We live in an uber-busy world, where a jam-packed schedule is a badge of honor. Our surroundings are evolving faster than we can keep up (digital, social, cultural, environmental); there’s an ever-growing queue on our Netflix account, and ever-expanding To Do list, and too many emails or Slack messages to get through.
Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) runs us; it’s exhausting and takes a toll on our mental, emotional and physical health. But, what happens if we detach and instead practice JOMO (Joy of Missing Out)?
In my fast-paced NYC life, there is never a dull moment. As a Type A+, I look forward to the month of Ramadan as a chance to disconnect from the whirlwind around me, to take stock and engage with self, to practice JOMO.
What I did to practice the art of JOMO (and encourage others running a day-to-day fast-paced life):
Slow down! Recognize that we all need to slow down our pace once in a while. I unplugged from mentally and socially exhausting activities.
Unplug. Allow technology to work for you and not the other way around. You can respond to a friend’s text a day later. (I give you permission.) I refused to be a slave to my smart devices.
Declutter. If there is something that doesn’t bring you joy, let it go. This holds true for every aspect of life, not just your closet.
Block the noise. I stayed in silence, “music” for my over-stimulated ears.
Be accountable. Have someone committed to your plan; no one can do it alone. I leaned on a friend to keep me true to my Ramadan objectives.
Center yourself. Be mindful and savor the moment. I celebrated me.
Thirty days later, the sweet calm of Ramadan allowed me to meet the challenge of daily grind with equanimity and some modicum of peace, which I can now carry into the changing tides and uncertainty of the future. And I look forward to this kind of soul-replenishing respite even more than my famous “glam” vacations!
What kinds of soul-nourishing things do you do when the eye of the storm is upon you?