FOMO, fear of missing out, is “the uneasy and sometimes all consuming feeling that you’re missing out that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you.” For example, FOMO is booking a vacation with your friends because they’re all going and you’re afraid of missing out even thought you won’t go otherwise.
If this example sound familiar, you might have be suffering from FOMO. The good news is that it’s possible to manage your FOMO. My prescription is as follows:
- Admit you have FOMO. Before you can fix any bad habit, you have to admit you have an issue with the bad habit. This is not different with the fear of missing out.
- Take a break from social media. Social media can be a fun distraction. But taken to extremes it is all about FOMO. You see what other people have and what they are doing and you want the same. Avoid this trap.
- Change. Rather than feeling bad about missing something, take joy in what you have and what you do. Be grateful, be happy, be satisfied with what you have rather than what you don’t.
- Mindfulness. Live in the moment. Being more mindful helps you appreciate the present moment instead of wishing you were somewhere else. Be willing to accept your current surroundings, and make an active decision to enjoy the people and things around you.
- Cultivate a sense of gratitude. Instead of desiring stuff you wish you had, practice being grateful for the blessings you currently have. Start by keeping a gratitude journal.
- Know what is important. Prioritise, Prioritise & Prioritise. When you know what’s valuable to you, you are less likely to feel envious about other people’s successes because you have your own goals or a bucket list that you are working on.
- Enjoy the journey. Focus on life enhancing experiences rather than possessions or symbols of success. At the end of your life, which do you thing you will remember more, the experience that you did have, or the feelings of regret or possibly being left out from something you missed?
The question is will we ever settle for what we have, rather than cling to the fear that we may be missing out on something better?