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A concept called “flow” may be an antidote to languishing.
Flow is that elusive state of absorption in a meaningful challenge or a momentary bond, where your sense of time, place and self melts away.
During the early days of the pandemic, the best predictor of well-being wasn’t optimism or mindfulness — it was flow. People who became more immersed in their projects managed to avoid languishing and maintained their pre-pandemic happiness.
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Languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing — the absence of well-being.
You don’t have symptoms of mental illness, but you’re not the picture of mental health either. You’re not functioning at full capacity....
To transcend languishing, try starting with small wins: make your bed, clean your house, clean your car, make time to read a few pages every day.
One of the clearest paths to flow is taking a challenge. That means carving out daily time to focus on a chall...
Psychologists find that one of the best strategies for managing emotions is to name them.
We still have a lot to learn about what causes languishing and how to cure it, but naming it might be a first step.
It could help to defog our vision, giving us a clearer window into what had b...
This means you need to set boundaries.
Years ago, a Fortune 500 software company in India tested a simple policy: no interruptions Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. When the company set this as an official policy, 65% of its employees achieved above-average productivity.
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.
In psychology, we think about mental health on a spectrum from depression to flourishing.
Flourishing is the peak of well-being: You have a strong sense of meaning, mastery and mattering to others.
Depression is the valley of ill-being: You feel despo...
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