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How to embrace the joy of missing out

  1. Reflect. Review how you currently spend your time. Which activities are driven by others, as opposed to being intentional?
  2. Disconnect. Take the time to turn off your phone and spend time alone with your thoughts. Read a book, go for a walk, work out, whatever makes you feel good.
  3. Reconnect. Both with yourself and with the people you care about. Spending time in a meaningful way will help you stop worrying about how others spend their time.

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“Opting out and saying no”, he writes, are skills we lack “both as individuals and as a society.”

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What is FOMO?

FOMO was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 and defined as the “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.”

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Embrace JOMO

Instead of yielding to the social pressure to be at the right place with the right people, and comparing our lives to others, we should practice tuning out the background noise and becoming intentional with our time.

While other people spend their time running around to watch the latest mov...

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What causes your fear of missing out

While research has found that FOMO is, at its core, caused by a low life satisfaction, with low moods and the feeling that your needs aren’t met, there are some specific factors that have a direct impact ...

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“Oh the joy of missing out. 

When the world begins to shout

And rush towards that shining thing;

The latest bit of mental bling–

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FOMO, or fear of missing out. It’s especially prevalent among people who spend quite a bit of time online. With the ability to easily see what everyone is doing all the time comes the curse of knowing exactly what we may be missing out on. Associated with a fear of regret, FOMO is the apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which you are absent.

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Principles To Remember

Do:

  • Redefine personal success to be more about high-quality relationships, community engagement, and physical and spiritual wellness.
  • Be intentional about how you choose to spend your time and with whom you spend it.
  • Try mindfulness.

Don’t:

  • Go it ...

Practical ways of managing loneliness

  • Reconnect with the world around you - Making the most out of social contact
  • Spend meaningful time alone - this will develop your ability to manage time spent on your own.
  • Do regular physical activity.
  • Join a club, group or voluntary organiz...

How to spend time alone

How to spend time alone

If you are thinking of spending some time alone, it is important to do so in ways that are beneficial to your mental well-being.

  • Pick a time: Figure out when you'd like to spend some time alone. 
  • Turn of social media: Work on l...

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