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Friday, January 6, 2017

5 Ways to Fight Back Against FOMO

The Fear of Missing Out, or “FOMO,” is dangerous for people in recovery. Defined by Google as “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website,” this phenomenon has become more and more common amid the never-ending social network posts and apps to check. But FOMO can happen offline, too. For example, if you start thinking about that party your old drinking buddies are at right now.  

FOMO can make you feel sad, lonely, anxious, or envious — and it can trigger thoughts about using again. It can also cause you to obsessively check your social media feeds, which can increase your risk of anxiety and depression, according a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. 

Try these steps to spend more time enjoying the now and less time feeling a Fear of Missing Out:

  1. Start a journal. And keep track of all of things you have or have yet to achieve. This will help you feel more thankful and less envious of others. 
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others. Social media makes everyone’s life seem perfect, right? Remind yourself that everyone has personal hurdles and obstacles and that fun Facebook posts or Instagram photos don’t equate a happy and fulfilled life. 
  3. Be patient with yourself. It’s okay if it’s too early in your recovery to attend social events or start-up a relationship or complete that marathon. Set small goals and realistic expectations to avoid feelings of shame or self-doubt. 
  4. Slow the mind. Practice mindfulness meditation in order to be more present and to slow down and enjoy the everyday moments. This will help you more fully appreciate your friends, family and activities and prevent you from chasing the next “thrill” or event. 
  5. Get moving. Physical health is crucial for good mental health. Whether you go for an invigorating walk or hike, exercise can help you boost your feel-good endorphins so you’re less anxious or depressed about the things you may be missing out on. 
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