Navigating Post-Success Blues
Success is often portrayed as the pinnacle of human endeavor, a triumph that promises the sweet taste of accomplishment and fulfillment. Yet, beneath its surface lurks an unsettling phenomenon — the Post-Success Blues. This bewildering emotional state can catch even the most accomplished individuals off guard, leaving them perplexed by the bitter taste of dissatisfaction that ensues after attainment of goals.
Reaching a goal that you’ve tirelessly worked for is undoubtedly a reason to celebrate. However, at times an unexpected void can materialize in the aftermath. This paradox of emotions can leave you wondering how something as positive as success can manifest into unexpected feelings of negativity?
The answer lies in a confluence of psychological and societal factors that underline the complexity of human emotions. In this article we discuss a few factors that trigger post-success blues and ways to overcome and reclaim your sense of fulfillment.
Factors that lead to post-success blues
Sadly, in today’s competitive world success is often measured in comparison to others’ achievements. This habit of comparing often leads to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction.
Fear of the unknown
The pursuit of a goal keeps you busy and occupied with a set routine. Once you achieve your goal, you find yourself suddenly off routine and bored, and anxious about ‘what next’ in future.
Sometimes our expectations about the emotional rewards of success are far from reality. We assume a great achievement will bring unending happiness, only to discover that it doesn’t banish personal life’s challenges.
Bouncing back from the blues
Fortunately, even though post-success blues are a common phenomenon, there are effective strategies to sail through this emotional terrain.
Reflect and celebrate
Reflect and take pride in the journey that led you to your success and most importantly refrain from comparing your achievements to those of others. Celebrate the progress you’ve made, the learning and the growth you’ve experienced.
Focus on new goals
Redirect and focus your energy on new goals that align with your future aspirations. Focusing on future goals and keeping expectations realistic offers a renewed sense of purpose and direction in life.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the opportunities and accomplishments so far. Focusing on the positives and counting your blessings helps counter feelings of bitterness and pessimism.
Indulge in a self-care regime to nourish your physical and mental well-being. Also, engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation counteract negative emotions.
Volunteer to help others
Use your experience and expertise to mentor or support those working towards similar goals. Contributing to others’ success is a satiating and fulfilling role, that’ll also help you overcome the void and make you feel happy.
Surround yourself with supportive friends or family members and if you’re struggling to cope don’t hesitate to seek help from a psychological expert. Talking through your feelings will provide clarity and alleviate turmoil.
Lastly remember life has its twists and turns, and even your biggest wins may not always bring the unadulterated happiness you desire. You need to navigate this complexity of emotions with resilience and grace.
Hiral Badiyani, Content Writer, emQube