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IT professionals often have to deal with the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) that can be a threat to their mental health.

What’s the problem with FOMO?

Because new tools, frameworks, or even programming languages are constantly emerging, it can be pretty hard to keep pace.

However, don’t believe the hype, as it can turn pretty bad sometimes: anxiety, low self-esteem, perhaps depression in the worst-case scenario.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit counter-intuitive in this IT business. For example, developers are constantly learning new things, and companies encourage them to update their skills regularly.

It’s easy to get distracted, as social platforms push new notifications like all the time.

It may look harmless, but this is actually serious, as the term “digital detox” is now quite common.

Generic recommendations

The following recommendations are not new but still useful, IMHO:

Don’t beat yourself up

It’s not that easy to avoid the FOMO, as there are various factors in conflict with your willingness, for example, social validation, money, or pressure on the job.

In these uncertain times, new technologies are coming, and articles love catchy slogans like “people will be replaced” or “this job is already dead.”

It’s debatable, perhaps wrong in most cases.

More practical ways to cope

Wrap up

Everybody can have the FOMO, especially developers. The constant threat to our mental health and the need for quick results sometimes push us towards risky behaviors.

The good news is you can mitigate this threat with the right approach. Don’t hesitate to test different solutions to find the right one for you.

In any case, you can’t have it all, so be ready to make some choices.