By: Caitlin Cheevers, Guest Blogger
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Is it just me, or does it seem like there never actually is any time during the holidays?
Time to relax, time to enjoy, time to finish everything before the end of the year. It’s just never there.
Shopping, holiday parties, and spending time with family all seem to be the number one priority, and working full-time means I don’t get a month off for the holidays any more.
Plus, coordinating schedules with mine and my boyfriend’s family means I’m always going to be missing out on something.
The holidays are definitely a time where Fear Of Missing Out, or FOMO, shows its ugly face.
A week ago I saw some pictures on Facebook of high school friends getting together for the holidays. And I had a really bad case of FOMO.
I started feeling really self-conscious, like my life wasn’t as good as theirs.
That’s when I realized I needed to take a step back and savor each moment, especially during the holiday season.
I was getting way ahead of myself. I haven’t talked to these people in four years; I only had one posed portrait to go off of. I have no idea what their lives are like now.
But I do know that mine is pretty great. Sometimes I just have to remind myself.
While I don’t have a big group of friends, the friends I spend time with really care about me.
And I might be missing out on some of my family’s events by spending time with my boyfriend’s family. But this also means I have two amazing families I get to spend my holidays with.
So while the holidays are typically a time when everyone is rushing from one place to the next, remember to slow down and appreciate everything you’re doing and everything you have.
When you’re at a holiday party, turn off your phone and simply be there.
When opening gifts at home, leave the television off. Enjoy each other’s company.
When stopped at a traffic light, rather than anxiously waiting for the light to turn, take some deep breaths and look at your surroundings.
While we’re experiencing FOMO, you’re actually missing out on the most important thing of all: your life.
So don’t let FOMO keep you from enjoying the holidays. Take in your surroundings and enjoy the time you have with friends and family.
After all, that’s what makes it the most wonderful time of the year.
Do your best to savor the season and ditch FOMO. Try one of Caitlin's awesome tips and tell us what you discover here!
Caitlin Cheevers is the entire marketing department at an office technology dealer in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her free time, she writes, designs, and publishes her own blog, www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com, where she obsesses over hockey, blogging, graphic design, DIY projects, Africa, feminism, books, travel, coffee, food, and possibly dinosaurs.