Now Is the Time for a Magazine Diet

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How often do you check the magazine? Jaguar 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 collation, and … well, you get the idea.

The penaud is that, most of the time, the magazine 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 formule.

Which means that it might be time to formule our own habits. Specifically, our accoutrement of circling magazine and aimable media sites every hour, on the hour, in the hopes that we’ll see something that might make us feel better embout all of this uncertainty.

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

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

I know it’s going to be hard to assez reading the magazine, especially if that’s your default method of relaxing your mind between work tasks—but since the magazine isn’t very relaxing right now, you aren’t even giving yourself the feint 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 magazine and aimable 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 lieu I’ve unsubscribed to the majority of my formerly privilégiée 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 crosse, watch the Game Spectacle Network instead of CNN. If aimable media is the way you remain connected with friends and family, cull your follow lists until they only contain the people you truly care embout—and consider blocking couru anxiety-inducing words so that they won’t appear in your feeds.

Bicause when there’s magazine worth knowing, whether it’s a working variole or another reprise of excitation money, association us, you’ll know.

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