Fear of missing out on stuff- FOMOS

Fear of missing out (FOMO) is described as a social anxiety, a fear of regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, or other satisfying events or items. Source: Wikipedia- Fear of missing out

Common indicators are, over-committing to work, helping others, living in a state of constant busyness, leading to a sense of failure, fatigue, increased stress and inability to satisfy personal expectations.

Everything we buy comes with a carbon footprint, with panic buying on the increase discover how to reduce FOMOS and reduce waste.

10 Top Tips to reduce FOMOS & your carbon footrpint

  1. Switch off and slow down

By switching off distractions and reconnect with our inner self, allow time to focus on what is truly important in your lives, things such as health and happiness.

Stop “doing” and enjoy the moment

  1. Get tough on stuff

If stuff does not add value to your life, only drags you down. spend time and rethink what is your life’s purpose, holding onto stuff or buying stuff that does not fit with your life’s purpose does not make financial or environmental sense.

Ask yourself

  1. Will this stuff add value to my life?
  2. Do I love this stuff?
  3. How will I responsibly dispose of when I don’t need it? Check out Eco Organiser®  Useful Links

     3. Visualise life beyond the stuff

Create a visual board of how you would like your life to look and feel like once the clutter (physical, mental) is gone, include your dreams, goals and aspirations. Example: Space to mediate and relax.

  1. The grass is always greener on the other side

I am sure everyone of us have worn those green coloured glasses, life is so much easier if I only had that new car, new clothes & shoes or holiday.

Taking off the glasses for a moment and observing what you have makes good financial and environmental sense. Ask yourself: Do I have similar ready? Can I repurpose or repair things to extend their life? Utilising the things, we have before buying more helps reduce our carbon footprint.

  1. Drop multi-tasking before you drop your bundle

Studies show multi-tasking is not an effective use of our precious time. Focusing on one thing at a time we tend to complete it more efficiently. Multi-tasking leads to shortcuts which can lead to accidents, confusion and often the task needing to be repeated.

    6. Mind Full or Mindfullness

Ever had a feeling of restlessness, your mind is constantly busy thinking, planning the next thing you must do or achieve? It feels like your mind is full of STUFF.

Ask yourself

“Do I need this stuff?”

“Will it add value to my life or will it be something else to worry about?

Solution: Stop, close your eyes and breathe.

  1. Declutter time, home, relationships

 As the saying goes “less is more” Rushing from one thing to another, barely taking a breath never allowing yourself to savour the moment, sounds stressful and tiring. Clearing clutter of any kind (physical, mental, digital, habitual) allows space for new ideas and projects or space to do nothing. How to ethically declutter 

  1. Know when good is good enough

I am not perfect and thank goodness I am not alone. No one is perfect, no one has the perfect life or home.

Does owning or working hard to buy more stuff to the create the biggest and best home or lifestyle make us a happier, healthy person?

Which do you prefer, time spent working and finessing until it’s perfect or time spent enjoying the experience, conversation, walk or life’s journey?

Rethink and ask yourself: When was the last time I stepped back from a situation, project, creation and said yes that is good enough?

  1. Cultivate Gratitude

Planting seeds for change take a little time to grow, yet cultivating a habit of acknowledging what we have helps ease FOMOS

Write down 5 things you are grateful for every day, example: clean water, fresh air, fresh food, a smiling face, a happy baby.

  1. Enjoy the life’s journey

Life is too short; I don’t know of anyone from their deathbed saying “I wish I got to the Ikea sales” they are more likely to say “I wish I had more time”