“Many have commented that now we are out of strict lockdowns, FOMO will return, but it never really left,” Bari explains. “During the lockdown, you would see people posting about their walks, new hobbies, personal development and Zoom quizzes. So even though we weren’t allowed to socialise in person, people were finding ways of spending time together, which led to others being left out of these events, creating FOMO.”
To help manage FOMO, Dr McClaren advises taking time to work out what things really make you feel happy and good about yourself, rather than just doing what we think we should be.
“Once you’ve worked that out, you can concentrate on getting more of that, making you less likely to hanker after what appears to make other people happy. While FOMO is based on a positive instinct to give us better social lives, it has been hijacked and distorted in ways that leave us feeling chronically dissatisfied and unfulfilled.”