Why Do I Feel So… Meh?
We all see Wonder Woman kicking butt and taking names. She’s awe-inspiring and confident. She gets in, does her job with a perfectly applied smile, and gets out. But, what is she like at home? Does saving the world day after day ever get old?
According to research, it absolutely does. It has long been accepted that women shoulder the brunt of “second shift” work at home. They may work full time, then come home and still be expected to perform most domestic and caregiving tasks at a notably skewed ratio to their male counterparts. Therefore, while the home may be a safe-haven for men to relax and recover, it is often a source of yet more work for women. The resulting burnout can lead to physical exhaustion, loss of creativity, and disengagement. Wonder Woman’s lasso gradually glows dimmer and her superhuman strength becomes much more… human. All that giving, providing, and performing has left her cup empty and though she may not be clinically depressed, she is certainly not thriving.
In other words, as the lines between work and home remain blurred and the pressures of each continue to weigh heavily, women may find themselves languishing. Trapped somewhere between flourishing and depression, languishing can be seen as a general lack of well being and it’s affecting more women than ever.