Sociologist Corey Keyes coined this term to describe feelings many people are experiencing as a result of living through the COVID pandemic. Feelings such as:
Apathy, restlessness or feeling unsettled
An overall lack of interest in life or the things that particularly bring you joy.
Feelings of numbness, lack of motivation
You may be interested to know that this is not a mental illness – not Depression nor Anxiety – yet it definitely affects one’s mental health. So you may feel relieved to know you don’t have a mental illness, that lots of people are experiencing what you are, and you’re not the only one.
But then, what can you do to feel better – to get rid of these symptons??
While certainly the structure or lack of structure in your days, your sleep, exercise, eating habits and relaxation may need to be fine-tuned as they certainly affect your mood and feelings of well-being, HOWEVER your mind, your thoughts play a very significant role in how you are feeling, and your outlook on life in general.
MINDFULNESS helps us learn how to live in the moment and takes us away from regrets about the past or worry about the future. With the on-again-off-again swings of this pandemic,
LEARNING AND ACCEPTING WHAT WE CAN CONTROL AND CAN’T CONTROL is also very freeing in reducing the associated stress.
LEARNING HOW TO BE GRATEFUL (gratitude journals have certainly been touted in the media for some time now) is likewise a key component.
IIN SUMMARY, THESE ARE A FEW THOUGHTS ON WHAT IS NEEDED TO MOVE YOURSELF FROM
Languishing to Flourishing!