Three Easy Steps for Overcoming FOMO

FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is something everyone has experienced at one point or another.

We live in a digital world, where we're constantly bombarded by all sorts of media and visual representations of what life should be like.

It's no wonder that we live in constant fear that there is something bigger, better or more exciting that we should be doing.

Whether you've experienced FOMO a few times or every single day, we've got three easy steps that could help you overcome it and focus on the present.

1. Unplug

Although it may seem obvious, getting unplugged is the first and best thing you should do if you're getting an overwhelming feeling of FOMO.

Turn off your cell phone, shut off the TV and put away that laptop. If you really sit and think about it, these devices are the source of your FOMO.

The second you tune into a world other than your own, you start to feel like someone is doing something more interesting or important than you and you start to feel like what you're doing is not enough.

By turning off your devices, you instantly eliminate any chance of getting tricked into thinking you're missing out.

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2. Practice Taking It Easy

To fully get over your fear, you must understand that it is okay not to always have a million plans.

Get comfortable with the idea of staying in for a night—you don't need to be doing something 24/7.

Once you get used to the idea of having a chill night in, it will become easier and easier for you to relax, unwind and stop thinking about what you could be doing instead. Although having fun, exciting plans is always a plus, it's important that you have the calm nights so you can appreciate the special occasions more.

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3. Be More Mindful

If you're constantly worrying about what others are doing or not satisfied with what you yourself are doing, chances are that you aren't living in the present moment.

It's time to be mindful! Be aware of your thoughts, actions and feelings whenever you start to have signs of FOMO.

Immediately reject those negative thoughts and focus on what you are doing at the given time.

Once you start to appreciate the here and now, thoughts of worry and regret slip away and life gets so much better.

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