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Here's What You Should Do When You're Feeling Left Out

Be FOMO-free with these friendly tips!
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It sure is fun to be in a barkada. The bond that we share with our group of friends is something that adds unexplainable happiness to our lives. Although sometimes, we get so sidetracked by other matters such as school, family, relationships or extra-curricular activities that we fail to spend time with them. It's an unfortunate path, but this is where we usually start feeling left out. When we get unintentionally uninvited to hangouts and such because we're busy doing something else. The rejection leaves us getting hurt and offended but we can't help it if certain circumstances come up that needs prioritizing. But you don't have to live with the rejection for a long time; there are ways to fix the friendship rut that you're in. Here's what you should do when you're feeling left out.

  1. Find out why you're being left out in the first place.

If you're dead-serious about getting rid of feeling left out, you should get to the bottom of what's keeping your friends from including you in their hangouts. Could it be that you've rejected them so many times because you chose them over something or someone? You ask yourself this whenever you feel they shut you out. The best thing to do is to confront your friends about feeling left out, because from there, you would know what to do.

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  1. Manage your time properly.

One of the most common reasons we feel left out is because lose time for our friends. They're basically our second family and if you really want to show that you value them, it's important that we make time for them. You may consider yourself an extremely busy person but you have to challenge your productivity and manage your time properly. It helps to be extra hard-working and organized to fit your barkada into your schedule. Doesn't hurt to give them at least 2-hour chatty dinner, right?

  1. Take advantage of social media.

Group chats are one of the best things to have when you have FOMO or fear of missing out. It's made for friends who want to keep in touch no matter what. It's a great way to avoid feeling left out because through social media, you're constantly updated about your friends' lives without having to plan out a barkada date!

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  1. Be open to your friends about feeling left out.


Don't sit around and assume things as they are, talk to your friends about it. As mentioned before, confrontation will be really helpful. It gives everyone in the group an opportunity to air out emotions and personal thoughts. Work out the issue to find out how to address it properly. Who knows? It might only take a long-forgotten bonding session over shopping or a little catch-up session over coffee. If not, continue working it out until you've regained your friendship with your besties.

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  1. Assess if the friendship is worth saving.

Unfortunately, there are times wherein we're actually being left out by our friends and this is the perfect time to take a closer look at the situation. If your friends have been intentionally leaving you out, then you might want to think twice about staying friends with them. True friends don't exclude one another. You're in a barkada to belong to a group of people you share a special bond with, not to feel neglected or forgotten.

  1. Cut ties with people who deliberately leave you out.

If your assessment didn't go very well, it may be time to break up with your barkada who left you out on purpose. It's not a bad thing to cut ties with people; sometimes, it's good for us. Staying friends with people who makes us feel repressed is toxic. You shouldn't end up blaming yourself all the time as to why you'’re being left out. It could be that your friends have simply decided to cut you out, and if that's the case, you could also do the same.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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