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How to Avoid FOMO

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FOMO means "fear of missing out," the fear that if you miss a party or event, you will miss out on something great. It's often aroused by posts seen on social media.

The first time I heard the acronym FOMO was when one of my closest friends said it. She's a commuter at my college and fears missing out on events and day-to-day moments in the dorm. I had never really thought about whether I, too, experienced FOMO until this week. I realized that I am a little too preoccupied with what other people are doing and wonder if I should have been there. I think FOMO is an utter waste of time, so here a few ways to avoid it.

1. Learn to Accept Yourself as You Are

Don't want to go thrift shopping with your friends? Don't! Just because your friends like an activity doesn't mean you have to like it or attend. It specifically means you don't have to feel guilty or left out for not going. One of the most important things in life is knowing yourself. You are in charge of your social calendar. Whatever you're doing, trust it's what you want because you're unique.

2. Live In The Moment

Worrying about what you're missing takes away precious time from your day. Enjoy what you're doing without comparing it to what your friends are doing. You might be having a lazy Sunday while your Instagram page is full of extravagant brunch photos - so what? Be happy for your friends without being jealous you're not there! Comparing yourself to others is never chic.
You are living you're life, creating your destiny and enjoying the journey. Spend time with people that make you happy and embrace your unique life.
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