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There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing

The neglected middle child of mental health can dull your motivation and focus — and it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.


Fantastic article!

In the early, uncertain days of the pandemic, it’s likely that your brain’s threat detection system — called the amygdala — was on high alert for fight-or-flight. As you learned that masks helped protect us — but package-scrubbing didn’t — you probably developed routines that eased your sense of dread. But the pandemic has dragged on, and the acute state of anguish has given way to a chronic condition of languish.

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 despondent, drained and worthless.

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. Languishing dulls your motivation, disrupts your ability to focus, and triples the odds that you’ll cut back on work. It appears to be more common than major depression — and in some ways it may be a bigger risk factor for mental illness.


Listen as Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Joe Sanok on this new book Thursday is the New Friday, and shares with us how we can take charge of and create our work-life balance. Joe shares his new book and the evidence-based methodology and ways to doing the work that matters the most, how to be intentional to your self-care, customizing your situation to be more productive and balanced, and strategies to think to approach your business model that might free up more time to have a balanced life.

7 Ways Therapists Personally Deal With Burnout

Avoiding burnout has become nearly impossible. A lack of boundaries due to working from home, increased demands in our personal lives and endless uncertainty thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic have us feeling more depleted than ever. This results in sleep problems, loss of motivation and little energy, among many other issues. But it’s important to manage burnout in order to protect your overall well-being. So what do therapists do when they’re at the end of their rope? 

Click here to read about self-care methods that therapists can use when they’re drained or unmotivated.

When to Take a Mental Health Day

Have you ever felt nervous or afraid to take time off from work to look after your mental health? This New York Times article talks about how to know if you need to take a mental health day, how to ask for one, and how to use the day effectively.

Click here to read about how to protect your mental health in a culture that values work over well-being.