what can be done to reduce anxiety?
It's very much in our power to protect what's left, and to make a difference. When we're worried, or feeling overwhelmed, it can seem natural to avoid the source of our anxiety. So, in the case of eco-anxiety, it can be tempting to switch off. However, experts say it's important to confront the issue of climate change directly, and stay informed about environmental issues.
There's currently no specific treatment for climate anxiety, but that doesn't mean that it's not worth seeking professional help. Successful treatments for anxiety include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy. Each can teach you coping mechanisms to manage your anxiety.
"A therapist can help you to manage your anxiety, learn to relax, and boost your self-confidence," Andrea says. "Feeling strong and empowered makes you confident, and will encourage others to listen to what you have to say. And so you can feel more in control and influential about your role in saving our planet." Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that, while we can't fight nature, we can work with it. There's a huge amount we can still do, and it's very much in our power to protect what's left, and to make a meaningful difference.