23 Apr 9 resources to help you move from languishing to flourishing
via Happiful by Kat Nicholls
We’ve found the word to describe how we feel. So how do we stop languishing and start flourishing?
“The actual meaning of meh”, this is what a friend wrote as she dropped a link to an Instagram post from The New York Times into our WhatsApp chat. The Instagram post in question was about the word ‘languishing’, promoting their article, There’s a name for the blah you’re feeling: It’s called languishing.
In the article we learn that mental health is seen on a spectrum in the psychology world, ranging from depression to flourishing. Described as ‘the neglected middle child of mental health’, the term languishing is used when we don’t have symptoms of mental illness, but we’re also not as mentally healthy as we could be.
It’s when we feel empty, stagnant, like we have no aim in life and struggle to feel joy. If we could use just one word to describe the pandemic experience, this would be it.
Many of us have moved through the initial anxiety, panic and fear we felt when we were first thrust into lockdown. The vaccine has given us hope that the end is in sight and, as the UK starts to lift restrictions, you can already see life force flowing back to many of us.
We can’t neglect the mental toll of what we’ve been through, though. Making plans still feels precarious; some of us are wary of going back to ‘normal’ and, overall, we’re just really, really tired.
This lack of energy can tip into this state of languishing and we may not even notice just how much our drive has dried up. We retreat to the safety of solitude, fall back on habits that have gotten us through and struggle to realise we need to take action to pull ourselves up.https://www.instagram.com/p/CN44hSXAdqh/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=13&wp=1080&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fhappiful.com&rp=%2Fresources-to-help-you-languishing-to-flourishing%2F#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A2199.0999999979977%2C%22ls%22%3A1811.8299999987357%2C%22le%22%3A1820.3399999983958%7D
Putting a name to how we feel and shining awareness on it is the first step. The next step is to make a plan of action to help bring you closer to flourishing.
How to move from languishing to flourishing
The New York Times article outlined some helpful tools to do just this and we have rounded up some helpful resources to help you on your way…
… keep reading the full & original article HERE