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Unplug to Relax with a Magazine

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Sometimes you need to unplug to relax. Most of my hobbies consist of staring into an electronic device.

I notice that I never get the full relaxation the body needs. It’s time to change that and get back into some of the things I had enjoyed before gadgets took over.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Unplug to Relax with a Magazine and Summer Me time

In need of a Gadget Detox

Remember magazines? Oh my gosh, I used to have several subscriptions. I would enjoy the heck out of reading magazines. I cannot pinpoint the time that I stopped.

Even in waiting rooms now I look at my phone instead of grabbing a magazine from the table. Oh, I take that back.

The magazine articles I have read have been online. So, once again, retina-burning digital only.

Too much screen-time is taking its toll on me in many ways. My eyes are constantly dry and burning, I’m getting headaches more often, I know it’s not helping my depression, and it’s messing with my sleep.

I work 12+ hours every day. To unwind, I just grab more devices to stare at more screens. Time to change that.

Unplug to Relax with a Magazine and Summer Me time

It’s summer and time to make time for summer “me time.” Now, during the checkout lane at Food 4 Less, I will treat myself to a magazine.

There are so many places to go to unplug and plop down to read some entertainment in the warm summer sun.

I chose PEOPLE, but I also saw, Real Simple, Southern Living and PEOPLE Princess Diana: Twenty Years Later.

My magazine fits nicely in my purse. Instead of killing time with my phone, I will read my magazine to give my eyes a break.

A magazine is a great way to unplug to relax. I can read it by the pool without worrying about it getting wet.

I can catch up on topics I normally scan right past. I can even hand it over to a friend or donate the magazine to an office after I am done with it.

Plus, I learned some fun facts about celebs getting married, neon colors trending, and plenty of other interesting tidbits that give my brain a break from adulting responsibilities that cause stress.

Unplug to Relax with a Magazine and Summer Me time

Some other ways I plan to Unplug to Relax

  • Walk in the park.
  • Do a puzzle.
  • Paint on canvas. In my case, attempt to.
  • Dance for no reason.
  • Hammock daydreaming.
  • Stargazing.
  • Family board games.
  • Nature hikes.
  • Sit on my hubby’s boat while he fishes. 😉
  • Use the magazines to create a new vision board.
  • DIY projects and crafts.
  • Experimental baking.
  • Doggy dress up.

Bea with a Shark hat on

Those are just a few things that I personally find relaxing without the use of electronics.

Time seems to slow down a little when a gadget is not involved. Not sure why that is, but once I get on the computer there’s like a speed portal time warp situation.

If you feel the same way, I recommend slowing down a bit for the rest of the summer.

Make time for your #SummerMeTime.

Grab a magazine and plant your toes in the sand, sit on a beautiful park bench, or wherever your favorite place may be.

You can visit your local participating Kroger, Bakers, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food & Drug, Gerbes, Jay C, King Soopers, Owens, Pay Less, QFC, Ralph’s or Smith’s to receive $1.00 off 1 PEOPLE, Real Simple, Southern Living, or PEOPLE Princess Diana: Twenty Years Later magazine.

Do you feel like you need a digital detox sometimes?

How do you unplug to relax? 

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