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Embracing JOMO: Finding Joy in the Art of Missing Out

In a world where it seems we all need to be constantly connected, the phenomenon of FOMO—Fear of Missing Out—has become all too familiar.


It's that nagging anxiety we feel when we perceive others enjoying experiences that we're not part of, driving us to relentlessly chase every trend, event, or social gathering. But amidst this frenzy, there lies another way —a counterbalance to the chaos of FOMO: JOMO—the Joy of Missing Out.


JOMO is about finding contentment in the moments when we choose to step back and prioritise our wellbeing over the pressure to constantly keep up.


So how can you make JOMO part of your everyday life:


  • Set Boundaries: Start by defining what's truly important to you. Identify your priorities and learn to say no to things that don't align with them. Whether it's social events, work commitments, or online distractions, setting boundaries is key to reclaiming your time and energy.

  • Unplug Regularly: Take breaks from technology and social media. Designate specific times during the day to disconnect and focus on activities that bring you joy and fulfilment—whether it's reading a book, going for a walk, or spending time with loved ones.

  • Practice Mindfulness: Cultivate a sense of presence in your daily life. Practice mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or simply paying attention to your surroundings. Being fully engaged in the present moment can help alleviate feelings of FOMO and bring a sense of peace and contentment.

  • Prioritise Self-Care: Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Take time to rest, recharge, and engage in activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Whether it's getting enough sleep, eating nourishing foods, or indulging in your favourite hobbies, prioritizing self-care is essential for cultivating JOMO.

  • Focus on Quality Over Quantity: Instead of trying to do it all, focus on doing fewer things—but doing them well. Prioritise quality over quantity in your experiences and relationships. Invest your time and energy in activities and connections that bring you genuine joy and fulfilment.

  • Celebrate Your Choices: Embrace the moments when you choose to miss out on something in favour of your own well-being. Celebrate the decisions that allow you to prioritise yourself and your happiness. Remember that it's okay to opt out of the pressure to constantly be "on" and instead, choose to be present with yourself.

  • Connect with Others Authentically: Foster meaningful connections with others based on authenticity and genuine presence. Instead of trying to keep up with the Joneses, focus on nurturing relationships that bring you joy and fulfilment. Surround yourself with people who support your decision to embrace JOMO and respect your boundaries.

Woman sat alone outside


Embracing JOMO is about finding peace and contentment in the moments when we choose to prioritize our well-being over the fear of missing out. FOMO is the antithesis of this—a feeling of anxiety or insecurity driven by the belief that others are having more enjoyable experiences than oneself.

By setting boundaries, disconnecting regularly, practicing mindfulness, prioritising self-care, focusing on quality over quantity, celebrating our choices, and connecting with others authentically, we can cultivate a sense of joy and fulfilment in missing out on the noise and distractions that pull us away from what truly matters.


Why not give it a try? Who knows, you might just find that the joy of missing out is exactly what you've been searching for all along.


Get in touch to learn more about hypnotherapy can help you.

Malcolm Struthers Hypnotherapy - Dumfries & Galloway and online 



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