It feels like everyone is celebrating this party season, but you’re feeling stressed worrying about where to go and who with… maybe you are experiencing FOMO!
What’s FOMO? It’s not a new concept, but it is a recently coined acronym for ‘fear of missing out’, and it’s largely influenced by social media sharing behaviour and seeing what our friends are up to without us.
One of the bigger contributors to FOMO, and the stress of ‘Having the best New Year’s Eve ever’ is that pressure to make the ‘right’ decision. Which means a lot of people are apprehensive to commit to a choice in case something better comes along.
So how can you avoid FOMO this New Year’s Eve?
Celebrate with intent. To cure FOMO, be sure to own your choices. If you don’t want to do anything on NYE, then don’t. If you want to cut loose and party, do it. Whatever you decide, commit and be happy with it.
Devise a plan. No matter what you do – be it a big party or nothing at all – figure out what elements are important and how you can make them happen.
Throw out your plan. Maybe there’s no need for a plan? Maybe a plan is only going to restrict the fun you have. Maybe having a plan sets your expectations too high, and you need to have zero expectations.
Stay off social media. Seeing other people in social environments may exacerbate your FOMO, so consider turning off notifications or forcing yourself not to look at the apps. If you’re only going to be reminded of what you’re missing out on, stay offline.
What’s important? Like most things in life, it does not really matter what you do or where you go: it matters who you spend time with. That’s not to say that you have to spend New Year’s with other people, because if spending it alone is better for you, then that’s the best thing you can do. However, if you do like the idea of sharing the evening, think about who matters to you and stay focused on how valuable that time is instead of what you end up doing.
Be honest with yourself. Think about how you enjoy spending your time, whom you enjoy spending time with, and what the best night would look like for you. Then do that. Own that. Celebrate your New Year, not anyone else’s.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed on New Year’s Eve, or in the lead up to it, remember to give our SuicideLine Victoria team a call anytime of the day: we are here to support you. Call 1300 651 251.