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May 26, 2022

Weekend reads: Feeling lonely? Try putting your phone down.

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    How to become a morning person, the case for eating alone at restaurants, and more.

    Vivian Le's reads

    Can sabbaticals cure burnout? Although vacation days are nice, the two weeks off workers usually get are likely not long enough to allow them to rest, especially if they're burned out. Now, instead of taking a short vacation, some people are spending months away from their jobs on sabbaticals. Writing for The Atlantic, Joe Pinsker explains how sabbaticals can help people reinvigorate themselves, reflect on their lives outside of work, and heal from burnout.

    The case for eating alone at restaurants. Despite social conventions suggesting otherwise, eating alone in restaurants can be rewarding, especially when you travel to new places. Writing for the Washington Post, Chris Dong explains why eating alone can enhance your dining experience, allowing you to take in details that you might have otherwise overlooked if you were with someone else.

    Alyssa Nystrom's reads

    How to become a morning person. According to CDC, more than one-third of adults regularly fail to get the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep every night, making it difficult to wake up early. Writing for the New York Times, Anahad O'Connor offers tips to help individuals with night-owl tendencies form new habits and become an early bird.

    Feeling lonely? Try putting your phone down. In recent years, studies have shown that teenagers and adults in the United States have increasingly reported feelings of loneliness—even though they are "hanging out" with friends online more often—but experts have said that this type of interaction is "not the same social connectedness we need and not the kind that prevents one from feeling lonely." Writing for the New York Times, Tish Harrison Warren explains the benefits disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with friends, family, and nature.

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