1. You want to stay at work late.
Being the last one to leave on Friday could sound like it’s a good thing — you might tell people you’re preparing ahead for Monday or that you’re waiting for traffic to die down.
GO HOME! You worked hard and avoiding Friday FOMO by working even more is only going to make you feel worse. It’s self-sabotaging. Every extra hour you spend at work is one less hour of enjoying your weekend.
2. You think maybe you have no “real” friends.
Who are you kidding? Your coworkers are NOT your friends! After you spend 40-60 hours with the same people, it’s normal to feel a little separation anxiety. With so many tasks at work, and people to deal with – suddenly you see a break and it might feel like, “now what?”
It’s important to remember that time with friends is going to feel different. The pace might be faster or slower. There might be plans on the calendar or there not be. Don’t let your work ethic fool you into thinking that your social life isn’t great because the phone’s not ringing.
3. Everybody on social media looks so busy.
They’re totally not — They’re just as lonely and tired as you are. But after a long work week, maybe they happened to have a concert ticket, or a birthday dinner! And they’re going to want to everybody to know with hundred of selfies.
Nobody wants to be defined by their workplace behavior. So they overcompensate.
4. You tell people you’re sleepy and that you’re going to bed.
If you can go to work every morning, tired AF, force yourself to put your game-face on after 4 hours of sleep — you can put the same effort toward making quality time with yourself, your family, or your friends.
SO treat yourself! Take a friend to dinner. Invite a friend over to Netflix/Chill. Take a bubble bath and sing Mariah Carey songs.
DISCONNECT from the week. You’ll be so much happier on Monday.
5. You feel like everybody forgot about you.
Well, in a way, they did during the week. But you forgot about them too! You had deadlines, meetings, presentations, you were NOT thinking about them all week.
So don’t get upset that nobody’s texted you yet! Take out your phone and text them. Let people know you remembered them, and that like to spend time with them.
Your never feel Friday FOMO ever again.
Chris Lee PMHMP-BC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the founder of DreamCloud Psychiatry in Miami Beach, Florida.
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