Languishing - the dominant emotion of 2021

Has anyone else been just a bit meh lately. Not bad enough to warrant a trip to the doctor or the therapist. Not depressed exactly or even anxious.

It feels weird to say that we lack focus, that we seem to be procrastinating a little more than we should, our ‘energy’ is heavy and many of us are just feeling just a bit aimless? But judging from the feedback I receive from our lovely virtual hobby groups participants. It seems we are…more than a bit blah.

Then, this week the word ‘languishing’ popped up on my radar.

First an insta post by a colleague on Monday caught my eye, next June Lu wrote about it for Life Hacker and then this morning the ABC News were discussing this new affliction.  It’s called ‘languishing’, is skewed more towards females and as reported in the New York Times, is “the dominant emotion of 2021”.  

According to organisational psychologist Adam Grant, “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.”

Part of what Connected Au aims to do is to stymie those feelings of stagnation and emptiness. Especially the hobby groups where we create a little bit of structure each week for our participants via facilitating projects that bring joy. Like cooking, and gardening. Others love our book club and our wellbeing groups.

These are small steps but as one of our participants said on our zoom call yesterday “Connected AU has given me hope and meaningful over the last year. The book club is motivation for me to get back into the things I love”.

If any of the above resonates. Please reach out. Know you are not alone and we are here to help you rediscover your enthusiasm and energy that seems to have gone walkabout for pretty much most of us over the last 12 months.