Fear of missing out (FOMO) is rational, even though it feels irrational. Let’s say your nap went long and you missed your significant other’s birthday party. FOMO begins with intrusive thoughts. Your mind starts racing, the emotions grow, and you feel bad that you missed out. But it was an honest mistake, and the feelings you have are okay. The second wave of FOMO is guilt associated with possibly making others feel bad. Events can be rescheduled, but you need to prioritize self-care. So the last step is to calm down and go easy on yourself. FOMO happens to all of us at some point. Remember that there will always be a next time.
- Intrusive thoughts can make you feel bad, but you need to understand that it’s okay.
- Part of FOMO (fear of missing out) is the guilt you feel after letting others down.
- Try to do things to keep yourself calm and re-schedule meetings with others for a later date.
“You’re mind is racing faster than your own heartbeat, and the emotional avalanche in your mind starts collapsing downhill. You’re stuck in your own head, going over and over about what tonight could have been, only if you had set an alarm.”