Forget FOMO, get JOMO!

Lifespan Blog Team

We’ve all experienced it from time to time, the internet’s favorite acronym: FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out. We see our friends or family out doing something fun and posting pictures while we cannot be there. FOMO sets in, and we wonder how much fun they’re having, who is there, what they’re talking about, and so on.

Although it’s fun to say, FOMO is not a fun feeling. Enter: JOMO, FOMO’s more positive cousin. The Joy of Missing Out allows you to let go of your thoughts of other people’s lives, focus on what you’re doing and why you’re happy where you are. And while we have all likely experienced FOMO, we have also likely experienced the joy and relief of canceling plans we never actually wanted to attend.

We believe that finding the joy in alone time is an essential part of health and wellness. Some of our previous blogs have touched on mindfulness practices that can aid in your transition from FOMO to JOMO. First things first: be present in your moment and disconnect from your smartphone.

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