With how convenient our phone has become now, it is really hard to separate ourselves from it. While there are services that could help our lives, our phones also do one thing the best: giving us an overflowing amount of information, and this creates a condition called Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) that makes it hard to spend a day without phones and the internet.
However, FOMO actually leads to extreme dissatisfaction upon your own mental health, and it will start having detrimental effects that spans into your physical health. Some examples of those effects are mood swings, loneliness, inferiority complex, social anxiety, increased depression level, to the reduction of self-esteem. It is also said that the usage of antidepressants has seen a rise in recent years because of FOMO.
But you do not have to worry, because there is something called JOMO: the Joy of Missing Out. In simple terms, it is the “antidote” to FOMO. With JOMO, the idea is about being there and being content with what you are doing and where you are at life.
There are a few things you can do as you spend a day without your phones, and those are:
Live in the present
One effect of FOMO is that you will always try to compare yourself with others\ people. Now, while you are away from your phone, you should live in the present because there is no one here for you to compare yourself to. Be easy on yourself when you are having a bad day. Treat yourself when you receive good news.
Make a schedule of your time
While you are enjoying your day without phones and the internet, it is important to make a schedule of what you are doing with your time. Be it working out, writing a book, meeting a friend, playing with your kids, or even completing a project, make sure you schedule your time properly instead of comparing ourselves to other people.
Learn how to say “no”
You always have the option to not go out or not take a phone call. Being able to say “no” is the best kind of self-love one can practice on themselves. If you think helping someone might impact you negatively, you have to say “no” and protect yourself first.
Enjoy your real life
By practicing JOMO, you can finally have more free time as you eliminate the time spent scrolling your social media feeds. Instead, you can now spend your time with your family and friends, doing trivial things like cooking, sports, or even traveling!
When you try to practice JOMO, it is heavily encouraged that you spend days without phones and the internet. By disconnecting from information overflow, we can now reflect on our thoughts and emotions, which is really important for our mental health. Not only that, but we can also reconnect with our families and the people in our life that truly matters.
Try to do 1 day without phones and other devices with your kids! List whatever things you do together with them! Don’t forget to tell us how you go with it!