Look out FOMO (The Fear of Missing Out), there’s a new kid in town and JOMO is WAY more fun.

If you haven’t yet heard of JOMO, the acronym stands for: The Joy of Missing Out. If ever there was a perfect time for ditching the need to keep up with what everyone in your social circle is doing, now is the time. The good news is that focusing on what you want to do instead of what others are getting up to can feel really good. These five easy switches will put you on the fast path toward a more joy-filled summer.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #1:

Trade Tech Time For Tree Time

After months spent in lockdown, many of us are still spending record time on our social media feeds. While social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family during physical distancing, it’s ok to press pause on informing your followers about what you’re up to. To see for yourself, try a phone-free hour or two in the woods at a Hamilton Halton Brant conservation area. You may be surprised by just how good time amongst the trees can make you feel. Read this article on Forest Bathing to learn more.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #2:

Trade Your Need for Speed for An Afternoon of Low Gear Living

While living life in lockdown may have limited the places we’ve been able to go, it hasn’t necessarily slowed us down. Whether it’s a schedule full of video calls or taking on the added responsibilities of homeschooling children, a growing to-do list may mean you’ve had to increase your speed. An afternoon float down a lazy river or paddle across a quiet lake is a wonderful way to shift into a lower gear. Taking a night off from kitchen duties and treating yourself to some takeout is a tasty way to also help slow your roll.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #3:

Trade Seeing and Hearing for Touching, Tasting and Smelling

The fear of missing out can put our eyes and ears on high alert. Instead of watching and listening for lost opportunities, lean into your senses of taste, smell and touch to inspire more moments of pure pleasure. Feel the sun warm your back as you explore Lake Ontario shorelines with a stand-up paddleboard rental. Dip your fingers into the cool water as you float down the Grand River. Bite into a freshly picked strawberry or peach. Breathe in the woodsy scent of cedar and pine while exploring a tree-lined trail.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #4:

Trade Busy Places for Quiet Spaces

To get away from the chaos of the crowd, consider bypassing busy beaches and jam-packed parks. Fortunately, Hamilton Halton Brant is overflowing with unique places where you can discover how good it feels to get away from it all. Turn your eyes to the sky and watch turkey vultures soar above the Niagara Escarpment. Set out on an afternoon cycle on an off-the-beaten path. Sit on a lakeside bench with an ice cream cone in hand and watch the waves dance across a lake as the sun sinks below the horizon. For the ultimate sink into solitude, pair your activity with an overnight escape at a local hotel or inn.

FOMO For JOMO Swap #5

Trade Their “Must Tries” For Your Own “Love It List”

As we scroll through our social media feeds, we’re often presented with products that influencers are being paid to promote. Instead of searching out their products, try using that time to seek out local finds that bring you your own brand of joy. Find a new favourite loaf of bread from a local bakery. Source some fresh beer, wine or cider picks made right here in Hamilton Halton Brant. Shop for handcrafted items in stores that would really appreciate your business right now. Curating and sharing your personal collection of favourite things is a fun summer pastime.

Share highlights of how you’re embracing the joy of missing out with us by tagging your pictures on social media with #stayandplayinhhb.

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Now thru September 17

Expressive Abstract Painting Party with Studio K2

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The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Date & Time: Third Wednesday each month, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Workshop Price: $50/person +HST

Now thru June 26

Trivia Nights at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.

Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.

65 Hatt Street, Dundas, ON, L9H 0C1

Dates & Times: Every Wednesday (Unless otherwise), 7:00pm - 8:30pm Free but reservations are recommended

April 22

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – Zazen Studio: An Herbal Approach to Easing Anxiety

ZaZen Meditation Studio 251 Lakeshore Rd. E. 2nd Floor. Oakville, ON L6J 1H9

Date & Time: Apr 22nd, 7:30pm to 8:30pm Free Event Registration Required

May 18 - October 13

On The Water with Six Nations Tourism

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Season Dates: May 18th to Oct 13th Length: 3 hours. All tours must be booked...

Now thru April 21

Winter Exhibit – Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Dates & Times: Jan 27th to Apr 21st Time-ticketed Event

Now thru January 1

Museums Burlington Online Galleries

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Now thru June 30

Winter Staycations in Brant

Brant Tourism

31 Mechanic St, Paris, ON N3L 1K1

Some winter activities but enjoy others all year round!

Now thru December 31

Music Bingo at Flux

Flux Brewing Company

185 Oakland Rd, Scotland, ON N0E 1R0

Date & Time: January 17th (1st bingo night of the year) $5 cover to join

Now thru December 31

Home of #99 Taste Adventure

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour is a five+ hour all-inclusive self-guided tour with all food, sips,...

April 21

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – Free Class: Hot HIIT Pilates

178 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville, ON L6J 1H6

Dates & Times: Apr 21st 2 Sessions Available: 10:00am to 11:00am or 4:00pm to 5:00pm...

Now thru May 29

Dance Fitness with Mindfulness & Movement

Dundas Museum & Archives

139 Park Street West, Dundas, ON, L9H 1X8

Dates: Every Wednesday and Saturday (Unless otherwise stated) Times: 7:00pm to 8:00pm Class Price: $10.00...

April 17

Harmonious Creation: Art and Sound Therapy Session

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Date & Time: Apr 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Session Price: $50.00

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