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Things to help you relax into alone time when FOMO hits


There are plenty of ways to enjoy your alone time (Picture: Getty)

We’ve all been there: no plans on a weekend, but it looks as though the whole world is out living its best life.

And deep down, we know plenty of others are feeling the FOMO too and that social media is hardly a good indicator of the reality of someone’s life.

But still, there’s the potential for feelings of sadness and loneliness to be triggered.

Why don’t we just agree that ‘boring’ days are necessary?

To recharge yes, but also to build up a muscle for independence and doing things alone, even if they’re small and simple.

On an ideal day, we might even be able to avoid feeling phased by the anxiety of what everyone else is doing (though it’s totally normal).

To help you get there, these are some of things that help Metro’s lifestyle team when FOMO hits.

Sanctuary Spa De-Stress Magnesium Bath Salts

Indulge in aromatherapy (Picture: Amazon)

Get it for £7.99 from Amazon.

If you have the luxury of being able to access a bath, make use of it by having a long relaxing soak.

These bath salts dissolve quickly and are scented to encourage relaxation.

Chelsea Peers NYC Zebra Satin PJ Set

Make bedtime about luxury (Picture: Chelsea Peers NYC)

Get it for £48 from Chelsea Peers NYC.

Getting dressed up doesn’t have to be reserved for going out – sometimes you can feel just as good in a fine set of sleepwear.

One Hundred Years by Jenny Lewis

Let a photo book distract you (Picture: Hoxton Mini Press)

Get it for £17.95 from Hoxton Mini Press.

If you’re craving the company of people but that’s not an option, dive into this photo series book that offers glimpses into the lives of Hackney residents, aged from 0-100 years old.

Oliver Bonas Sage Green Essential Oil Electric Aroma Diffuser

This diffuser is pretty even before the aroma hits (Picture: Oliver Bonas)

Get it for £45 from Oliver Bonas.

If FOMO has you feeling anxious, turn to things that make you calmer.

This stylish essential oil diffuser will make your environment more zen, and hopefully you too.

Nailberry L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer in Simplicity

Small things can have a big impact on your mood (Picture: Lookfantastic)

Get it for £14.50 from Lookfantastic.

Sometimes we just need something to do something to cure the boredom, and it could be as effortless as spending 10 minutes painting your nails.

Nailberry polishes have a unique formula which makes them kinder to nails than many other polishes, and Simplicity is an easy shade to wear.

LELO Enigma

Take the opportunity for undisturbed masturbation (Picture: Lookfantastic)

Get it for £169 from Lookfantastic.

One way to make the most of your alone time is to turn to self-pleasure.

LELO’s latest toy is waterproof and hits different points simultaneously, so you could take it to the bath if that’s also a feature of your fighting FOMO plan.

With Every Atom Kuroneko Yoga Mat

Let exercise ground you (Picture: Urban Outfitters)

Get it for £65 from Urban Outfitters.

Whether yoga or another form of exercise is your vibe, get on a mat and enjoy both the grounding benefits of working out and the rush of endorphins.

This padded mat is designed to look like you’re in water for an extra calming effect.

Luster by Raven Leilani

Get lost in a book (Picture: Waterstones)

Get it for £12.99 from Waterstones.

Sometimes the best way to feel better is to get absorbed in something else – like a story.

Luster is new fiction release that was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

It’s available as an audiobook too, should you want to listen on the move.

Diptyque Baies Candle

Sit by the glow of a candle (Picture: SpaceNK)

Get it for £29 from SpaceNK.

Novel as it is, the glow of a candle can bring a lot of comfort.

This is perhaps one of the most famous ones bougie candles out there, so as well as the glow, you’ll be getting a beautiful home fragrance.

Roberts Revival Bluetooth Digital Radio

Vintage meets modern (Picture: John Lewis)

Get it for £199 from John Lewis.

Get some background noise going so you feel less alone.

This particular radio is an aesthetically pleasing investment.

DECLÉOR Cica-Botanic Mask

Hydrate and soothe skin (Picture: Lookfantastic)

Get it for £34 from Lookfantastic.

If you’re not going to be seen by anyone, you may as well go all in on your skincare routine.

Cica is a soothing ingredient that works to strengthen the skin barrier.

This best thing about this mask? You don’t even need to wash it off – simply pat away the excess.

LEGO Bonsai Tree

Play isn’t just for kids (Picture: LEGO)

Get it for £44.99 from LEGO.

Try something new and creative, like this 878 piece set that will keep you occupied for hours.

Kocktail Summer Spritz Selection Box

Make plans for another day (Picture: Kocktail)

Get it for £29 from Kocktail.

It’s always good for your headspace to have positive things to look forward to.

So get in touch with friends and find a date for you to share cocktails, then get this kit ordered.

Busy and sociable days are coming.

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