5 Ways to Cope with Eco-Anxiety
One of the activities I do with children is a somatic exercise to teach emotional awareness and cultivate inner resilience. This is a great exercise that helps children understand how they experience different emotions and practice active hope for the future they would like to see.
Through these activities, we transform different emotions into positive expressions or ideas of something they would like to become involved with to support nature’s healing. By healing nature, we heal ourselves.
At the end of our time together, children express their desire to do something nice for the planet, such as planting trees doing beach clean-ups, helping animals, or connecting more with nature.
Just like coping with any kind of emotion, coping with eco-emotions is a journey that evolves as we jump into it and build our resilience and preparedness to navigate the times ahead.
What action are you inspired to take?
Day Sanchez is an education specialist, social and emotional intelligence coach, and the founder of 2e Minds. She collaborates with parents to guide twice-exceptional (2e) children in rewiring their brain for positive mindsets, developing positive behaviors, and building important habits and skills so they can experience success, improve their self-esteem and confidence, and explore their gifts and talents. Her approach draws on social and emotional learning, positive psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive behavioral techniques.