Eps 27: make sure you're not missing out


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Crystal Barnes

Crystal Barnes

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If you allow FOMO to run your life, then the things you are really missing are simple joys and adventures. Once you learn how to manage FOMO, you will be better off, and feel more equipped to tackle the other things that bring true fulfilment in your life. FOMO may seem hard to combat, but with some practice, we can all become better at avoiding it. In that respect, it helps to know that our attempts to mitigate feelings of FOMO may actually result in behaviors that make them worse.
However, understanding the root of the issue may prove a good first step to conquering it. Social media has amplified FOMO, making it something that we must actively fight against now. Psychological addiction to social media may result in anxiety, which may contribute to FOMO or even pathological Internet usage. Research suggests that the fear of missing out may arise out of discontentment and unhappiness in life, and these feelings may push us toward greater social media usage.
How to Avoid Fears of Missing Out Sometimes, fear of missing out can indicate that you are disengaged with the things that you really value as being important in your life. When you get a clearer sense of who or what is driving your fear of missing out, it may be easier to reframe your relationships around these thoughts and feelings. If you think that you are suffering from feelings of missing out, it can help to turn to a friend or take time to reflect on things that you are grateful for in your life. Fear of missing out is an anxious, sometimes all-consuming, feeling that you are missing out--that your peers are doing, knowing, or possessing something better than you.
Fear Of Missing Out is a form of social anxiety rooted in a belief that others may be having a good time when the individual experiencing anxiety is not. FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a real phenomenon, one that is becoming more prevalent, and it can be significant stressors in ones life. In the business world, Fear Of Missing Out certainly may be one of the factors motivating consumers to make purchases.
Brands are deploying FOMO in their ads and marketing campaigns in order to specifically get consumers feeling like they are missing out if they do not have their products. Within video games, FOMO is also used to describe a similar concern about missing the opportunity to acquire an item or perform an activity within a game that is only available for a limited period of time. FOMO refers to a concern about being unaware of, or missing, information, events, experiences, or decisions that might improve ones life. At its heart, FOMO is driven by a natural desire to ensure one does not miss out on potentially positive outcomes one might be experiencing.
FOMO is not simply a sense that there may be better things that you could be doing right now, it is the sense that you are missing out on something that is critical in a fundamental way that others are experiencing it right now. Consider if that FOMO is driving feelings of overall discontentment with your life, or feelings of uncertainty. Pause momentarily and recognize when you are experiencing feelings of FOMO.
While FOMO is highly related to social media use, it is important to remember that it is a very real, and common, feeling for people of all ages. FOMO can affect people in various situations, most often associated with social media, where fear of missing current or upcoming events causes individuals to repeatedly check their favorite social media platforms. A common example of FOMO is worrying about missing events your friends may attend, this may cause you to continually check social media platforms you both use. High levels of FOMO may not only cause individuals to use social media more often, it may make the experience itself more stressful, especially if a person using social media because of their FOMO feels unpopular or like they are not fitting in.
Detoxing from social media, which may be the reason for the FOMO, may also be a good way to renew ones connection with oneself and the things that one enjoys. One step in conquering FOMO is determining whether the situation or event supports your short-term or long-term goals. If it does not, you are probably better off leaving the social media sites that can cause FOMO, and saying "no". To help others conquer their FOMO, you could encourage them to apply the same concepts that you used to conquer your FOMO, like avoiding things that cause them FOMO, or replacing negative habits that lead to FOMO with more positive ones.
Staying present and doing these things every now and then is beneficial to you, and coming to terms with it all helps you slowly shed the feelings of FOMO. By using the tips mentioned here, youall be helping to make you feel a little calmer, cooler, and collected next time you need to skip out on an activity. Making plans with a good friend, creating a group outing, or doing something social that gets you out and about with friends can be a nice change of pace, and it may help you to push back against the feeling of missing out. If you make an effort to rid yourself of FOMO, you are just missing out on the stress, anxiety, and exhaustion that comes from constant thrill-seeking.
Letting go of FOMO means forsaking the need to keep up, stay on top, and measure up, in favor of allowing yourself to connect with and participate with whatever or whom is in front of you. FOMO-sufferers can find themselves seeking out more and more social lives, consuming ever-increasing amounts of real-time information. FOMO can be described as the fear of missing out - AKA, FOMO.