“That Lockdown Blah you’re Feeling? It’s Called Languishing” by Sue Spiller, Sobus CEO

With the “roadmap” out of the Coronavirus lockdown looking pretty much on track, and occasional glimpses of Spring around us (despite a few recent days of cold wet weather), we should perhaps now be feeling much more optimistic and excited about the year ahead – but this doesn’t seem to be the case for many.

We all know that the last year has been tough, particularly on people’s mental wellbeing.  Prescribing of anti-depressants and referrals to counselling services have massively increased – but there’s something else lurking – a lack of motivation, an absence of optimism and excitement perhaps?

I came across an interesting article in the Irish Times, exploring the concept of “languishing”:

 “Friends mentioned that they were having trouble concentrating. Colleagues reported that, even with vaccines on the horizon, they weren’t excited about 2021. A family member was staying up late to watch National Treasure again even though she knows the movie by heart. And instead of bouncing out of bed each morning I was lying there for an hour, playing Words with Friends.

 It wasn’t burnout – we still had energy. It wasn’t depression – we didn’t feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. It turns out there’s a name for that: languishing.

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 windscreen.”

For the full article, and tips on how to combat that feeling of “languishing”, click here