Have you ever heard of FOMO? FOMO is known as the fear of miss out. Many young individuals experience FOMO on a daily basis. If you get FOMO, it can push you to have unhealthy practices in your life impacting your self-esteem and mental health.
Turn FOMO into JOMO. JOMO is the opposite of FOMO. JOMO is the joy of miss out. It is the practice of being present in the moment and being content with where you are in life. Those who experience JOMO find they don’t feel the need to compare themselves to others. JOMO allows you to live your life without judgement and with a focus on you. To be present during the moment is the key to finding happiness within yourself. JOMO will let you find that and here is how you can easily have JOMO in your life.
1. Be Intentional With Your Time
Don’t bombard or overflow your schedule. Schedule things for your day and your week that are important to you. These are things you want to get done during the day. Don’t waste your time worrying about what others are doing and make your time the priority. No matter whether it is workouts, food preparation, meeting a friend for coffee, sitting on the couch, reading a book or writing a book, make time for it.
2. Live In The Present
Don’t go through life without cherishing moments and treating yourself. If you are having a long, tired or bad day, treat yourself to a relaxing evening. If you have received wonderful news, take a moment to celebrate it. If you feel as if you are in competition with others and experiencing major FOMO, you need to consider why you are feeling that way.
3. Enforce Tech-Free Time In Your Life
Social media is a real cause of FOMO. One way to change from FOMO to JOMO is to unfollow individuals and unsubscribe from social media accounts that can trigger your FOMO. Another way is to set limits on how long you spend on social media or change your preferences to only being able to access social media at home. Apple has created a great application called Screen Time that can limit and keep tracking of how much time you spend on your phone.
4. Don’t Feel Afraid To Say ‘No’
Practice saying ‘No’. Sometimes saying ‘Yes’ to everything in the fear of missing out on an event can be tiring. People will appreciate you being upfront and honest about not coming, then end up overcommitting or flaking on the commitment. The best kind of self-love and self-care you can give yourself sometimes is saying ‘No’. It will take practice and is a process, but you will feel great for doing so.
5. Embrace Where You Are
Some methods work for some people and the same methods may not work for others. Unsubscribing from social media accounts and mailing lists can trigger FOMO in some people. Follow a fitness program can either be a bonding experience or end up with you feeling cranky. Keep doing what works for you. Tired after a busy week? Enjoy a Friday night at home, eating leftovers and falling asleep on the couch if that is what you want to do.