I will be the first to admit that I am a huge homebody. My friends laugh at me because I really am like a 95-year-old woman, who would be perfectly happy with a nice cup of tea, a cozy blanket, a front porch swing, and living a slow life.
But one of the biggest problems with being a 20-something homebody is dealing with FOMO or the fear of missing out. It can be really hard to be more introverted or a homebody and still make the most of your life, and still ensure that you are actually living and not missing out on making experiences.
So I have come up with my top three tips to beat the FOMO, get you out of the house, and make the most of new experiences.
One of the big things I have had to do to ensure that I am not experiencing FOMO and just staying in my house all day is to challenge myself; challenge myself to get out more, to do more, to try more, to say yes more, and to just be more.
A huge part of FOMO comes from not saying yes to opportunities when they arise and later regretting it. So challenging yourself to actively experience more can be hugely beneficial. Something as simple as saying that you will do one social activity a week can really help if you feel like you are missing out on fun social experiences.
Just Do It
Another one of the tips I cannot recommend enough is to just force yourself to do things. Now I know that that is easier said than done. But forcing yourself to just go out and have experiences not only ensures that you aren’t missing out but, just like challenging yourself, the more you do it the easier it becomes and the less difficult leaving home will feel.
Taking action on the things that make us feel uncomfortable, like leaving the house, will help you become more confident about doing new things, and help prevent you from the fear that you are missing out.
Have A Partner
The last tip I recommend is to have an accountability partner or someone who you can count on to help you get up and out of the house. Having someone who can help hold you accountable to new experiences will help guarantee that you are getting out into the world and not experiencing FOMO. I mean, after all, a huge part of FOMO is the fear of missing out on experiences with the people you care about. So having one of them serve as your “homebody helper” helps to make sure that you don’t get caught up in the cycle of missing out on actually having fun.
Being a homebody doesn’t have to mean that you miss out or experience FOMO, but it does mean that sometimes you may have to try a little harder or remind yourself to leave the house more often. But here is the thing: none of those things
So if you are a homebody who has been feeling the FOMO a little too strong lately try these tips and remember that you are making memories and a life worth living. Now get out there and have an amazing time.