How to Control your FOMO and Comparison on Social Media


Hey guys, welcome back thanks for joining me for another video if you are new to my channel, my name is Stephanie I am a life and relationship coach if you were a subscriber, welcome back. Thanks for joining me for a new video So this week I want to get into The fear of missing out. So FOMO. I want to talk about it I want to talk about what are the symptoms and I want to also give you some tips to kind of really Have you understand where this kind of comes from and help you to start working through it so you can overcome it so this topic was actually brought to me by Someone on YouTube they had wrote me and said, you know I really love your insight on fear of missing out on phone well, and if you could give any tips I would really appreciate it and I thought it was a great topic because in this day and age with social media and The amount of access we have to everyone’s lives It’s easy to kind of look at a facade and fear like you’re missing out on something So I want to give you some information on what exactly FOMO is So FOMO is actually a real thing even though technically it’s kind of a slang term. It’s basically just anxiety It’s basically another form of anxiety. So for perhaps some people have social anxiety This is kind of around social anxiety But it’s it kind of like I feel like it’s in the middle between like anxiety depression like all it’s in that pool of all of that kind of stuff because really what it is is I Am feeling that my life isn’t exciting or I’m feeling like I need to get this high of this You know I’m looking at these people going to this party or going to this concert or living this life or having this relationship And I don’t have that myself And so I fear that because I’m missing out on it that my life isn’t good enough or I don’t have that same Happiness or excitement in my own life. So for a person that kind of has like a jam-packed schedule They’re always trying to do a million things I mean there’s a reason for that you could actually just be trying to kind of like fill voids But for people that don’t really like to make real plans they don’t like having to have a real commitment because there want to be able to kind of come and go as they please and Jump into this party and then go to that event and all of that stuff um Really? what all of those things are doing is they’re giving you a high to really fill a little bit of a void as to what’s Going on way deep inside so you might get an insecurity when you have FOMO that other people are having something and you’re not Included in it. And so then we kind of go into more of that like I’m not enough I’m not good enough what’s wrong with me type of things? So for example if there’s a party going on and you can get invited you might have a little bit of FOMO Because perhaps you want to be at that party and have those fun feelings that those people you perceive are having right or it could actually go into a little bit of kind of like Self-loathing in terms of what’s wrong with me? Why didn’t I get invited? um So it kind of hits that insecurity core within you If FOMO is kind of activated by something that’s going on whether it’s a party or an event or something you see on social media when actually where FOMO really comes from is that Insecurity is that lack on a deep psychological level? It comes from that desire to really have connection with people now We all have an ability within ourselves to want to connect with others. We’re human That’s what we’re actually put here to do right is to connect with others to have relationships, etc But there’s a difference between that being a healthy thing. That’s normal and a part of being a human being versus it being a little bit of a I don’t want to say disability, but Really a problem where it’s not Emotionally and mentally healthy to want that much connection because then you’re avoiding the connection with yourself So I’ve known plenty of people where they say, you know, I’m a people person I’m a people person and of course, there are some people that are introverts and extroverts People that love social interaction some people that don’t really love it that much and it’s not good or bad It’s just the way people are But it becomes a problem when your sense of who you are your happiness Termen by that interaction with other people and you never can kind of be by yourself and that’s where I would tend to see this Dynamic in certain people that I’ve known personally Is their inability to also kind of sit with themselves and be by themselves? So if you are not able to do that, and you constantly need that stimulation from outside, that’s a problem now the reason why this deep connection Needs to happen, right and when it doesn’t happen, we have that fear. We have that fear of missing out or possibly it’s triggering that Insecurity what’s wrong with me? Why didn’t I get invited? Why is this not happening in my life, etc? Core that’s being hit but let’s say that’s not the core that’s being hit. It’s just this need to kind of Stay connected to other people that desire Really stems from on a deep psychological level of that person growing up in environments where their emotional or psychological needs were not being met so when they weren’t being met They grow up to be adults or teenagers or whatever where they’re craving that interaction. They’re craving their ability to kind of to connect with people now the problem with this is that a lot of times that connection that they’re really Searching for is a surface level connection, right? because if if there’s an event going on if there’s a party going on and I want to be around I want to go because I want That interaction with people and it’s something that I’m craving You having an interaction at a party where you’re being social are probably? Normal, you know social interactions on those kind of levels are going to be a little bit more surface level versus you wanting That interaction with just one person So a lot of times the FOMO that people have is just this need To be a part of something and so if I’m a part of something and it’s just almost like that Tribal instinct that we have as humans to want to connect in You know to connect with others if that need to be a part of something. So now when I want to stay connected With what other people are doing and what’s going on with other people and be connected to these groups and these events That means that on some level. I actually don’t know how to soothe myself. I don’t know how to be with myself I don’t know how to create my own life I don’t know how to create my own happiness that I’m on some level Codependent to someone else giving me all of those highs whether it’s an event whether it’s a group of people, etc now on that psychological level if I feel or I perceive whether it’s on social media or Whatever that everyone’s having a good time And