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If FOMO and social media are stressing you out, it’s time to unplug

Emily Danielisz

In a day and age when we can see more of the world and what everyone else is doing around it, never have we been more aware of what we’re not doing. This has triggered a very serious anxiety disorder known as FOMO, a catchy acronym stemming from the term “fear of missing out.”

Now, there are different kinds of people in the world. There are those who can look at a photo their friend just posted on Facebook of themselves snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and be completely comfortable returning to their nightly television routine. Then there are those who do indeed suffer from FOMO and start contemplating their lives and may even begin to mildly panic as they realize they are not living it to the fullest. Have no fear, FOMO sufferers, there are things that can be done to lift such weight off your shoulders and help you start living life without an ounce of envy.

1. Put down the phone

Turn off the screens. Take a look around you. There is so much going on in the world. So many people doing exciting things that you can be doing too. All it really takes is that slight push you need to give yourself to get up and get out. Ask yourself, do you really want to suffer from FOMO on a day-to-day basis and sit there feeling guilty that you’re not doing more with your life and then get frustrated with yourself because you know you should be? Not that I’m talking from personal feelings or anything… I don’t know about you, but that’s motivation enough for me to get out and experience more of what life has to offer.

2. Find a buddy

If you enjoy exploring by yourself, then by all means do so. Exploring and experiencing things on your own is a very different experience than doing it with friends. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people and a bit more freedom in what you do, as you have only you to please. However, calling up a few friends and getting others involved in your adventure can aid in motivation, as you now have others you’ve committed to.

3. Dig deep

The desire to shake those FOMO feelings really comes from within. Everything will just begin to flow once you take that first step. After that, you can choose where you want to go and what you want to do. Once you start experiencing more in life, that feeling of FOMO will soon start to dissipate. It all comes down to you. You are the change you need to be in your life. Don’t just sit there wishing you were doing all the amazing things you see others doing. You can be doing those things. Use that want and those wishes as motivation to get up and get out.

There’s really not much more to it. It’s as simple as getting yourself up and out the door. Once you start experiencing more in life, you won’t have to worry about those pesky FOMO feelings.

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