What is JOMO?
Embracing the joy of missing out for mental health
by Britt Turpack, mental health advocate and keynote speaker
The holiday slowdown is over. We’re back to work and deadlines and resolutions and hard resets and activities filling the calendars. It may be hard not to go full throttle into 2024, but I’m prioritizing my mental health by embracing JOMO, the joy of missing out.
What is JOMO?
JOMO isn’t about depriving yourself of experiences, but prioritizing the ones that really matter to you. It’s about doing less while simultaneously living more. Saying no to the things that distract us, waste our precious time, or cause unnecessary stress allow us to be more present in each moment, to feel our emotions, and build deeper connections with the people who matter to us.
Setting boundaries and rejecting the events, notifications, and internal pressures that don’t serve us for our highest good is one of the best things we can do for our mental health. Confidently saying “no" to something or someone that disrupts your peace is key. Peace is key. Ease. When it comes to mental health, I am always all about ease.
In a society that often glorifies business and constant connectivity, there's a serenity in finding contentment in what we choose not to do.
JOMO is more than just a trend; it's a conscious decision to prioritize our mental health and create space for genuine connection with ourselves and others. By stepping back from digital noise and social obligations, we can cultivate a sense of mindfulness, gratitude, and balance. A connection to self, which is the greatest connection of all.
Here are a few thoughts on how embracing JOMO can contribute to our mental well-being:
Create mindful presence
Choosing to be present in the moment allows us to savor life's simple pleasures and appreciate the beauty in the ordinary. Whether it's a quiet evening at home or a walk in nature, these moments of mindfulness contribute to a positive mental state. Experiencing these moments are what makes us feel alive.
Build authentic connections
Focusing on quality over quantity in our relationships is essential for mental well-being. JOMO encourages us to invest time in meaningful connections with family and friends, fostering a sense of community and support that enhances our emotional resilience.
Make time for self-care and rest
Recognizing the importance of rest and self-care is integral to maintaining good mental health. Embracing the joy of missing out on certain activities allows us to prioritize our well-being and recharge our minds and bodies. If your friends are going out and you know sleep is more important to you, just say “no.” Get the rest. You will thank your self tomorrow.
Reduce digital overload
Constant connectivity can contribute to stress and anxiety. JOMO encourages us to set boundaries, unplug, and find a healthy balance in our relationship with technology, fostering a more mindful and intentional use of our time.
Let's celebrate the beauty of saying “no" to the unnecessary and “yes” to the meaningful. By embracing the joy of missing out, we create space for a more balanced and mentally resilient life. We can lead a fulfilling life without filling every moment.
LivOn Labs is thrilled to partner with Britt Turpack as she helps organizations and individuals overcome impediments to success through mental health education, motivational speaking, and movement.
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- NAMI Representative (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- Peer Support Certified under NAMI
- 500 hour certified yoga teacher
- Lagree Certified Mat Pilates
- Certified Life Coaching Certification Southwest Institute of Healing Arts