What is Languishing?
There is a name for this “blah” or “meh” you may be feeling and it’s called languishing!
It is the void between depression and flourishing, essentially the absence of wellbeing…
Languishing has in fact become the dominant feeling of 2021 following 14 months of COVID-19.
Let’s Stop Languishing And Start Flourishing
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Author of the book “Flow-state”.
It’s time to find your rhythm again, here are some happy hacks to put you in reach of that much needed ‘flow state’:
1. Assess Yourself
- Do you feel ready to start the day when you wake up or would you prefer to hit snooze and go back to sleep?
- How satisfied are you with your day to day life?
- Do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
- Are you content with your friends and relationships?
Take the quiz from NY Times to find out where you’re at.
2. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
The sofa has no doubt been your comfort zone for the majority of the pandemic . Doing something slightly beyond your comfort zone and skill level can lead to feeling reinvigorated and reenergised. Make sure it’s challenging, but not too hard.
3. Create Goals
Goals can bring back that all important flow. They provide us with a sense of purpose, discipline and accomplishment.
4. Master Something…Anything
Bring back that positive state of mind! Drown out distractions and focus your efforts into mastering something. This can be anything from sport to an instrument or a work task. Deep levels of concentration is the perfect way to block out distractions.
5. Stay Hydrated
Essential and often overlooked. Staying hydrated is incredibly important to our mental health and well being. Did you know the brain consists of 75% of water? It would make sense that we experience immediate side effects without this fuel.
6. Keep Up The Tempo of Your Flow With Music
Music is said to enhance your focus, improve mental health, and boost self-esteem and confidence. The right kind of music can benefit your flow, in particular repetitive music such as techno, classical or trance.
7. Optimise Your Breathing
Promote deeper breathing techniques by improving your posture. Taking in deeper breaths can calm your mind and nervous system. It can also energise you at the same time!
8. Log a Diary
If you have enjoyed a recent sporting activity such as a gym session, bike ride or a run, take note of the conditions, and what was going on at that moment in time. Noting down these specific conditions can be beneficial to your mind, especially in times where you feel in full flow, it can help you to replicate this feeling again and again in the future.
9. Your Dreams Rely on Your Sleep
Do not underestimate the power of sleep. Sleep deprivation has a strong impact on mental and behavioural states associated with the maintenance of flow and well-being. Make sleep a habit and a priority, you may have heard the term “a good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything”, they couldn’t be more apt.
10. Find Time For Nature
Being outdoors has huge benefits to your mental health and been proven to reduce stress. Enjoy the great outdoors and reap the rewards!
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