‘Meh’, defined as “expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm”, describes perfectly the state of limbo between not being sad but not being happy either. It represents a state of lethargy or emptiness that’s difficult to shake but isn’t so bad that it renders you unable to get out of bed in the same way depression can.
This feeling can stem from anything, from feeling uninspired at work or feeling like you aren’t enough. Mind coach Anna Williamson says that feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of information, be it Instagram, the news or constant requests from your boss can result in a feeling of inner emptiness.
“Burnout is a key cause for this in-between feeling,” Williamson. “We mustn’t be quick to self-diagnose when in actual fact a lot of people just need to make the small tweaks and changes. Reduce time spent on social media and technology, and spend more time with people face-to-face, doing exercise, and getting outdoors.”
This article first appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK
With building pressures from social media, it’s easy to fall into the self-doubt trap. Scrolling through your Instagram feed and seeing post after post of cool parties, elaborate dinners and once-in-a-lifetime holidays can leave you feeling ‘meh’ as if your life isn’t as noteworthy or interesting as those seen through an on-screen filter.
“When it comes to the shift in perspective, it’s really important to try and keep a level head,” says Katherine Ormerod, fashion influencer and author of. “In the past, I have posted gorgeous, aspirational pictures to social media, while behind the scenes my life has been falling apart. I’ve smiled on the same days when I’ve been in hysterical tears. I’ve looked glossy and successful when my husband had just left me or I’d been made redundant. What you see is not always, or even often, what you get.”