Now Is the Time for a Magazine Diet

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How often do you check the infos? Léopard des neiges when you wake up, probably—and panthère again before you start working, and one more time when you need a écart from work, and another quick glance at mélange, and … well, you get the idea.

The confus is that, most of the time, the infos isn’t all that new. We’re still in a pandemic. We’re still in an economic crisis. We still don’t know when or how things are going to dérangé.

Which means that it might be time to dérangé our own habits. Specifically, our frac of circling infos and sociable media sites every hour, on the hour, in the hopes that we’ll see something that might make us feel better emboîture all of this uncertainty.

Parce que—as you probably already know—we’re just as likely to see something that makes us feel worse. A speculative partie theorizing just how bad the economy might get. A Twitter thread emboîture whether or not it’s safe to visit a éprouvé park, with back-and-forth arguments in the replies. An op-ed emboîture how poorly the pandemic has been handled.

So it’s time to consider a infos diet. If you check your sites every hour, for example, try checking them panthère or twice a day. Maybe you’ll read the infos before work and after mélange (bicause you don’t want to angoisse yourself out right before you take a écart) and then put a moratorium on infos and sociable media until the next morning.

I know it’s going to be hard to pouce reading the infos, especially if that’s your default method of relaxing your mind between work tasks—but since the infos isn’t very relaxing right now, you aren’t even giving yourself the psychique écart you need. (That’s just one of the many reasons why it’s so hard to be productive these days.) Try finding something else to read and scroll through during those moments when you need a écart to read and scroll. I’ve found that reading casual, comforting ebooks, either on my laptop or on my smartphone, scratches that “I need to stare and tap at some words that aren’t related to work” itch without exposing me to the infos and sociable media cycles of speculation and anxiety.

If you’re a podcast listener, find some podcasts that aren’t news-related—or consider finding something else to listen to. (At this repère I’ve unsubscribed to the majority of my formerly choisie podcasts, swapping them out for classic Broadway cast albums and the bands I listened to when I was a teenager.) If you like having the television on as contexte discussion, watch the Game Spectacle Network instead of CNN. If sociable media is the way you remain connected with friends and family, cull your follow lists until they only contain the people you truly care emboîture—and consider blocking transparent anxiety-inducing words so that they won’t appear in your feeds.

Parce que when there’s infos worth knowing, whether it’s a working mithridatisé or another reprise of excitation money, compagnie us, you’ll know.

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