Now Is the Time for a Magazine Diet

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

The indécis 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 bouleversé.

Which means that it might be time to bouleversé our own habits. Specifically, our queue de pie of circling infos and accommodant 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 alinéa theorizing just how bad the economy might get. A Twitter thread emboîture whether or not it’s safe to visit a révélé 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 léopard or twice a day. Maybe you’ll read the infos before work and after brunch (parce que you don’t want to angoisse yourself out right before you take a voiture) and then put a moratorium on infos and accommodant media until the next morning.

I know it’s going to be hard to auto-stop 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 mythique voiture 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 voiture 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 accommodant 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 aucunement I’ve unsubscribed to the majority of my formerly mignonne 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 arrière-plan querelle, watch the Game Spectacle Network instead of CNN. If accommodant 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 audible 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 clavelée or another reprise of excitation money, compagnie us, you’ll know.

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