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  • Writer's pictureJeff Lee

Ditching FOMO and Embracing JOMO


FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is a sense of fear of being left behind. This does not only applied to the latest trends being published on social media, but also physical social connections and events, for example, not invited to a certain meeting of get together or the fear of missing a discount for a product. FOMO can be the source of stress and other mental health symptoms.

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While JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) is a sociological phenomenon which is a response to FOMO, embracing and enjoying what you’re doing in each moment without worrying about what everyone else is doing.

It’s about savoring the moment, being present, and enjoying life to the fullest. JOMO is about taking a break from the rat race and finding contentment in simple pleasures. This change in mindset can be fantastic for mental health improvement.

It should be underlined, that although JOMO is defined as the joy of letting go of something or not blindly following the crowd, it cannot be used as an excuse to be unproductive. Because to fight the existing fear (FOMO) is not by avoiding or breaking away from the world.

Embracing JOMO by following your heart

Be Mindful of your consumption habits

You've most probably head this a billion time before: unplugged from social media, reduced screen time, unfollow toxic "show-offs", be mindful to the addiction of notifications. Psychologists agree that reducing our dependency on technology contributes to a reduction in anxiety and stress.

The underlying question here is that: Does a certain information generate negative emotions, such as anger or jealousy, if it does, it's time to unfollow.

Focus on what you wanted to achieve

To embrace JOMO is to know what goals you would want to achieve. Focus on the goal and set aside things that have the potential distractions, so that you won't be easily swayed to and fall into the FOMO phenomenon.

Spending time with people that you enjoy their company

FOMO might have a negative effect on our social life, through JOMO, you make the decision on whom you would like to spend time with. The mindless and toxic "show-offs" or someone that cares for you?

Set aside available time for quality time with loved ones. It could be family, children, siblings, friends, and others. People are all unique and non-comparable, with that in mind, it is easy to embrace JOMO.

Is JOMO good for mental health and wellbeing?

JOMO can definitely help reduce stress and anxiety, two of the most common mental health that modern humans are experiencing. When we’re constantly chasing after the next best thing, we miss out on the joys of the present moment. JOMO reminds us to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life.

JOMO can also help boost our mood and overall satisfaction with life. When we know that we are in control and focus on enjoying the moment, we are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled.

So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, try embracing JOMO. Slow down, take a deep breath, and savor the moment. You may find it the best medicine for your well-being.

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