|Posted by Ally Palmer under Uncategorized|
Fear of Missing Out, also known as FOMO, affects everyone at some point in their life. Usually it affects teens and twenty-somethings, but can certainly continue throughout one’s’ life.
As a mom of two elementary aged kids, there’s one thing I know for sure: They don’t want to miss out on anything. They want to know who called, texted or rang the doorbell – who did what and why.
For some, FOMO can be that constant nagging voice in your head that pressures you to constantly say yes to every opportunity or invitation that comes your way. After all, YOLO (you only live once) right?
For others, Social Media, like Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can be enough to drive someone into a FOMO frenzy. Smartphones feed our FOMO and vice versa. Just about anywhere you go, you’ll find people on their phones checking their feeds because, you guessed it – they don’t want to miss out.
Being driven by FOMO can be positive if it’s what gives you that extra push you need to go after something you’ve always wanted to do. But when it becomes your M.O. in all endeavors, it becomes a vicious cycle. Satisfaction becomes fleeting, life becomes a hamster wheel where we’re always looking for the next thing and not fully enjoying and appreciating what we have in the moment.
How to Deal with FOMO
*Be okay with “boring”: Being bored can stimulate your creative juices and give you time to decompress from all the craziness going on in the world
*Accept this moment in whatever form it takes: I love this quote by Eckhart Tolle, “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”
*Take a break from social media: Several studies suggest that people who frequent Facebook feel sad, lonely and dissatisfied with their lives. Don’t compare your inside to someone else’s outside.
Each moment we have a choice on what we’re going to focus on. While FOMO has us focusing on what’s missing we can choose instead to cherish and honor what we do have.
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