Life Mental Health

Trying to Find Balance and The Fear of Missing Out

May 4, 2018

Trying to do everything can become overwhelming, but the fear of missing out is very real.

Last night I skipped an event I really want to go to because I had too much admin to catch up on. By the end of the night, I was still feeling like I hadn’t achieved much, and I was wondering why I didn’t just take a few hours off and go to the event.

Maybe I would have gone and cemented a business partnership or a collaboration but on the flip side, maybe I would have fallen further behind on my admin and felt, even more, overwhelmed the next day. I’ll never know what the right choice was, and sometimes that’s a difficult pill to swallow.

The amount of pressure we put on ourselves to achieve self-set goals can be staggering, it can damage our mental health and cause havoc on our relationships, but what do we do without set goals? What are we working towards? How are we growing?

In today’s fast-paced society what are you doing if you aren’t moving forward? If you aren’t pushing yourself?

As a blogger, I feel like I’m constantly under pressure to do more, or at least be ‘seen’ to be doing. When I started blogging in 2012 I would attend any event I was invited to, not that I was invited to many right at the start! I mean I would go to a letter opening because I thought that was just what had to be done to succeed. Now I know that’s not the key to success but it’s not all that far from the truth. This industry, like most others, is about networking, about building connections. And it’s pretty damn hard, not impossible, but pretty damn hard to build relationships and network when you are sat at home doing admin.

It’s all about finding balance within your work, and I don’t quite feel like I’m there yet.

I guess this is a reminder to myself and anyone else who puts too much pressure on themselves; go to the event, take some time out, it’s not going to be the end of the world if your admin is delayed by a day.

1 Comment

  • Reply Lauren May 5, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve started allocating myself proper time off every week to read blogs and watch a bit of telly and find it stops me procrastinating as much when I should be working so I’m a lot more productive! You’re right – you rarely regret going out and you only live once!

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