Acting pro-environmentally gives us a deeper sense of personal meaning, which has been called ‘green flow’. Flow refers to a mental state where a person becomes fully immersed in an activity and feels energized, focused, and “in the zone.” I’m not exactly convinced that my ‘green’ lifestyle can be described this way but getting enjoyment out of green living and finding a way to think about eco-consciousness as a hobby, sounds like fun to me.
And there is research that supports the idea that flow can be used as a coping skill for stress and anxiety, so maybe this is worth investigating as it relates to climate anxiety.
Being mindful about consumption and waste, and the effects on our environment, can certainly help develop a sense of personal control or agency over the situation, and be intrinsically rewarding, which both contribute to a sense of flow.
I’m always looking for more tips on ways to contribute to a healthy planet, so here are some great finds!
Get Out In Nature
Focus On Eudemic vs. Hedonic Pleasures
Stop Doom Scrolling
Embracing the practice of eco-sustainability can have a significant impact on your mental health and overall happiness. Sustainability allows us to adopt a more mindful approach to our daily consumption, encouraging us to rethink our purchasing habits and consider the environmental implications of our choices.
By taking small steps towards reducing waste and conserving resources, we can feel empowered and connected to a larger community of individuals working towards a common goal. And as we witness the positive effects of our actions, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a healthier planet, we can experience a sense of fulfillment and purpose that helps to alleviate the anxiety and fear associated with climate change.
In short, practicing eco-conscious strategies not only benefits the environment but also contributes to our own well-being and happiness.
Do you have some great ideas to share about how you practice green living? Email me at email@example.com and I’ll create a post!