Wellness Fear of Missing Out

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As members of the human race, we are social beings. We want to be around others and be included. When we feel as if we are not, it can cause distress. If you are feeling this way, you may be experiencing FOMO. FOMO (the fear of missing out) refers to the feeling or perception that oth- ers are having more fun or experiencing better things than you are. The fear is that you are missing out on an oppor tunity or satisfying event. Although it is especially prevalent with youth, adults are not immune.

...dinner 0 – 1 times a week consumed, on an average day, 9627 total kilojoules (approx- imately 1925 calories), 86 grams of fat, and 135 grams of sugar. Compared with those who cooked less (0 – 1 times a week), those who cooked more (6 – 7 times a week) had lower consumption of daily kilojoules, fat, and sugar. Home-cooked meals are often healthier and more nutri- tious than eating out or having frozen meals. By making meals at home and controlling what goes into your food, you can decrease your calorie, fat, and sugar intake, so cook away! For additional support with High Cholesterol, consider joining Pinnacle Health Management’s confidential care management program. High Cholesterol is one of six chronic conditions that the care management program helps employees manage better. Participants receive complimentary one-on-one coaching with a regis- tered nurse, medication discounts and educational materials. For more information, contact us at (844) 230-1121 or at Additional Support

FOMO is not new. However, it has become more prevalent due to the influence of social media. Approxi- mately half of social media users suf- fer from FOMO. You are now able to view and have constant access to what your friends and peers are doing. In most cases, they are posting only the best times of their lives. It provides an unrealistic view of life. You begin to compare yourself and your experiences to others and feel that you are missing out. You may turn to social media to feel better and be more involved but it can actually make you feel worse. Serious problems can arise from trying to do too much for fear of missing out. Comparing yourself to others can affect your mood and self-esteem. Some are trying to do so many things that they are not taking care of themselves, not getting enough sleep or exercise. Many are spending money they don’t have and risk going into debt to keep up with

peers. Additionally, it can take away from face-to-face time with others, may hur t existing relationships, and diminish the potential for new ones. As the holiday season approaches, it is especially impor tant that we be mindful of FOMO. The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they are busier and more stressful as we pre- pare for and attend holiday activities. Tips for dealing with FOMO: • Limit your time on social media. • Set a daily time to turn off all noti- fications, even if it’s for 30 minutes. • Change your perspective. Stop comparing yourself to others. • Live in the moment. Invest in your own life. • Seek out real connections. Make plans with someone, or go on a group outing. • Say no to some social oppor tu- nities. Accept that it is ok to miss some events.


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