I’m not that’s gonna cause feelings of perhaps moodiness depression even more anxiety low self-esteem You know low confidence Etc. So if you don’t even recognize like hey like at times I have FOMO like I get this like insecurity or anxiety about possibly not being a part of something or Thinking and then I’m gonna miss this like great Event or this great thing and that just by sitting at home Like that’s not gonna give me the same high that I would get if I was just out Doing something then, you know you’re really trying to just fill some voids because you have to be able to also be alone and Enjoy that space as well. Of course. We all want to always be You know happy happy happy and having the best time ever But we can also experience real fulfillment in our day-to-day lives when we’re just doing like mundane things so it’s not about It’s not about the event or the thing of the group of people and seeing this as being way on this pedestal and us trying to get to that level you can get that same high just from living life and You know doing these little things day in and day out. So I think it’s more of learning how to really love yourself It’s number one recognizing that you have it and that you have these types of anxieties. It’s working on self parenting It’s working on that inner dialogue It’s worth an on reframing Now reframing is just a fancy way of saying hey whenever I’m thinking something Crappy or some part of some negative thought some lack thought is being able to switch it and turn it into something positive And a lot of the times you’re not turning something Into a positive statement and faking it or making something up that positive Statement is really your logical side talking versus your emotional wounded side Creating that negative conversation that you might be having like. Oh look at them They’re probably having a great time and I didn’t get invited And what was me? you can make your own fun and Enjoy yourself wherever you are who your ever whoever you’re with whatever you’re doing versus always Perceiving that there’s something better around the corner So if FOMO is something that you really really struggle with there’s a couple things that you really should work on in order to start Overcoming this number one, like I said recognize when FOMO starts showing up so if you didn’t get invited somewhere or if you think that you know everyone’s having a good time doing this and you’re alone and you don’t have that whether it’s relationship or an experience or a ticket to You know the Bahamas or whatever it is, whatever you start to come from that lack place You have to be able to number one spot it and recognize when that tape starts playing I always say like the way to really heal anything is to recognize. Okay here I go I’m indulging in this fear of missing out. I’m indulging in this anxiety I’m indulging in this worry number two is trying to kind of pinpoint also Like what are the triggers is that you not being invited somewhere is that you perceiving that someone else has something that you really want? So kind of is it when you go on social media and use and you see people that you know live in the best life Ever and perhaps you feel like your life sucks and it’s not up to par So kind of figure out okay, where are my triggers don’t avoid the triggers I always say, you know people would say don’t go on social media as much then I think that’s actually wrong I think you need to just find what are your triggers and Face that fear because that is that trigger is there to teach you to overcome whatever insecurities, whatever negative self-talk that you’re indulged in and Overcome this so you can actually heal it So the more kind of avoid things it doesn’t help you to become Healthier and be able to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally I think a lot of the times when we get these types of anxieties, like I said It comes from that lack place that comes from that place of feeling like well My life sucks and I don’t have that and that’s not an empowering place to live so if you didn’t get invited somewhere if you Think that someone has something and you want that thing You also have to be able to take a step back and see logic and understand when of their smoke and mirrors, you know We’re on social media and we’re seeing everyone living their best life We don’t see anything of what other people are striving struggling with in terms of their own insecurities now That’s not my way of saying. Hey, let’s focus on you know, someone really struggling so we can make ourselves feel better I think it’s just a way of kind of making everyone human and that everyone has their own stop their own Insecurities the things that they’re working on etc And also trying to not live in a victim state of letting get invited to this well I’m not going to that and I am all alone on Tuesday night and this person’s doing this Don’t come from that victim state and instead create your own happiness. That’s the that’s the part that’s self empowering That’s the part that actually has real power So don’t be a victim and begin creating the like that you actually want so if there’s a party and you didn’t get invited guess what call a bunch of People that you know aren’t going as well And create a fun night with you and those people so I always say at least I did this for myself, you know Especially when I was going through a divorce and I became single again Was I could easily have looked at everyone in my life and say well everyone’s married and I’m not and well this person’s doing this Or whatever, but instead I said you know what? I’m just trying to live like the best day ever and that’s all I can really do So if you perceive everyone to be having a good time doing something else and you’re not at that event Or with those people like make your own fun like make your own life like create your own life. Don’t be so Victimized by something that it lets you, you know you let it take over your day in your mood So being mindful again of your thoughts learning how to reframe Recognizing, okay Here comes the negative self-talk that I always kind of indulge in being able to parent yourself being able to empower yourself to say Okay, I didn’t get invited to the party but I don’t care. I actually really wanted to go see this movie So maybe now is a time that I can go see that movie Let’s see if you know anyone’s around that wants to go with me And if no one’s around then I’m alone on Tuesday night, and that’s not the worst thing ever So just kind of being mindful and more in the moment of your life will really start creating happiness because it’s not the event It’s not the group of people. It’s just you being mindful of every single moment that you’re living and Living in every single moment because that is actually where your happiness is So I hope you have enjoyed this video. 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