How To Use FOMO As Motivation When You Are An Introvert
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

How To Use FOMO As Motivation When You Are An Introvert

Fear of missing out doesn't have to make you envious of others.

How To Use FOMO As Motivation When You Are An Introvert

Social media and the rise of technology plays a big part in the real feeling of FOMO (the fear of missing out.) I know I feel FOMO more often than I'd like because I check my social media a bit too much. It makes me feel lame because I'm staying inside for another night, while everyone else is out and enjoying life. I mean, how can I not feel that way when all those pictures and all those posts on Instagram and Facebook make it so that if you're enjoying a nice night in, you feel bummed out that you missed out on something fun.

I feel like worrying too much about what other people are doing every time you log into social media is not a good use of time and makes you worry you are wasting your life away. Instead of feeling that way, you should use FOMO as a way to shake things up and step out of your comfort zone.

Instead of feeling down in the dumps about missing out on the latest hangout or festivity, why not make your own experiences? Why not use that feeling of wanting to be out and about with your friends, and actually go out and do something for a change, allowing the fear of missing out leave your mind?

Step out of your comfort zone, you’ll be able to see that you are the thing that keeps holding yourself back. Go to that Zumba class you've been eyeing for weeks now. Join that club that you wanted to join, even though you feel like staying in and watching Bob’s Burgers for the millionth time.

When you see people doing something you want to do, or want to be a part of, maybe that is a sign that you should join in and test the waters.

Sometimes it's difficult being someone who tends to become more energetic when they spend time in their minds, recharging their 'batteries,' so to speak. I know that for me, sometimes even the thought of going out with a group can start draining my replenished energy. I can just imagine the small talk I'll have to endure, the conversations that I'll need to continue, and it makes me want to stay in for the night.

However, being an introvert doesn't necessarily mean being confined to the indoors, all alone. Maybe instead of jumping in, invite friends to hang out with you, in your own space.

Start pushing your limits a bit. That's how new memories and experiences come about. Who knows? You might even make a new friend or have experiences that you can remember in the future.

There shouldn't be pressure to always go out, but if you keep eyeing Instagram with jealousy, maybe it's time to expand your horizons and change your routine.

Instead of letting FOMO be an unhealthy presence in your life, take back the control and allow it to change your perspective.

Make friendships that can last for years and memories that can last a lifetime, but never forget that accepting who you are is better than trying to be someone who you are not. Accept your inner turtle, and other people's experiences shouldn't make you feel alienated. Surround yourself with people who get you and FOMO can totally be a thought of the past.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Simple 7-Step DIY Face Mask Combines Safety — And Sustainability

Instead of studying like I intended on doing today, I made a face mask for some reason and thought I'd share how I did.


If you were looking for a simple way to make a mask, I am happy to share how I personally make them. I have a pretty small face in general, so I prefer having my homemade ones so they fit better. This is also a great alternative to just throwing away any clothes! Before starting, you will need to make sure you have fabric, thread, a needle, and pins; if you have a sewing machine, you obviously could use that instead of hand sewing it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Ways To Handle The Stress Of Earning Your Degree From Your Childhood Bedroom

Oh so this was the room where I snuck cookies upstairs past my bedtime and stole R-Rated movies to watch when my parents were asleep and now I'm expected to earn my degree in this very same room?

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It's definitely not easy, but it's something so many kids are struggling with right now.

Keep Reading... Show less

November is such an underrated month. With all the excitement that comes with Halloween ending and the holiday season around the corner, some people skip over it and go straight to their Christmas playlist. For me though, November is the perfect time to compile a playlist of songs that bring on major nostalgia which I think is perfect for this time of year. If you're looking for something to get you in that thankful spirit before you head into the Christmas spirit or something to play while you enjoy Friendsgiving, here are some go-to songs to add to your November playlist.

Keep Reading... Show less

Taylor Swift is famous for her Easter eggs on social media that hint at what is coming next for her. Over the past few days, fans noticed a change in Swift's hair when she was accepting her win as Apple's songwriter of the year that was reminiscent of the "Red" era. Of course, this has caused widespread speculation that Swift has begun to re-record her masters.

Keep Reading... Show less

While joyful, the holiday season can also be stressful for many and that's A-O.K. Plus, with the added tension that is 2020, this year's holiday season is a lot, to put it simply.

This is your reminder to put yourself first and listen to what you're yearning for. Deep down, you know what you need to thrive and I know that you can get there.

Keep Reading... Show less

25 'Open When' Topics And Ideas For That Special Someone In Your Life

Open When Letters are letters you can give to your special someone.

Lauren McCally

Stuck on what to get the person you love the most?

And, well, let's be honest, is hard to shop for? Well then, why not send them some Open When Letters?

Keep Reading... Show less

My obsession with country music is easily one of my best personality traits.

I've grown up on country music, and it's always been a huge part of my life. I remember the day that my mom bought me my first country CD. Since that day, I've been hooked. I still watch the Country Music Awards faithfully each year. My fun fact for syllabus week is almost always related to my love of country music.

Keep Reading... Show less

Meet My Cat, Neville, Who Lives In Pennsylvania

Neville is just under two years old and is the snuggliest kitten you will ever met.


Neville is a Balinese cat I've had since he was 14 weeks old. He loves being carried around and spoiled. But most importantly, he loves nose boops.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments