By now I bet you’re heard of the term FOMO, which stands for “Fear of Missing Out.” That’s when you get all anxious at the thought of other people going out and having fun times without your cute self and Oh No, you missed it forever!
FOMO is a real thing that many of us experience, but it can leave us feeling depleted as we run all over town to do things that maybe don’t wind up being that fulfilling after all. Or perhaps they’re very fun but it’s a little too much and maybe you’re feeling a little crispy from it all and in need of a break.
If this is you, consider an exciting new concept – JOMO. JOMO stands for “Joy of Missing Out.” That’s when you happily see the event posts, gratefully receive invitations and politely say no, because you’ve decided to focus your attention on that which most nourishes and restores you.
It’s not about always staying home necessarily. It’s more about embracing choosing what you want to do (or not do) in a way that fulfills you, not depletes you. This idea is especially important to you if you’ve made a commitment to your health. It takes time to shop for nutritious foods, prep meals, go to the gym, do laundry, see your family and get adequate rest. With those good habits on your schedule you will have less time for running around, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
As summer blasts along, pay attention to a sense of overwhelm that might be your signal to indulge in some JOMO and let a few things happen without you. When you’re ready to dive back in, they will be there waiting. And you just might discover you don’t actually really miss them as much as you thought you would.
Barbara Wayman, APR