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  • Writer's pictureDr Maike Neuhaus

What languishing feels like

Languishing is a state of chronic low mood and low engagement that can be difficult to put into words. It's not quite the same as depression, but it can be just as draining and disruptive to your life.


If you're experiencing languishing, you may feel stuck, unfulfilled, or disconnected from your life.


To give you a better idea of whether you're languishing or not, here are some common signs and symptoms. You can also take this free test to find out.


What languishing feels like
What languishing feels like

Lack of motivation or energy

If you're languishing, you may struggle to find the energy or motivation to engage in activities you normally enjoy. You may feel sluggish or unmotivated and may have a hard time getting things done.


Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Languishing can also affect your cognitive abilities, making it difficult to concentrate or make decisions. You may feel scatterbrained or indecisive and may have a hard time focusing on tasks or projects.


Low self-esteem and self-worth

Languishing can also take a toll on your self-esteem and self-worth. You may feel like you're not good enough or that you don't have anything to offer, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy and insecurity.


Lack of enjoyment or pleasure

One of the most common symptoms of languishing is a lack of enjoyment or pleasure in life. You may feel like everything is just "meh," and that you're not getting much out of your activities or relationships.


Emotional detachment or numbness

Languishing can also cause you to feel emotionally detached or numb. You may feel disconnected from your emotions or from the people and events around you, which can make it difficult to connect with others or find meaning in your life.


Physical symptoms

Languishing can also manifest as physical symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, or changes in appetite. You may feel physically drained or have a hard time taking care of yourself.


If you're experiencing these symptoms and they're causing significant distress or disruption to your life, it may be helpful to seek the guidance of a positive psychology practitioner or coach or mental health professional with training in positive psychology.


They can help you explore the root causes of your feelings and develop coping strategies to move forward. Remember that it's always okay to ask for help, and there's never any shame in seeking support to overcome languishing and find greater happiness and fulfilment in your life.

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