Mental Health Resources for When You’re Languishing
Practical resources for one not just to survive, but thrive
The past year has pacified our appetite for life. There’s a word for what we’re all feeling right now; we’re living but not exactly flourishing; drifting but towards the unknown. The latest buzzword—highlighted by a viral New York Times op-ed—is “languishing.” Psychologist Adam Grant encapsulates it as “a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield.”
There is hardly any distinction between work and leisure with this current work from home set-up. One is easily exhausted from any form of social activity, whether that’s virtual or involves going outdoors. You’re not exactly depressed, but hardly have any motivation to carry on with your day.
Having a word for what we’re collectively grappling with won’t exactly cure it, but there is power in having a name for it. For Mental Health Month this May, we’re feeling our feelings unabashedly, acknowledging rather than suppressing it. With it, we’re highlighting resources to foster new habits and practices to nurture our mental health and wellness.
Want to log your mental health and mood in real time? Discover a vast library of courses and exercises to help your journey toward emotional well-being. Developed by clinical psychologists, MindDoc was created “for those who want to learn about emotional well-being or who suffer from mild-to-moderate mental illness including depression, anxiety, insomnia and eating disorders.” Through the app, you’ll be able to recognize behavioral patterns and find the best resources for you.
Install MindDoc on your smartphone here.
Good News by Good Good Good
Are you doomscrolling? After such a trainwreck of a year, it’s easy to feel cynical. If you’re on your smartphone scrolling relentlessly for news that brings gloom and doom, it’s time to take a step back. Mindful scrolling does wonders for the soul!
There’s merit in taking sacred time and space to intentionally fill our minds with good things, but that doesn’t exactly mean turning a blind eye to reality by being ignorant. We just need healthy breaks from time to time. Celebrate and do good with Good News by Good Good Good! Receive five good news stories in your inbox every Tuesday morning by subscribing to Good Good Good, ensuring you find hope every week amid such hopeless times.
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Elemental by Medium
Free your mind with Elemental, a health and wellness publication by Medium, which is an open platform for writers all over. Here you’ll find “science-backed health and wellness coverage” every day. It’s your life, sourced by science. Live a healthy life by nurturing your mental health and wellness with the aid of ambitious and trustworthy reporting.
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The Science of Well-Being by Coursera
If actually learning about mental health allows you to process your state, Coursera offers a free course online called The Science of Well-Being by Yale University. Led by Professor of Psychology, Laurie Santos, who reveals “misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change.” Be able to engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your personal happiness and, in time, build more productive habits.
Take The Science of Well-Being here.
Supporting Your Mental Health While Working From Home by LinkedIn Learning
We may have been working from home for more than a year, but it doesn’t really get easier. Sure there are advantages, but this set-up can also be so detrimental to one’s mental health. Through LinkedIn Learning, get the help of neuroscience expert and author, Amy Brann, who can help one adjust to this new normal by “training your brain to overcome disruptions and distractions, accept and get real about your emotions, reframe your expectations and preserve your relationships.” She uses the latest insights from neuroscience and shares nontechnical, practical guidance for not just surviving, but thriving as you work from home.
Take Supporting Your Mental Health While Working From Home here.
Whether we know it or not, at some point we’ve had our own experience with languishing amid the grief and turmoil the pandemic has brought. While these free mental health resources may be helpful, we’re noting that nothing beats one-on-one therapy.
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