The Guilt of Missing Out


The Guilt of Missing Out

Every day we make many decisions that impact emotional wellbeing. Because there are always two sides to the coin, our choices bring tradeoffs that can cause internal conflicts. 

For example, 

  • Should I go shopping or should go I spend time at home?
  • Should I do a job, or should I open a business?

When we keep focusing on what we could miss, we miss the fun and happiness in what we are doing now. Our guilt increases, and if our choice doesn’t result in a superior outcome, we regret our decisions and become stuck. 

A quick tip is to ask the purpose of making each choice. Our minds can go back in time if we want, and we can imagine and feel the consequences of every choice. Asking the purpose of a choice helps us understand the deep meaning, and sometimes that’s all we need. 

For example, 

Going Shopping
Why – Will buy new things
Why – will enjoy the time
So what – Get Happiness

Staying at home
Why – Will stay with family
Why – will enjoy the time
So what – Get Happiness

In the above example, the deeper purpose in both cases is to get Happiness. 

Living a confusing life can impact our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Having the clarity of why we want to do things one way can align us to our values and keep us congruent.

Will it matter in the long run which choices you make if they both give you the same result? 

Think about your guilt of missing out and how it’s impacting your life and those of others around you. If a choice is a mistake, learn from it; if the choice is getting you the outcomes you want, keep doing them. 

Like time, the only direction we can move towards is in the future. 

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