the trash.
If the fear of climate change is making you anxious, take meaningful steps to lower your carbon footprints. Many of those steps will help you feel less stressed in your day-to-day life, so share them with your family and friends and enjoy a greener planet.
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