On a psychological level, the new world, under the influence of globalization and rapid technological changes, and lately also climate change as well as war in Ukraine, seems much faster and more unpredictable.
Today’s age requires a new configuration of the self – a different kind of character than the one that was required by the old world with its much more static social structures. As we can see from the example of the start of the Ukraine war, things can change fast.
In the past, functioning was more focused on the local community than the global one. Our parents didn’t have news from around the world available in their living room with one click every minute. They did not spend their days in an environment that functioned according to the principles of digital media, where the news we receive one day can be completely out of date within a few days. The values of that time were not determined by trends on Instagram and TikTok and the speed with which they change. The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine…
Today’s situation in the globalized world can change in a few days in ways that can really affect our psychological state. Therefore, it is undeniable that this kind of functioning produces – but also requires – a different kind of sense of our self.
We are asked to be ready to reconfigure our sense of self every day – as the circumstances – market, political, global – demand.
We experienced a radical form of this with the situation that occurred with the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few months, we were forced to radically change most of our habits. How to deal with such a world of rapid changes?
It is useful to find ways to grow through things that are occuring, even when they seem overwhelming – like the COVID-19 pandemic or wars. This can help us create a sense of resilience and expand our range of flexibility.
It is also important to take care of yourself during such changes. To give ourselves refreshment and spaces where we can relax, at least temporarily, in order to regain a sense of security in a rapidly changing world. These can be some daily rituals that you will introduce, to which you will return every day, such as yoga, walking, running, listening to music that relaxes you, cooking, reading…one can choose according to your affinities.
These things are important in order to create psychological resilience to deal with the increased stressors that occur in these socio-historical periods. Meditation and visualization can also help. Meditation can invigorate us and bring us back to a space where we can take a break.