FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a feeling many of us have experienced at some point. It’s that nagging sensation that we’re missing out on exciting events, social gatherings, or opportunities.

During cancer treatment, FOMO can be heightened as you may feel disconnected from your regular routine and the activities you once enjoyed. It’s natural to long for the things you used to do and the people you used to spend time with.

JOMO, or the joy of missing out, is the antidote to FOMO. It’s about finding contentment in the present moment and embracing the opportunities that come with slowing down.

JOMO can be a powerful mindset to adopt. It allows you to focus on self-care, prioritize your well-being, and appreciate the small joys in life. It reminds us that taking a step back and prioritizing our health and happiness is okay.

Finding a balance between FOMO and JOMO can be challenging but possible.

Here are a few strategies to help you navigate this battle:

– Practice self-compassion: Remind yourself that it’s okay to prioritize your health and well-being. Allow yourself to rest when needed and listen to your body’s cues.
– Stay connected: Utilize technology to keep in touch, join online support groups, or consider inviting friends and family for a virtual hangout.
– Embrace new opportunities: Use this time to explore new hobbies, interests, or activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Engaging in creative outlets or learning something new can bring a sense of fulfillment and joy.

To silence the FOMO and embrace the JOMO, take the pressure off what you think you should do and instead focus on what you genuinely want to do. Listen to your body and heart. It is the least you can do for yourself. This way, when you choose to be part of something social, you can be completely present and eager to jump in with joy

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

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