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How to Move Beyond Languishing & Get Inspired Again

Have you been feeling like your creative process has stalled and the well is running dry? If you have found yourself feeling uninspired and unmotivated, know that you are not alone. Psychologists and therapists have been seeing a surge of clients experiencing this grey area of malaise. This phenomenon was discussed by organizational psychologist Adam Grant on TEDx and elsewhere in 2020 and 2021. Feeling stuck can happen to anyone, even when we’re doing what we love. When you add on isolation, a long-term and indefinite change in daily routines, and a potential loss of connection to your social network, the issue is exacerbated. Whether it’s an emotional or creative block, there are ways to move beyond languishing for better mental health and get inspired again. Let’s explore some of those ways together! 

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4 Tips to Get Inspired & Motivated for a New Year

In the winter months when the days are short, feeling uninspired is common. You can find yourself in a rut that may be hard to break. But, the New Year is also a perfect time to find new motivation to change old habits, get projects accomplished, and reach new goals. If you have the motivation for little things, like eating and going to work, then you can build that inspiration to help you get other things done. Here are some tips on getting motivated that are backed by science and psychologists. Motivation starts with a simple desire, and then builds momentum with intrinsic or extrinsic forces, such as rewards and gratification.
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Finding Help for Emotional Abandonment

Healthy human development requires physical and emotional care, and if these needs are unmet, the result can lead to feelings of abandonment.

The psychology of abandonment stems from experiences or perceived experiences of ongoing loss during the childhood years. Growing up without feeling protected physically or emotionally can create intense fear that is often internalized, leading to feelings of shame. This may lead to children who grow up more inclined to feel “unimportant”, less valued (regardless of positive feedback to suggest the opposite is true), and more inclined to be reactive to what they perceive as threatening both personally and professionally. Fears of abandonment rooted in childhood experience do impact future relationships, including intimate, social, and professional.
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