FOMO is an acronym for Fear Of Missing Out. It is an intense feeling of anxiety that an exciting or interesting event is happening somewhere else without you. This anxious feeling is most often caused by social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat and Instagram, but can also be initiated by a in-person conversation, text, phone call or email.
With today’s technology, we are more connected to those around us than ever before. We see every picture someone’ takes on their amazing vacation, the videos of that kickass concert, and every event invite everyone is receiving. It can be so difficult to not feel like you’re missing out on something with the whirlwind of activity around you.
It can make you question if you’re in the right job, following the right path, living in the right place. It can make you second guess your relationship, your favourite activities, which sports teams you support. FOMO can make you feel overwhelmed, inadequate and dissatisfied with yourself and your life. So how do we avoid all these negative emotions?
REMIND YOURSELF OF REALITY.
Remember that all those amazing vacay pics you saw on Instagram aren’t someone’s everyday life. It is so important to not compare your behind the scenes with someone else’s highlight reel. Limit your exposure to social media. Unfriend or Unfollow accounts that consistently make you feel bad about yourself. If you feel yourself getting lost in all the new and exciting things being posted on social media…. unplug.
CREATE A VISION BOARD
A vision board could help you focus your dreams, thoughts and feelings. By having your own highlight reel, you can counteract FOMO by reminding yourself that what they’re doing looks great, but it’s not what you want. BUT if it is something you want, just add it to your board! This will reduce the anxiety and jealousy you may be feeling.
Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that refers to a nonjudgmental observation or awareness that is focused on the present experience. Try this mindfulness immersion exercise: Take a boring daily activity like washing the dishes and try to sense the muscles you use to wash, the scent of the soap, and the feeling of bubbles between your fingers. Rather than multitasking or hurrying up this task to get on to the next one, appreciate your current state of being. Mindfulness can help those with major FOMO enjoy what they are doing in the here and now, instead of yearning for what else could be.
FOMO is not fun to experience, but taking these small steps can alleviate the intensity and frequency of FOMO. Live your life without asking what if. Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
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