Forget Fomo: You’re Important too
Fuck FOMO: You’re Important too
With COVID surrounding us [literally], Americans have been told to stay in their homes as much as possible and avoid people. It has some of us in a place of fear–that is fear of missing out (FOMO). We tend to depend on others and things around us to keep us happy instead of creating our own happiness.
When experiencing this type of fear, we resort to going out and doing reckless things that can put us at a higher risk for COVID-19 and therefore harming those closest to us. It is important to find a happy medium between wilding out all the time and staying home. You want to find a way to balance yourself as well as keeping a healthy and safe lifestyle.
Keeping yourself grounded is very important right now. Take a few steps back from everything that’s going on and focus on yourself. Have a self party if you will, it’s important to not forget what makes you happy alone.
Don’t rely on the outside world for happiness, take this time to work on self growth, I have created a list of things I do to keep a balance and fight FOMO.
Find things that make you happy.
- Journaling: I write down things to keep my brain free. Journaling is a way to release stress by taking your thoughts from your mind to the paper. It is often easier to work out a problem on paper.
- Yoga: Yoga is a way to connect your body and soul. A 10-15 minute yoga workout can release stress and also allow you to connect with yourself deeper. I use the app Fit On, which is currently running a fall promotion for 70% off their pro membership price($119 per year / $19 per month). They have many different yoga workouts with various levels, some are really intense and others are mild.
- Watching movies and playing games: Recently, streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ have added nostalgic movies, and I’ve taken full advantage of releasing my inner child. As an Apple user, Apple has done a great job of keeping me entertained, with Apple TV and all the fun games they have in their app store.
- Trying new recipes: While being forced to stay home, the typical spaghetti just isn’t going to cut it. I have tried many new recipes and learned some things while in the kitchen. So get in there and see what you can do.
Work on self-growth.
- Workout at home: Try going into a free space in your home and get active. Getting in at least 30 minutes of exercise keeps the body and mind strong. The Fit On app also has cardio, HIIT, kickboxing, dance and many more unique workouts. A walk in the park or around the neighborhood is also nice.
- Read a new book: Reading can be an escape from reality and also an opportunity to learn something new.
- Meditate: Take time to yourself and connect with your thoughts and feelings. You can get a better understanding from the website Headspace.You could also take a look at Sam Harris’ Waking up app.
- If you feel disconnected from friends and family but don’t want to risk getting sick, use technology to keep connected.
Developing a strong sense of who you are is vital to your happiness. In this day in time we are constantly being watched, recorded and judged making it harder for us to be okay with who we are.
Hopefully the suggested habits will alleviate those feelings of FOMO.