FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out, is never fun. However, it can be particularly dangerous in the early stages of recovery. By bringing ourselves into the present moment and getting thankful for it, we don’t have to feel like we’re missing out on anything. We live in a FOMO world. “Staying in the present moment” is often talked about but rarely achieved in the realm of Instagram, social media, and myriad technical, social, and work distractions. We are often called upon to be in several places at once. Think about it: You’re at work, texting with a friend while scrolling Instagram while thinking about what you’re going to post next. In that common scenario, the mind is in four places at once. What does this mean? When we’re in many places at once, especially in recovery, it becomes impossible to be present in the moment and grateful for what we have. Here’s how to release FOMO, increase gratitude, and create greater ease and synchronicity in your life.
Mindfulness is simply the practice of being present in the moment and observing. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Practice mindfulness by watching your thoughts. When you’re in a meeting, eating dinner, or chatting with friends, take note of when your mind wanders to another place or thought. Simply bring it back to the present moment. Keep doing this simple practice. Likewise, when you feel that nagging sense of FOMO, try not to react. If you find yourself glorifying your past life or any kind of substance use, simply bring your attention back to the moment.
Social media can be a powerful tool for connection. Just watch who and what you’re connecting with on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. In the world of scrolling, it’s easy to happen upon a photograph of an old friend. This can send the mind spiraling into FOMO or other destructive thoughts. Luckily, these kinds of social media run-ins are avoidable. Unfollow anyone who might be triggering to you and your recovery process and scroll wisely.
Heal FOMO with gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is a wonderful cure for the FOMO blues. Anytime your mind wanders into the past or you’re feeling like your recovery is making you miss out on something, replace those thoughts with gratitude. What are you grateful for in this present moment? What has your recovery given you? Look around and stay present in your journey and know that everything you need is right here.
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