13 August 2021 · MGM News

Turn Fomo into Jomo - The Joy Of Missing Out!

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Turn your FOMO into JOMO

With our lives full of acronyms, we all have heard of FOMO, short for Fear of Missing Out. In light of COVID-19, it appears two more acronyms have crept into our lingo: FOGO and JOMO.

FOGO or fo·go (noun Slang) is Fear of Going Out. It's considered a new phenomenon. Since restrictions have lifted, some people feel anxious and worried about stepping out. 

JOMO or jo·mo (noun Slang) is the Joy of Missing Out. A feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be doing:

Rather than giving in to ever-present FOMO, here's to flipping it on it's head and being grateful for what we have and celebrating JOMO with your new Mazda!

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WHY JOMO MATTERS

JOMO is the emotionally intelligent antidote to FOMO. JOMO asks us to pause and be present; to disconnect from technology. It encourages us to experience real-life. Whether it's cooking, going on adventures and spending time with friends and family.

Interested in taking this concept for a spin? Here are a few ways to foster JOMO:

Appreciate the arts

APPRECIATE THE ARTS

Hit the road and discover GOMA in South Brisbane or better still find some local street art. Visiting a local gallery allows you to step away from your daily life and step into an entirely new world- an ideal activity for JOMO. 

Try also attending a concert or a musical production and practice being in the moment. This is just another way of embracing JOMO. Music is a near-constant part of daily life. But that constant exposure can water down our sense of appreciation. 

BREAK OUT FROM ROUTINE

Leave the to-do list at home and take the road less travelled. JOMO is the perfect excuse to leave the predictability of routine behind in favour of trying something new. This can be as simple as trying a new (or new-to-you) coffee shop or brunch spot; or even leaving chores undone in favour of a day spent playing games and building forts with the kids.

Feeling more adventurous? Try a mini-getaway or day trip. Take a scenic drive, visit a nearby town you’ve not explored, or book a night at your favourite local getaway. Miss out on the banal of typical weekend activities and experience the joy of taking a real break.

DO A MINI DIGITAL DETOX

DO A MINI DIGITAL DETOX

The constant connectivity of digital life is a double-edged sword. Vacation photos, inspirational landscapes, joyful videos and personal news are readily accessible — inviting both a sense of togetherness and the tinge of FOMO. When given an extra day to savour, it’s tempting to look to social media for immediate inspiration and a sense of productivity. However, as discussed by a Harvard researcher, studies show that the short-lived dopamine hit created when you tap the “like” button creates false connections and puts users at greater risk of anxiety, depression and poor sleep quality.

If you suspect you’re feeling comparison fatigue, try logging out of social media, email and other digital platforms. While one day of digital detox might not change habitual scrolling patterns, this trial period can be an inspiration to add more frequent digital breaks into daily life, or even come up with a set of regular digital detox rules and practices.

Consider JOMO as an opportunity to show in-person appreciation to the people you love most. Trade the allure of scrolling through feeds for the soul-feeding practice of being present with friends and loved ones. Who knows: By not posting yourself, you may help create space for others to avoid FOMO.

GET OUTSIDE

GET OUTSIDE

So much of the day is spent indoors that it’s easy to forget the joy of spending time soaking up vitamin D. Soaking up some sunlight can do wonders for your mind, bones, and more. Rather than let yet another day pass in the office or at home, consider setting aside time spent relaxing in the sunshine.

Spending time in the sunshine doesn’t mean lathering yourself in coconut oil and sunbaking all day long. It can be as simple and lighthearted as packing a picnic lunch to eat in a park or going for walk with a friend. If you live near the beach, grab a mag and read by the water’s edge. Even a backyard pool will suffice so long as you’re intentionally embracing JOMO (just don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen).

Content sourced from The Mazda Way | Inside Mazda