Millennials are all about instant gratification. Or at least that鈥檚 the bad rap we鈥檝e been given. So when we鈥檙e worrying about FOMO (AKA Fear of Missing Out), the unofficial official emotion of our generation, abstract tips on how to avoid the feeling 鈥 like 鈥減ractice discernment鈥 or 鈥渆njoy the process鈥 (yes, we actually found this advice online) 鈥 are just not going to cut it. So that鈥檚 why we鈥檙e here: to provide you with tangible, legitimate ways to tackle FOMO. Try out these four tricks the next time you catch yourself fearing you鈥檙e missing out.

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1. Recognize the reality of social media. Bear with us; this sounds more abstract than it really is. A good way to catalyze this much-needed epiphany is by considering what you post on your own social media feeds. You鈥檇 post a picture of you and your S.O. out to dinner for your anniversary, but you sure as hell wouldn鈥檛 post a picture of you waking up on your couch after a colossal fight. Basically, social media usually only shows us one (the most positive) side of someone鈥檚 life. FOMO is entirely grounded in the misguided comparison of our failures to others鈥 successes. Once you understand and accept this, FOMO will find its way out the door. Remind yourself of this fact every time it returns, and eventually, it鈥檒l stay gone.

2. Shut it off. There鈥檚 a reason the word FOMO was added to the dictionary as recently as 2013: The advent of social media and our consequent ability to keep tabs on one another鈥檚 lives has completely exacerbated the phenomenon. Simple solution: Go tech-free for the day, weekend, week, or however long you need. Many jobs won鈥檛 allow this entirely, so at least eliminate social media by 鈥 gasp! 鈥 deleting the apps from your phone or just practicing some serious self-restraint. This will probably be much more difficult than you expect at first (and a serious wake-up call to your reliance on social media as a time killer). But soon enough, your thumb won鈥檛 be gravitating to your social media app folder as soon as you unlock your phone, and it鈥檒l make all the difference.

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3. Don鈥檛 let yourself miss out. Not everything you鈥檙e envious of on your feed is going to be attainable, but that doesn鈥檛 mean you can鈥檛 make some sort of effort. You may not be able to take a trek to Thailand 脿 la your fave travel blogger, but you can get outdoors, immerse yourself in nature鈥檚 accessible beauty, and forget, if even for a minute, why you felt like you needed to fly halfway across the globe to have a good time. The ways to fill your time are endless, so don鈥檛 opt for lying on your couch and thumbing through your Instagram.

4. Embrace gratitude. Keeping a gratitude journal might seem like nothing short of a chore to some of us, but taking note 鈥 even if it鈥檚 just figuratively 鈥 of all the things we have to feel grateful for in our lives each day is important, especially when trying to squash FOMO. Believe it or not, there are probably some things you鈥檝e got going on that have prompted your followers, friends, etc. to feel their own FOMO at some point or another. (Not that that鈥檚 the goal, but you get the point.) Reminding yourself of life鈥檚 blessings, both big and small, will instantly make you realize you鈥檙e really not missing out on anything at all.

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