Many people are fast to really feel overlooked. With social media making it extremely straightforward to submit solely essentially the most rigorously curated model of our lives, it’s no shock that seeing everybody’s spotlight reel makes us really feel like we’re continually lacking out on one thing larger, higher, and extra enjoyable.
This specific feeling is so widespread these days, it has warranted its personal title: FOMO. Brief for “concern of lacking out,” it has turn into extensively utilized in our every day lexicon. As a functional medicine practitioner, I’ve seen firsthand how a lot stress and nervousness FOMO could cause, and the way that heightened stress response can set off well being issues and exasperate signs.
I’ve additionally seen that, in the course of the pandemic, folks have embraced the possibility to decelerate, with out the concern of lacking out—as a result of, properly, there’s not a lot to overlook out on. And they’re thriving!
I’ve lengthy referred to my love of self-care and taking time to relaxation as JOMO: quick for the “pleasure of lacking out.” And now that the world is starting to reopen, a variety of my sufferers have really expressed nervousness about going again to a lifetime of busy-ness and stress. That’s why I imagine it’s extra necessary than ever to embrace the antithesis of FOMO. Right here’s precisely why it’s time we give JOMO the credit score it deserves.