Journal about the positive
Keeping a diary reminds you that no matter what you have or don’t have—or have yet to achieve—you still have so much to be thankful for. “At the end of every day, write down three things you’re grateful for. It trains your brain to think in a more positive and present way about your life,” says Robi Ludwig, PsyD, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and author of Your Best Age is Now. As you write, says Ludwig, remember that most of the stuff you worry about doesn’t happen anyway. Chinwe Williams, a licensed professional counselor and associate professor at Argosy University, adds: “Expressing yourself through writing can help to ease mental discomfort by releasing negative, destructive emotions. It enhances your self-awareness and understanding of what is deeply meaningful to you.” Plus, writing keeps you away from your phone and computer, which can be huge FOMO triggers.
Avoid comparions—especially to celebs
“Just because someone is a celebrity or a millionaire doesn’t mean they are happy or fulfilled. Life is hard for everyone in different ways,” says Dr. Ludwig. “No one has a perfect life, regardless of how things look on the outside. Develop a philosophy of life to remind yourself that you really are where you need to be. It’s good to be able to stop and pause and appreciate all the things you’ve created for yourself already.”