For many of us, the only upside of Covid-19 was the downfall in FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. Instead of party snaps and palm trees, our insta feeds were filled with baking videos and solo walks.
With the phased return to normality, the return of FOMO is inevitable.
The lowering of restrictions and our return to social activities still brings a lot of uncertainty. How we return to our social lives is going to be different for everyone. Through social media, we are aware of what our friends and family are doing. It is understandable that we will compare, and possibly question our choices.
The fear of missing out
It might be the case that our family doesn’t want us to hang out with friends just yet. Meeting in groups may feel uncomfortable. Especially if some friends break the rules by hugging or standing too close. Getting a coffee or using public transport still requires some caution. There are lots of valid reasons why our return to being social again will be different to what we saw on social media during the pandemic.
Summer can be a time of loneliness for many young people without the usual routine. Now the addition of the effects of lockdown, we can feel completely out of the loop for social activities and catch ups. The summer can look like a long and lonely period of time.
Dealing with FOMO
We are all in this together but we can only make choices for ourselves. Do what makes you, and those you live with, feel safe and protected. If you’re feeling pressure to be more social, recognise where this is coming from. It could be comments from mates, or a snap you’ve seen on your feed. Social pressure often happens online or in a group setting, so it could be worth speaking to friends individually. Our friends should respect our decisions, as we should theirs. Explain your stance on social distancing. Together you can find ways to be social that are comfortable for everyone.
There are some safer ways to be social. Choose to meet in pairs rather than bigger groups. This also makes listening to each other, whilst two metres apart, a lot easier! Suggest a local bike ride together so the distance is easier to maintain. Maybe go for a “walk and talk” by calling friends for some company during your solo walk. Read more ideas on how to connect during Covid-19.