I doubt there’s a single person in the world who hasn’t discovered the negative impacts of #FOMO. FOMO (fear of missing out) is a very real thing that afflicts everyone from children to adults. As a student with almost no social life (I wish I was kidding), here’s my ‘expert’ opinion on how to cope.
Having FOMO puts you in a very vulnerable position. Insecurity about social standing often leads people to make bad health decisions that put social life above everything else. I have a friend who never refuses an invitation because she hates missing out on anything. I can definitely relate. There have been times that I’ve been so worried about missing out that I spend the whole week out and rarely see my family.
However, I have slowly got over this fear. Yes, it is possible. And no, it doesn’t mean I’ve become a ‘loner’. I love my friends but there are days I love my bed more. These days, unless I really want to hang out with my friends or do a certain activity, I go through a checklist in my head so as to make a decision without FOMO hanging over my head.
- Do I have better things to do like: catch up on tv shows, read the rest of that thousand page book, eat, grab coffee with another friend and lastly if you’re desperate, study?
- If I do go, will I enjoy myself or will I be worried about that assignment I have to stay up completing?
- Do I actually want to hang out with my friends or am I just scared that I won’t have friends if I don’t hang out with them? Which leads me to…
- Will I still have friends if I don’t go out this one time? The answer is YES! You’re friends with them for a reason. They’ll be understanding and they’ll welcome you the next time around. Don’t be worried about missing out on anything amazing because nothing amazing ever happens when you’re not there…just saying!
So be confident and know when to say no. Saying no to things doesn’t make you a loser, it makes you a person who knows what they want and need from life. Go get ’em tiger!
What do you do when FOMO strikes? Let us know in the comments below!
Until next time,