What is JOMO?
You have probably all heard of FOMO, but it’s time to embrace the opposite – JOMO!
JOMO stands for the ‘joy of missing out’. The official definition is “pleasure derived from living quietly or independently without feeling anxious that one is missing out on exciting or interesting events that may be happening elsewhere”.
It essentially means being present and content with where you are in life and what you are doing.
Think, the end of comparing your life to others, being present in the moment and focusing on what you want to do, not what you ‘should’ do. It sounds like something to aspire to, right?!
In this blog, we will explore some of our top tips to fully embrace JOMO in your life.
Practice the art of saying ‘no’
JOMO is all about setting boundaries and identifying when you need to say no. It is about accepting that you actually can’t do everything and instead, celebrating those moments of stillness.
Saying no can be one of the hardest things to do, especially if you want to help someone or you feel like you should be doing something.
However, sometimes saying no is the best form of self-love and preservation. It is also a really important way to protect yourself physically and mentally.
Tune out from social media and unfollow negativity
JOMO focuses on experiencing and enjoying real life, not life online. This means trying to avoid spending your downtime scrolling your social media feeds.
Instead, try to disconnect and get involved in activities that bring you joy such as spending time with family and friends, cooking or getting out in nature.
Within reason, this also means it’s important to unfollow anyone who might trigger FOMO or make you or your life feel inadequate.
Slow it down and be present
JOMO is about removing the expectation that we always have to be doing something or be ‘on the go’ to prove our worth and feel fulfilled.
It is also about slowing down, reconnecting with ourselves and understanding what works for us. It is all too easy to get caught up in the fast pace of life and this can take a toll on our mental health and well-being.
JOMO acts to put you in the driver’s seat, taking back control of your life. Permit yourself to go easy on yourself, embrace the quiet times and live in the moment. Slowing down can also make us more creative, which you can then channel into other aspects of your life.
Prioritise what is important to you
Be intentional with your time; after all, it’s one of the most valuable things we have. Prioritise what is important to you – whether that is exercise, meeting up with a friend, starting a creative project or meditating, make the important things count.
It is important to stop worrying about what other people might be doing or thinking and focus on yourself and your priorities.
As Marie Kondo once said, “Ask yourself if it sparks joy.”
Discover JOMO at Haven Psychology
Do you struggle to set boundaries? Is it hard for you to overcome feelings of guilt and anxiety? Do you find yourself easily burnt out and unable to say no to others?
Are you feeling trapped in a constant cycle of fear over missing out?
If any of these questions resonated with you and how you are feeling, then our team at Haven Psychology can help.
We can help you to rescript your story and start your journey towards optimal mental health and well-being.
Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment here, or phone our friendly team on 07 3368 1537.