As I begin to recover from my busiest week of the entire year – the Hancock County Fair – I’ve been struggling to find a balance between doing enough without doing too much. If you have a chronic illness or disability, you probably understand this dilemma.
FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a real bummer. And it’s incredibly common among spoonies. Why are people with chronic illnesses so susceptible to FOMO? I think it has to do with the fact that our fears are warranted and are reinforced over and over again each time we miss an opportunity – whether it’s directly related to our illness or not.
After several years on the fair board, I decided to take a step back this year and simply volunteer. I know from 25+ years of experience that I tend to get carried away when fair season comes around. But like many things in life, the fair relies on an entire community of people to be successful, and it’s not my job to do it all.
2. Prioritize. Prioritize. Prioritize.
I’m focusing my attention on a well-curated calendar and learning to set boundaries to protect my time. That means I sometimes have to cut things that I care about from my schedule to make room for things I care more about. It’s a constant reminder that I can’t do everything, and that’s why the next step is so important.
Have you struggled with FOMO as a result of a chronic illness or disability? Share your tips for finding balance in a busy world in the comments!