How does apathy appear? Of course, it can be a symptom of many mental disorders. However, now it is a mass phenomenon, an integral part of our psyche’s response to military stress.
– The full-scale invasion of the russians destroyed the ordinary life of most families in Ukraine, – explains psychologist Susanna Angelova. – I often hear from women from the “Unbreakable Mom” program: “My world has fallen to pieces”, “I don’t understand what to do”, and “I can’t stop this horror”. The main signs of apathy are the lack of energy to do the usual things, passivity, ignoring one’s problems, unwillingness to learn new things or meet people, and not feeling emotions when good or bad things happen. In a dangerous situation, we react primitively: fight, run or freeze. These are the reactions we inherited from the dinosaurs. However, we have ways to tame our inner dragons.
The three keys to regaining your zest for life are attention to your body, creativity, and communication. Do what always used to make you happy before. Try something new. Help your brain remember how to enjoy life.
Here are some coping ways that psychologist Susanna Angelova advises:
And what to do when there is a lack of motivation for many things?
The “Unbreakable Mom” rehabilitation program has been developed by specialists in psychology and post-traumatic syndromes for women and children affected by war. It is a 3-week offline camp, where psychologists work with project participants, and then online support for three months