How often have you seen something posted on social media that just hit your funny bone and turned your spirits upside down? Laughter, smiles, watching or participating in happy moments have the capability to lift your spirits and “chase the blues away.” For me, I can crank up my old high school or college tunes, start dancing, and the bubble of “the blahs” pops.
“The blahs” may not be a technical term, but it certainly is a reality — especially after a long, trying school year. It can affect your work and your ability to feel joy. It can cause:
You may have heard of the term languishing. It fits right into what we are talking about. The American Psychological Association describes languishing as the condition of absence of mental health, characterized by apathy, listlessness, and loss of interest in life. Languishing is not to be confused with depression and burnout. They differ in cause and severity. On the other end of the spectrum is flourishing and experiencing engagement and joy in your life. Dr. Lynn Soots, a psychologist whose research focuses on a positive learning environment, emphasizes that flourishing isn’t a static trait or something that “you either have or you don’t.” It can be learned — or even better, practiced. The more effort you put into it, the more you’ll flourish. (Are you languishing? Here’s how to regain your sense of purpose.)
If you are experiencing “the blahs” or feeling drained at this moment, you may feel like this is an unbeatable wellbeing challenge but read on. I have done some research, and will highlight ideas and studies that I hope can make today what it can be.
I hope just reading this article has lifted your mood and/or brought you a laugh. I know researching happiness and positivity certainly helped my day flourish. Have a happy and healthy summer, teachers. You deserve it.
Helen Cox lives at the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains and has enjoyed 10 years with Imagine Learning. As a Wellbeing Specialist she promotes financial, mental/emotional, physical and social wellbeing among her fellow employees. Away from work she enjoys all things outside: hiking, gardening, camping, and even just sitting on her swing taking in the views.