Between depression and flourishing there is a state of being that most of us feel. We might call it the ‘blahs.’ We can still get our work done. We can still find joy in our kids and our lives. But it feels like everything is harder. Everything takes effort. Our motivation is duller. And so is our focus.
This is called languishing and it is a very common response to long-term anxiety and grief. We’re all exhausted – tired of the fight with COVID, tired of the fight with those who disagree or dehumanize, tired of trying to keep our businesses alive. And it shows.
While we might have no symptoms of mental illness, we’re not well either. According to a recent article in the New York Times, languishing ‘may be the dominant emotion of 2021.’
Naming it is the first step toward changing it. Listen in as Michelle and JoyGenea discuss how they are dealing with their own languishing.