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What’s happening to me? Part 2


What’s happening to me? Part 2. Changes in behavior and well-being.

Author: Dariia Serdiuk

How to deal with sleep, nutrition problems and constant stress.
In the second part of the search for answers to the question “What is happening to me?” let’s talk about well-being, behavior changes and how to help yourself.

The war, forced movement, separation and loss. The psyche of Ukrainians is experiencing a lot of stress today. In the struggle for your future in difficult times, it is important not to get lost. Therefore, we answer the common question “What is happening to me?” and tell you how to help yourself.

In the first part of the material (, we talked about the most common emotions that can occur under severe stress. Now let’s talk about the complex psychological states that a person may face.

What psychological states may arise? A situation when psychological reactions do not occur immediately is common. A trauma may manifest when the body ends the mode of constant activation due to the danger. Then the following psychological states arise.

Constant tension. Although the body is safe, it can remain attentive to the environment. There is irritability, constant tension, emotional instability, sharp reactions to sounds and more.

Sleep problems. Difficulty falling asleep, horrors or, conversely, the desire to sleep more than usual. Sleep is an important part of physical and mental health. Strong emotional shocks, depressive states can significantly affect this area.

Nutrition problems. Nutrition is just as important for health. Manifestation of eating problems is also very individual: loss of appetite or overeating, loss or significant weight gain, impulsive nutrition, and so on.

Problems with everyday affairs. It is becoming increasingly difficult to make decisions, do routine tasks, focus. This is a normal body reaction to strong emotions and constant stress.

Changes in mood and thinking. Manifest catastrophic thinking, perception of the world as hostile, the desire to separate from close relationships. There may be negative thoughts about yourself, your environment, and life in general.

What can you do?
All of these reactions are normal. The psyche is protected, trying to process a lot of information and emotions. Psychologists offer several strategies to help yourself cope with this.
  • Pay attention to your reactions and do not avoid them
  • Seek social support
  • Make a daily schedule
  • Don't forget to take care of yourself
  • Allow yourself to rest

Pay attention to your reactions and do not avoid them. Allow yourself to feel. Allow your body to process the trauma. You can describe your states aloud to yourself. This will help you better understand and accept them. For example, “Now my heart is beating very fast because of the loud sound. This is normal, because I was going through such a dangerous situation. I’m safe now. “

Seek social support. Family, friends, social community, even pets. Do not bottle yourself, communicate, create a safe environment. Do not allow yourself to be isolated.

Make a daily schedule. Even the smallest routine gives structure to your day. The body needs a sense of stability, discipline. It is also important not to forget about self-care, even if you do not want to.

Allow yourself to rest. Be sure to take a moment for yourself. Find a way out of emotions. Sport is a great option.

Remember that you can always help yourself, ask for help from relatives or professionals. Ukrainians can find free psychological help here.