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How to deal with climate anxiety
The climate crisis is one of the biggest issues we face today, affecting every single
person on the planet. While that makes it important to be aware of, it can also feel
If it has made you feel extremely worried, you’re not alone. In fact, in a recent study of
young people, 84% reported being worried about the climate, while more than half
felt sad, anxious, angry, and powerless about it. Climate anxiety is very real.
Thankfully, there are plenty of simple but effective ways you can help your own mental
health while helping the planet at the same time. At Truli, those values of health and
sustainability are at the core of everything we do.
So, here are our top tips for easing the pressure of climate anxiety…
Find strength in others
The climate crisis affects every single one of us, so it’s important to remember you’re
not alone. Join community initiatives to improve sustainability and connect with like-minded groups online. It’s incredibly motivating to know there are millions of people
around the world with the same goals as you. Similarly, sharing your anxieties with
others – be it friends, family, or a therapist, can also have a positive impact on how you
Focus on the things you can control
The climate crisis is bigger than one person, so taking the weight of such a burden on
your own shoulders can feel overwhelming – and the truth is you can’t fix the issue
alone. Instead, think of the things you can have a real impact on making sustainable
choices where possible in your daily life, choose to wear an outfit instead of buying
something new, make your vote count when it’s polling time, and make your feelings
known by writing to your local MP when it comes to climate policies.
Make sustainable food choices
Extremely cheap food costs the earth – literally. Unsustainable farming is a huge
contributing factor to deforestation and the climate crisis, so, one of the easiest changes
you can make is to stop funding unethical food production and instead make sustainable food choices. Truli, for example, focuses on only creating meals that are
nutritious and good for both your body and the planet. It’s an easy switch to make, but
a surefire way to ease feelings of guilt around the environment.
Take a break from the news
Being informed is great, but there can be such a thing as too much information. If
climate news is making you feel depressed or anxious, take a step back from screens
and give yourself a news detox.
Once you’ve switched off the news, take time to do things that make you feel good.
Relax, spend time with loved ones or enjoy hobbies purely for the sake of enjoying
Allow yourself to feel your feelings
Feelings of anxiety are a totally normal reaction to the climate crisis – it is a crisis, after
all. Don’t feel you have to cover up or ignore the feelings of sadness you feel as a
result. Instead, allow yourself to feel them. Only when you have recognized them can
you go on to address them and feel better.