In the age of social media, it is easier than ever to see all that you could be missing out on. We may even say yes to events that would be inconvenient for us just so that we don’t feel left out. We believe you should value your time more, so we’ve compiled a list to help you take control of your FOMO.
Realise social media only shows you the highlight reels:
No one is having an exciting time, all the time. Perhaps when you’re at a certain event, some of your other friends are staying home. Other times you will be at home while some of your friends are out. We tend to only show the best of our lives on social media. You don’t get to see that your friends are also in bed scrolling through Netflix some days. Your life is likely just as exciting as others, you just don’t realise it.
Realise you cannot do everything:
Things will always be happening without you. You cannot be everywhere at once and that is okay. In fact, those that are always at social events are probably the ones with the biggest FOMO which will inevitably leave them feeling burnt out. Remember that you win some and lose some in life.
Remember it is ok to stay in:
Sometimes we would rather stay in but feelings of missing out make us feel guilty for making that choice. You don’t want to sacrifice your wellbeing or responsibilities just because of FOMO. If you have a paper to finish or parental responsibilities – or even if you just want to catch up on the latest episode of your favourite show – give yourself permission to do these things without guilt. Matter of fact, if you were out you would just be regretting not taking care of yourself and your responsibilities.
Be Happy For Others:
One of the main causes of FOMO is a feeling of jealousy. You wonder why you’re not the one having an enjoyable time. You can counter this feeling by being happy that others are having a good time. Next time you see your friends, ask them about how the event was.
Step away from social media:
Schedule events for yourself:
If you’re missing out on events, just schedule your own for a time that’s suitable for you! Making our own plans allows us to do things on our own terms and allows us to have a better time than we might have attending someone else’s get together. If this is also impossible, just make sure you take some time out of your schedule to take care of yourself. Do something small but nice for yourself.