I am not in the mood to write anything today, so I am reposting something I wrote from 2 months ago. This is very timely, too.
A friend asked me how I was this morning. And I told him his question is difficult to answer and that nothing has changed. After I sent my reply, I realized it was so vague. Like nothing has changed from what? From the time we met each other at work over 13 years ago? From when I told him I was pregnant? From when I showed him my engagement ring? From when I last saw him in the office a couple months ago?
Then I remember this article another friend sent me 2 weeks ago and I thought it is appropriate to share today. So there is a word for what most of us are feeling right now.
“It wasn’t burnout – we still had energy. It wasn’t depression – we didn’t feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. Languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing – the absence of well-being.”
I’d like to think at least I’m not depressed, but apparently “research suggests that the people most likely to experience major depression and anxiety disorders in the next decade aren’t the ones with those symptoms today. They’re the people who are languishing right now.” I am not basing this on a research, but given our current situation, I find it alarming to imagine how many people are going to be mentally unhealthy within the next few years.
There are suggestions in the article on what we can do about it. I suppose it is okay to feel this way right now, acknowledge and accept, but if I do not want to one day suddenly find myself at the negative end of the spectrum, I need to do something about my situation. It is not going to be an easy battle, but one worth fighting for.
What do you do to fight this feeling?
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