What is Languishing?
Languishing by definition is not a mental illness or disorder. It is a series of emotions. It circumscribes a sense of stagnation, monotony, and emptiness. COVID-19 pandemic leads many people to experience this sort of way. But we need to normalize mental health so that languishing would not lead to depression or any other clinical mental disorder. There are some steps to take into account to forestall languishing at work and in your life.
How to stop languishing?
1. Let your mind Flow It is the antidote to languishing. Flow is an elusive state of absorption of meaningful challenge or momentary bond, where the sense of time, space, and self melts away. It is a very good predictor of well-being on top of optimism and mindfulness. Those who were immersed in their work or projects managed to avoid languishing and maintained their happiness.
There are some activities that catapult you into the flow. Early morning worship, then an early morning exercise. Late evening prayer and worship or late evening binge viewing of movies.
2. Consider new challenges, new hobbies, new work, new experiences that are possible remedies for languishing. It is where can focus on your passion. Interruptions stop the flow. Before the pandemic, workers are reporting to many bosses, catching up on children’s school activities, collaborating with many colleagues and so much more. Bosses tend to give instructions every now and then. Instructions and actions are sometimes fragmented which leads to a lack of engagement and can’t achieve excellence.
3. Have some uninterrupted time for yourself. Quiet time is needed in order to focus. It is the time when you can reflect, rediscover, relate to what you are doing. Setting boundaries is necessary. A quiet time for designers for example on Mon, Wed, and Fri from 1-5 allows them to focus on their designs. Let your company set the official quiet time for each of the team assignments. Tuesday and Thursday may be assigned for meetings and testing new ideas or discussing new projects. By this arrangement, you can expect high productivity which leads to a sense of happiness for the fulfillment of work.
4. Focus and work on small goals first. We need to transcend from pandemic loss to manage small wins first. Try working first with an easy task and then progress until you can work with the difficult one. The easy task clears the path to resolve and manage the degree of difficulty. Let your ideas flow through the challenges you encounter on each level. Carve out to focus on activities that matter most such as a new project, dining out with colleagues, sponsoring an event, and many more.
5. Schedule your activities well. Do not let your passion drive you out by having no time for it. Schedule your work and activities clearly so you don’t miss anything important. You can make an electronic scheduler or you simply provide a notebook that jots down your schedule for the day/week and month. For Work from home (WFH) workers, the company may provide scheduler application software such as Click Up that assigns tasks and sets due dates for people assigned to the task. By these, the flow of work is smooth and uninterrupted.
These are only a few tips to follow on how to stop languishing at work and in your life. By these steps, workers and individuals alike will not be languishing in their heads as a result of present circumstances. By acknowledging that many of us are languishing, we can stop giving voice to despair and start giving light to hope that lights the path out of the void. By simply following the few tips above we can stop languishing at work and in our lives and let our life flourish.