According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the leading cause of burden in every country by 2030. But, according to Keyes, it should not be the case.
“That’s a prediction that doesn’t have to come true if we change the way we approach the problem of mental illness and stop trying to treat our way out of it,” he said.
Languishing: How Can You Address It
Grant says a concept known as “flow” could potentially be the antidote to this particular feeling. Flow refers to the elusive state of total immersion in a meaningful challenge or a brief bond. It enables a person to dissolve the sense of time, place, and even the self.
In the initial stages of the pandemic, it is flow, not optimism nor mindfulness, that became the best predictor of well-being. According to psychological research, there are six core elements of psychological well-being. These elements determine where you rank in terms of the mental health continuum:
- Healthy relationships
- Personal growth
- Purpose in life
University of New England Associate Professor of Psychology John Malouff shared some practical tips to address the languish feeling:
- Give yourself some credit for all your accomplishments.
- Find something meaningful to pursue that is in alignment with your core values and start doing it.
- Make small but gradual changes in life and celebrate even the smallest of victories.