When I went away to college I was blessed by finding myself a part of a wonderful community. I literally had something to do every night with someone. I rarely ever ate a meal alone. & I always had someone to talk with and process my day with. I felt so involved and was constantly invited to be a part of other people’s lives. It was a wonderful experience.
I have realized, however, it had a consequence on me. Since I was constantly surrounded by other people and involved in so much I think that I felt like I was always on the inside. & that made me develop a mad case of FOMO. Fear of Missing Out. This commercial better explains FOMO and some of it’s symptoms.
So now that I’ve been so open and vulnerable with you. I want you to ask yourself…Do I have FOMO? You see, my roommate works nights and my boyfriend has 2 jobs so there are often nights where I find myself at home by myself. This used to terrify me. Feeling like I’m all alone at home and there is so much going on out in the world that I am missing out on. But, I have come up with a little treatment plan that involves things other than binging on Netflix to help others that might share this struggle with me.
1. Read a darn book. & something with substance. Whether it be a biography, or inspirational novel o, The Bible, or a book about your industry or trade. Read. Anything. Currently I am reading The Spy Who Loved which is a biography about Christine Granville who was a courageous woman who wanted to do her part during World War II and became a spy.
2. Study your trade. Does your work have any online training you can do at home? Is there anything you can do that isn’t too stressful? Like write thank you notes to your customers or even just go over things to get you ready for the day or week ahead?
3. Cook for the future. Do you have a favorite soup that is a little time consuming to make? Throw it together and make it while you’re going to be home. Then separate it into single servings in freezer safe containers. I use these glass 13oz containers. Now if you ever have a craving for it but don’t have the time to make it, you can take one or two servings out of the freezer, heat it up in a sauce pan, and enjoy.
4. Get creative. I am not necessarily an expert in arts & crafts – but every once in a while it can be very soothing. You don’t have to get crazy. There are lots of little things that you can do that are simple and a one night project that the least creative person in the world can do. I like to make these seasonal yarn wreaths from time to time.
5. Plan your next home improvement project. Home owning is work. & there are always things to do. If I have a project I want to work on, it takes a lot of brainstorming and planning. Nights in the house are always good nights to figure out logistics.
6. Budget. & what to home improvement projects take? Money! Plan it out! As well as all your other monthly expenses. I’m a firm believer in budgeting and balancing my checkbook. I feel that these are things that are no longer stressed in our lives that are very important. To me, at least.
7. Hand write letters to your friends. This is another lost art. It’s so much fun getting mail and sending mail so every once in a while I like to get out my stationary and send some of my college friends a hand-written letter.
8. Get in touch with your emotions. I am a firm believer in a good cry. & I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s something I would recommend to just about anyone. How do you go about this, you ask? Well, thanks to YouTube, it’s actually pretty easy. All you have to do is search for the following:  proposal videos  wedding videos  soldiers returning & surprising their families  soldiers being reunited with their dogs  some music videos like this one:
9. Just Be. I’m not sure if this is something everyone does, or just a Dana thing. But there are some nights where I just can’t process anything and I just need to be. So I just turn on some worship music and hang out. maybe I lay down. Maybe I sing and worship along. Maybe I read my Bible. But the main goal is to just shut out the world and relax.
10. & if absolutely none of these things work. Then I guess there is always Netflix and Hulu.