The American fear of missing out, or FOMO, can be quite serious. It may depress us, make us feel like we’re not good enough and that we’ll never get what we most desire.
Social media can heighten our insecurities and feelings of jealousy because we may feel that we aren’t doing as cool of things as other people. It is our FOMO that leads us to go on social media sites and not the other way around. You don’t have to get rid of your Facebook to get rid of your FOMO, but you do need to realize that there is no reason you can’t have what you are envious of others having.
So how do we get rid of our FOMO? It’s important to realize that these are irrational beliefs and in order to get what we want in life, we have to believe that it is possible. If you deeply yearn for a romantic partner, the first step is to believe that you can have one. Here are some expert tips to release you from your FOMO:
1. Have Some Me-Time
Johnny Lops, a Brooklyn-based psychiatrist, suggests taking about a three hour break for alone time as it can be very effective in helping to release some of our FOMO. Take a yoga class, read a book, or go for a run. These activities can help us to get out of our minds and our tendency to go to dark places. You can’t be missing out when you are doing the things you see your friends posting about!
2. Live In The Moment
Take a few deep breaths and realize that where you are in this moment is where you are supposed to be, and it’s perfect. Try to let go of past hurts, regrets and blame and focus on what is going on right now. Try to reflect on moments where you thought you made mistakes, but those mistakes actually improved your life and made way to something better. Trust that even if you missed out on something in the past, if it’s meant to be, it will come back to you in an even better way.
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