It’s well known that stress is very bad for a human body and mind. But recent trends in psychology circles has now replaced stress with FOMO. This is because it has replaced stress as the number one problem anyone under 40 is experiencing.
First, lets define FOMO: We are not referring to the definition “fuck off; move on,” but the Fear of Missing Out. Or, anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. Not to blame all FOMO on social media, but lets face it, social media is probably at the root of it.
Long-term FOMO can wreck your nervous system through something called a ‘cyclic adrenaline rush.’ It can cause damage to tissues in the body that leads to inflammation. It can mimic a headache, achy neck, ulcer, allergies, and diminished sexual desire. That last one is a biggie!
Eventually, your body will adapt to a continued state of FOMO by producing an excess amount of a hormone called cortisol. Too much FOMO over time, can cause burn out and accelerate the aging process, harm your immune system, and even shrink vital brain tissue resulting in memory loss and problems with concentration.
But can FOMO kill you? Yes. Chronic FOMO can cause heart disease. It is a can cause heart attacks and arterial disease. It contributes to high blood pressure (hypertension), a risk factor for cardiovascular problems such as heart failure and sudden cardiac death and heart enlargement. And FOMO can create long-term depression which significantly increases the risk of heart disease. Among other effects, it actually triples the diseases caused by smoking!
So how do you avoid dying from FOMO? HWhere are 15 Ways to manage your FOMO by Adnan Manzoor. But the bottom line is setting priorities. The trick is to think of what is really important to you in the long run; knowing what a jackass said about you on Facebook, or planning for work or school tomorrow?