How to avoid FOMO when you're single

During the holidays, it's always mega-easy to get caught up in someone else's relationship. You can't help but get excited when you see your bestie posting pics with her bae on Instagram at the Christmas tree farm or when your fave celeb couple shares a latke selfie on Snapchat.

If you're not coupled up, it can feel like you're missing out. But your single status doesn’t have to be something that leaves you feeling down in the dumps. Instead, it can be an excuse to spend time with your friends, do what you love and invest in personal growth.

Spend time learning a new skill.

Always wanted to pick up the guitar and pen your own Taylor Swift-esque ballads? Find somewhere you can take lessons. Thought about auditioning for the play last year? Actually do it this year. Who knows? You may even meet someone interesting in the process.

Plan a girls’ night in.

The best cure for loneliness is usually a night in with your ride or die besties—no boys allowed. We’re talking an evening of watching so-bad-they’re-good” chick flicks, rocking sweats, eating your favorite junk food and coming up with the perfect ship names for your celebrity crush pairings. Bask in the judgment free-zone that is your inner-circle and feel free to let out your silly side. You can be sure by the end of the night your single status will be the last thing on your mind!

Take yourself out.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how empowering going out solo can feel. Next time your friends aren’t available, don’t let the fact that you don’t have a go-to bae to adventure with get you down. Instead, take yourself to that new movie you’ve been dying to see or splurge on a ticket to your favorite artist’s concert. The best part of treating yourself is that you don’t have to take anyone else’s needs into account; you do you!

Forgo social media.

Social media allows us to connect with each other on a level that was unheard of just a few decades ago. While our ability to share what we’re up to with one another 24/7 has many positives, a downside is that it can lead to a sense that we’re missing out (a.k.a. FOMO). Putting your phone on airplane mode every once and in while can help you to appreciate where you are and who you’re with in the moment. Think of how much more vivid your descriptions of you experiences will be when you share them with your crush in the future if you truly relish them now.

How do you avoid feeling lonely when you’re single? Tell us in the comments below!

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by Katherine Logan | 12/12/2018