Are You Fighting FOMO?
FOMO is a form of social anxiety — a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites.
An envious definition: wishing you had what another person has, which can be a possession, an experience, etc.
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FOMO is not just wondering what other people think of your experiences and choices that you post on social media.
FOMO forms when you begin to compare yourself and your experiences to others and start to actually become scared that you are missing out on something.
One way is to swop FOMO for JOMO, the “joy of missing out.”
More and more, people are realizing that true joy that can come from not caring what other people are doing, not feeling envious and not being afraid that they’re missing out on anything.
So get out there and start living your life, and while you’re at it, practice some JOMO.
The emotion at the root of FOMO is fear. Fear is an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.
For some, FOMO actually becomes very serious and contributes to anxiety and depression. If you are experiencing depression and/or anxiety, seek professional help.
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When you feel FOMO coming on, remind yourself that practically every image you see on practically any screen is likely misleading.
The human experience depicted by the media is never the whole truth — and often an outright lie.
What if we let FOMO mean something else?
Try inventing your own FOMO definition.
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FOMO is the experience of worrying that other people are doing more interesting things than you, have more friends than you, and are just all around living a better and cooler life.
Choosing one path means missing another.
When you feel FOMO coming on, ask yourself if the trigger is really something you wish you were doing yourself, or if the sudden recollection of the great number of choices in life has simply brought on a moment of insecurity about your own.
If it’s the latter, taking a moment to reaffirm your decision is all it takes to chase the FOMO away.
Keep in mind that your FOMO trigger may not relate directly to something you wish you were doing yourself, but can instead point more broadly to something you want to change about your life.
Examine the source of your FOMO before dismissing it; there may be a good reason you feel insecure about your decisions.
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