Most issues you have in your
life and most things you want to change have to do with beliefs you hold
unconsciously. Those beliefs drive your life.
If you always show up late,
it could be you believe no one will miss you, or it is not really important, or
you always get sidetracked.
If you go from one diet to
another and cannot stay at your target weight, it could be you believe other
desires are more important, or health and well-being are not priorities, or
you’ve always been overweight and it is difficult to change.
Social media is a
wonderfully easy way to stay connected with the people in your life, yet it has
the potential to increase anxiety and lead to a disconnection from oneself.
Why? FOMO. Fear of missing out.
The Oxford English
dictionary defines FOMO as:
“Anxiety that an exciting or
interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts
seen on a social media website.”
FOMO is endemic among the
millennial generation. The average college student spends 8 to 10 hours killing
time on their cellphone daily, and at least 24 percent of teenagers are online
“almost constantly,” cites Darlene McLaughlin, M.D., assistant professor at the
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a psychiatry and
behavioral health specialist.
The average U.S. consumer
now spends 5 hours a day on a mobile device, according to Flurry Analytics, a
mobile analytics company.
If you have a habit of
constantly checking email and social media posts, you could be susceptible to
the detrimental effects of FOMO as well.
Have you ever walked into
your kitchen for a late night snack and had an internal debate… Ice cream
or yogurt? Potato chips or veggies? A cookie or a pear?
If so, consider debating
yourself a little longer. It could help you make the healthier choice, suggests
a study published in Psychological Science.
According to psychological
scientists from the California Institute of Technology, your brain needs to
process various factors before deciding between foods, including tastiness,
calories, sodium content, and overall healthfulness. They hypothesized that the
brain processes concrete factors, such as taste, more quickly than abstract
factors, like healthfulness.