FOMO: Fear of missing out. We’ve all experienced this phenomenon in one way or another. Maybe you didn’t want to come inside and do chores as a kid because you didn’t want to miss anything. Or maybe the travel photos on all of your friends social medias make you feel ill because you want to be there so badly. Think back to a time that you personally have experienced this.
I believe that FOMO is somewhat like shame: FOMO can cross over into a toxic area where it is not longer healthy for us, and can even begin to harm us.
I believe the people that are most at risk of falling prey to FOMO are codependents and love addicts. We spend so much of our time dwelling on what we would like life to look like. We think about the things that we want to have but don’t in our own lives and in our relationship with others. We begin to compare ourselves to them, and that’s where the downward spiral begins.
Think back to a time where this has happened to you. Looking back, what happened to your self-esteem when you got to the point of comparing yourself to others? Continue reading
Our intent sounds silly. FOMO is the ‘fear of missing out’ and maybe it sounds like something reserved for kids in grade school, but it extends beyond social events. It is the creeping fear that you should be somewhere else, which can lead you to miss where you are right now. Part of this intent means making mindful choices about where our time goes and then being okay to miss out on other things. But that is easier said than done.
If you’re like us, battling the FOMO, here are three resources to help: Continue reading
Rohan Gunatillake is a business owner.
He is the creator of a new mindfulness app, Buddhify, which brings meditation, affirmations and calm into your busy day wherever you are. Listening to his talk about fear, work and mindfulness at the 99u Conference, we at Intent were very familiar with so much of what he covered. Continue reading
The term “FOMO” has become a real thing for my generation.
It’s been defined as the “fear of missing out”. I think it’s safe to say we can always assume there’s something we’re missing out on, we can’t be everywhere all the time, but never before have we had such a visual reminder of all those things. Social media makes it really easy to see just how green the grass is on the other side. Continue reading
Do you ever have a fear of missing out? I’ll admit that from time to time I get a bad case of FOMO. In this video I share my spiritual tips for working through the fear of missing out. First you need to accept that if the timing isn’t right at the current moment that the opportunity or a greater one will come around again. Next you have to settle into the idea that if you’re meant to be somewhere, even if you say no, that you will inevitably get there. The last step is to stop obsessing about it. Once you have turned something down you have to let it go to truly be at peace with the decision. I’ll also help you accept that when something doesn’t work out as planned it’s because something far greater is coming.