You Are What You Think: Moving Forward in Uncertain Times
If you are eco-conscious at heart or doing your bit to save the planet, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. Headlines are often dramatic, coupled with hard hitting statistics or facts about what the world will look like in five years’ time. So, what can we do to stay positive with uncertainty ahead? How do we stay motivated to keep doing our bit? And how do we spread that vibe into the workplace? At OutdoorCure HQ we are big believers in sustainability and reducing our impact on the plant. An eco-goal (yes, it’s a thing!) usually features when we write our goals for the year and we are always on the look out for initiatives or ideas to reduce waste, plastic and our carbon footprint. If you’re busy doing your bit, but are struggling with the uncertainty of what lies ahead, cast your eyes over our top tips to reduce your feeling of powerlessness.
The OutdoorCure Guide to Moving Forward in Uncertain Times
1) Remember that it is ok to feel what you are feeling. It is ok to feel worried, stressed and scared by the scale of the problem. Part of regaining your power back lies in accepting the reality of the problem.
2) Take action! Join a group, become part of a community initiative and get involved. Join online forums too. Being part of something may help you to feel less alone.
3) Get out in nature. Prioritise it in your week. Getting outdoors gives us a boost and makes us value what we have. When we start to feel more positive feelings, we have more resilience.
4) Review your own carbon footprint. We continually change so what we were doing 6 months ago we may be able to adapt and do differently. Knowing that you are doing as much as you can will keep you motivated.
5) Remember to take a break. Rest is important, even in times when it feels like there is so much to do. It gives your body and mind a chance to restore, meaning you will have more energy to do what is needed.
6) Replace expectations with plans! Expectations can set us up for disappointment. Plans are proactive, whereas if you expect the worst you can feel too negative and if you expect the very best it can lead to disappointment.
7) Don’t fixate on the problem. When you fixate on the problems you face, you can create and prolong negative emotions and stress. Refocus on taking action and you will let more positivity in.
How do you cope with uncertainty? Let us know in the comments below.
The OutdoorCure Team x