7 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out

7 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out

Back in the day before I got a smart phone, I used to judge friends who always scrolled through their social media feeds. Now I have to eat my words. I find myself looking at Instagram first thing in the morning or checking Facebook notifications before bed. I love keeping up with friends, but more times than I’d like to admit, social media awakens insecurity. My life doesn’t look so stellar compared to what I see on my phone screen.

The Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) refers to the “apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences you’re missing.It’s characterized by the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.” FoMO has several faces:

You feel obligated to attend every social event you’re invited to.

You’re stressed because your grandmother’s 80th birthday celebration means you have to miss your girlfriends’ getaway weekend, so at the party you check social media every ten minutes to see what your friends are doing.

You feel a compulsion to read every news story, listen to every podcast, and watch every YouTube video or TV series your friends talk about.

We constantly check our phones to stay up to date, yet a few minutes of scrolling can actually increase anxiety levels. We wonder why we’re not in that picture with our friends. These words reassure me that God is in the business of restoring stressed-out souls:

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters.”
Psalm 23:1-3 

Here are 7 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out:

1. Take a Break from Social Media

Constant social media use puts us in the spectator seat of life and can increase our feelings of missing out. Taking a break helps us shift our focus towards living more productive and rewarding lives ourselves.

 Consider these ideas for limiting your social media use:

· Schedule social media for certain times of day; avoid it at other times.

· During family meals, corral your phones into one place.

· Stay offline one day a week.

· Go on a social media fast for 1-4 weeks.

Limit screen time in general by choosing one or two news outlets, a few blogs, and YouTube channels you want to follow. If you add a new one, let go of one.

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