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How to Overcome FOMO by Embracing Your Own Life

Posted on 11. Jan, 2016 by in Therapy

FOMO, or the Fear of Missing out, refers to the extreme anxiety you feel when you believe others are having fulfilling experiences that you are missing out on. This fear is often exacerbated by social media; when you see your friends posting pictures of parties they are attending, it can lead you to believe you are missing out on a great opportunity. Here are a few tips to help you overcome your FOMO.

 

Accept the Truth

 

Awareness and acceptance are the first steps to bringing your FOMO under control. If you are in denial about the issue, you will not take the proper steps to help it. However, do not beat yourself up about your feelings. Anxiety over potential missed opportunities is a natural human reaction, and you should not feel ashamed.

 

It is impossible for you to attend every event and experience everything there is to be experienced. Realizing and accepting this is a huge step to contentment. After that, you can focus on the things that truly matter to you.

 

Stop and Smell the Roses

 

Third of all, you should learn to live in the moment. This is easier said than done, but when you master this step, you will find more peace of mind. Instead of rushing through the moment in hopes of finding your next thrill, enjoy every moment as it comes. If you are sitting at home eating your favorite junk food and watching your favorite TV show, relish the fact that you are able to relax.

 

Power Down

 

Since social media can act as a catalyst for the FOMO feelings, you should limit your time spent on them. Obsessing over every post made leads to more anxiety, instead of allowing you to enjoy whatever it is you are doing at the moment. If those pervasive thoughts of missed opportunities start invading your mind, do not hesitate to turn your phone and computer off.

 

Thankfully, FOMO does not have to control your life. Realizing what is important to you and focusing on those things instead of the meaningless posts on Facebook and Twitter will lead you to a more meaningful existence.

 

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