The fear of missing out can lead to a lot of anxiety if you don’t know how to say no. To help, take a minute to consider what you gain by staying in.
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As personal finance blog Money Ning points out, not every good or exciting thing in life happens outside your home. You can enjoy the company of friends in your own home, or simply appreciate time with your family. Just because you’re “missing out” on one thing doesn’t mean you’re not being fulfilled by something else:
The reality is that I might be missing out on something more important when I let FOMO change the way I use my time. What am I missing out on in terms of what my son is doing? This is something that is worth far more consideration than what I might miss out in terms of “fun” and inside jokes.
No matter what you choose, you only have a certain number of hours in the day. By indulging in one thing that you’re afraid to miss out on, you necessarily take time away from something else. This trade-off will always exist. So you don’t have to worry as much about missing out, so much as which activities are a bigger priority in your life.