Do you feel helpless?
This month Professional and Personal Wellness has focused on Mental Health for the monthly topic. Make sure you check out the Newsletter and the monthly educational presentation for excellent information regarding Depression.
What I would like to talk about is a condition called “learned helplessness”. Learned helpless is defined as the general belief that one has little or no control over their situation. It can result in persistent feelings of powerlessness, and it can be an underlying cause of depression. I see this condition a lot with employees who feel stuck in their job. No matter what they do, they cannot get ahead both financially and career wise. Often I hear: “all I do is work, eat and sleep” with little or no time, energy and money to do anything else. In my mind the worse of the systems of learned helplessness is the feeling of “giving up” and just living life going through the motions!
What can be done? I believe it starts with making small changes. Break the routine, even if it is driving home via a different route. Do something you enjoy every day, even if it is just for a minute or two. Set small obtainable goals to change and monitor them. Try new things, talk to different people.
Learned helplessness did not happen all at once. Learning that you are not helpless will also take time. Small steps over a long time make a huge difference. Consider talk to others or a trained professional.
Helpless is no way to live your life