Building Resilience to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)


In today’s world, we seem to take on unnecessary stress adding to our already overloaded brains and bodies. It seems as if the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) effect is still lingering in our social anxiety patterns and has now become a social phobia disease. The FOMO disease is like a magnet pulling us into a black hole with no end, a newly formed addiction of craving for more! One of the foremost indicators of addiction is denial.

Probably one of the biggest enablers of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is the media, especially in a developing story, which then grows into a dedicated story with a carefully designed and horrifying image.

The disease raises negative feelings of looking to someone or something to blame. Anger and jealousy raise their ugly heads, and all logic is thrown out of the window. We believe with conviction what we being told and shown.

We never seem to test the hypothesis or listen to reason. Even when the evidence is presented, we seem to take a biased view and discard the rest because of It Does Not Fit In (IDNFI). It is interesting to see that most personalities are affected by this disease, where FOMO can be described as moderate or acute.

When it comes to finding remedies and treatments for FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), the FOMO addict displays the following patterns of behaviour:

  1. Denial
  2. Resisting impulses
  3. Persistent desire to stop
  4. A disproportionate amount of time spent with FOMO
  5. Preoccupation with disease
  6. Prioritizing FOMO
  7. Need to fulfill the obsession
  8. Giving up any form of activity
  9. Resorting to distress, anxiety and other negative emotions.

Building resilience to FOMO approaches:

  1. Avoid information overload
  2. List and reflect on your fears and manage them
  3. Think outside of yourself
  4. Establish a routine
  5. Never feel guilty about your workouts.

By adopting these approaches you will be able to build resilience to the FOMO disease.

The Stress Less Clinic recognizes  the need for guiding and coaching people to cope and manage their stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma challenges. Visit our website and make an appointment with one of our Qualified Practitioners.

Sean D. Waters
Author: Sean D. Waters

Sean D. Waters, a practicing Stress Specialist Practitioner, founder of Stress Less Clinic, counsels, coaches, mentors, and consults to individuals, groups, and companies using the New Science of Stress interventional applications.



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