Fibromyalgia and the Fear of Missing Out

Fibromyalgia and the Fear of Missing Out
Through the Fog Perhaps you've heard of FOMO, the fear of missing out, and the negative emotions attached to it. After all, no one wants to feel like they're missing out. But those of us suffering from fibromyalgia understand this fear all too well. We fear we're missing out on so many things in life and it can paralyze us. I'd like to offer an alternative: JOMO, or the joy of moving on. There really is joy available when you choose to move on and not stay stuck in “what ifs” and asking “why me” or “why can't I,” among other negative self-conversations. I found that in wallowing in the broken record of wanting my life back and the ability to do what I wanted, my emotions tended to spiral downward. It's only when I accepted my diagnosis and trusted that God had a plan even for this that joy began to bloom. That required redefining the things that make me happy. I also had to be conscious of the things I was grateful for, both big and small. I got creative and wrote down all the things that brought me joy. I try to refer to this list often. I've also started a gratitude journal, writing down three things at the end of the day that I'm thankful for. Even if I can find only one, that's OK, I write it down. Sometimes it's as simple as being thankful for
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