Why This is the Summer to Miss Out
Meet JOMO, the nemesis of FOMO, and why you need it in your life
For the last month, I have been meticulously working on the launch of my new yoga brand Destination Karma. To be honest in the last month I've become a little work-obsessive. I've been glued to my computer from morning to night. Checking social media feeds every 20 minutes, constantly tweaking the website and certainly not living life.
After not leaving my apartment and staying in my pyjama's for 4 days straight I knew things had to change. I was at a serious risk of turning completely doolally!
That's when I discovered JOMO the nemesis of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
JOMO translates to Joy Of Missing Out. JOMO is about disconnecting from social media, saying no to that party invitation when you're overtired and generally just being ok with where you are in life. JOMO is all about finding balance..
So how do you put JOMO into practice?
1. Admit there's a problem
Like any addiction admitting it is the first step. How do you know if you have a problem?
The sad fact is that if you own a smart phone, and carry it around with you 24/7, you're more than likely to be addicted. If you're still not convinced then agreeing to one or more of these statements below is probably a sure-fire way of knowing for definite.
- A need to use a mobile phone more and more often in order to achieve the same desired effect.
- Persistent failed attempts to use a mobile phone less often.
- Preoccupation with mobile use when you have people for company.
- You rely on a mobile phone when experiencing unwanted feelings such as anxiety or depression.
- Excessive phone use characterised by the loss of sense of time.
- Has put a relationship or job at risk due to excessive mobile phone use.
- Withdrawal symptoms when your mobile phone or network is unreachable including: Tension, Irritability, Anger, Depression and Irritability.
2. Social Detox
Seventy-two percent of online adults use social media and the average user spends 23 hours a week on social media – that’s the equivalent of a part time job! So why do we spend so much time on our social feeds?
- We humans have a need for social validation. Every Facebook ‘Like’ or a Twitter 'Retweet' makes us feel good.
- Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is a large reason why most users aged 30 and under excessively use Social Media channels.
- Our ego has the perfect platform to showcase itself. We live in a ‘Me’ society with an obsession of the ‘self’ that drives us to update our status and take selfies. The moe likes that we receive the more our self esteem increases.
- Social networks are physically addictive as well as psychologically. A study from Harvard University showed that posting online stimulates the same part of the brain that also gets fired up when taking an addictive substances, like cocaine.
For all these reason plus more it is hugely important for your physical and mental health to take a regular detox from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tech giants Google and Apple will roll out social detox initiatives for their software very soon. So why not follow suit and try switching off from your phone 2 hours before bed, and better still choose a day of the week where you don't check your social feeds at all.
3. Be Mindful
Be mindful of the hours you spend in front of the tv, browsing the internet or working overtime. What other things could you be doing with that time that would make your life more positive and happy. Could you catch up with a friend you haven't seen for a while? Get a few more hours sleep? Indulge in some pure 'me' time?Here are some other suggestions that may help slow down your pace in life, disconnect and make you feel happier.
- Learn a new skill or language
- Meet a friend for coffee
- Have breakfast in bed
- Go for a walk with no destination in mind
- Practice yoga and meditation
- Hold a board games night with family or friends.
- Indulge in a massage
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die,
and then dies having never really lived."
-THE 14TH DALAI LAMA-
So which will you choose? Fear or Joy?
Author: Francesca McCarthy
Francesca is the founder of Destination Karma. After graduating from university in the UK Francesca pursued her dream of living in Bali in Indonesia. For 3 years she immersed herself in the Balinese culture and traditions. It was in Bali that Francesca also pursued her passion for yoga, meditation, chakra work and the healing benefits of reiki.
After her time in Bali was over Francesca continued to travel the globe and was fortunate to live for extended periods in Australia, Germany, UK and Greece.
Her love for travel combined with a want to create awareness of the powerful health benefits of yoga practice inspired Francesca to create the Destination Karma brand.
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Enjoy life's moments, stay in the present and experience the 'Joy Of Missing Out'.
JOMO is the new FOMO (fear of missing out).
It's all about disconnecting from technology, being ok with where you are in life, and ultimately finding balance.
WARNING: Experiencing JOMO may help you reach Destination Karma..
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