How to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out

In Singapore, kiasu is what we call “the fear of missing out”. A more popular term used by people around the world today though is FOMO which is basically the acronym. Because other people also experience it, you can be sure that it’s something not just felt in Singapore. In many cases, the fear of missing out can affect our mental and emotional health negatively. If you think you’re already under too much FOMO, here are some things you can do.

Take a break from social media

One of the biggest fuels for FOMO is social media. In social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ll see endless posts about people living the good life. This will lead you to compare yourself to them over and over. Then, you might also post similar experiences to feel better about yourself and to feel that you’re not getting left behind. This is why taking a break from social media is a giant leap you have to make to overcome FOMO. Once you try it, you’ll see that you’re not really missing out on anything at all.

Think that doing nothing isn’t negative at all

One effect of FOMO is that it makes us think we have to keep doing something. It becomes so bad that it comes to the point when even if we need rest, we still think about doing something. Let’s say your co-workers go out for dinner parties almost every Saturday. You might think that you’ll miss all the fun if you don’t go but not going at least once or twice really won’t hurt at all. If you feel tired, don’t sacrifice rest just to have fun!

Practice being mindful

Another great way to overcome FOMO is to practice being mindful of the present. You can practice mindfulness through a variety of ways. Some of the most common are meditation and journaling. You can also practice it by simply focusing on your senses at a given time. For example, you can pay attention to the taste of the laksa you’re eating right now. Or you can pay attention to the sounds you hear while on your commute. Being mindful simply teaches you to live in the moment.

See the value of gratitude

Because of FOMO, we see ourselves focusing more on the things we still lack instead of those we already have. This is why we should all see the importance of being grateful for what we have. This allows us to appreciate our smallest successes and even the challenges we face. When you realize how much you have, it will not be difficult for you to overcome the fear of missing out. That is simply because you’ve learned to be content.

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