As a father, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out. In the beginning, you miss your friends and the you who you were before kids came along. Later on, you miss out on the cool kid stuff that goes down because you’re at work. It’s the cycle. Of course, you’ll also miss being able to go out to a movie every now and then or on a date with your wife. Fact is, we’ll have that tugging fear of missing out, commonly as FOMO, every once in a while. Especially in this social media-powered era it’s easy to look at artfully-filtered shots of camping trips or post-work drinks and a simple case of FOMO can bloom into an all-out epidemic. When this happens, it’s easy to feel alone or frustrated. Here’s how to eliminate that urge and stay in the moment.
Things are going to happen without you, and that’s not always a bad thing. And, even if it is, you have to find a way to make your peace with it. It comes down to owning your choices and living with the fallout of those choices, both the good and the bad. “There are often too many appealing choices and not enough time or resources to do them all,” says Joel Barcalow, a psychiatric counselor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Learn to accept the outcome by appreciating your freedom to make a choice. You can always make different choices in the future.”
Stay Off Social Media
Not only can staring at Instagram or Facebook trigger those feelings of missing out, but it can also keep you from being present and in the moment, thereby robbing you of your enjoyment all around. Experts say that people who suffer from FOMO should keep their social media checkups limited, maybe once per day. Additionally, “device free” areas in your home and life should be set….
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