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Unwind Offline On Demand

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Available Programming

Unwind Offline

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your phone? Are you constantly “checking” social media but also craving time without it? You are not alone! Come to Unwind Offline to: Understand why it’s so hard for everyone to put their phone down Discuss positive and negative ways our device use impacts health and well-being. Get tips on how to maximize the pros and minimize the cons of your device.


Our Unwind Offline education raises awareness about how constant social media engagement prevents important moments of boredom (boredom inspires creativity) and can take away from meaningful interactions and experiences. During this time of physical distancing, we are all less likely to experience FOMO but we know that social connectedness is essential.

Create opportunities to authentically connect with others. This could be as simple as a Facetime session with friends, exploring online experiences, or writing and sending an actual letter!

Write a list of all of the things you can do away from your phone and try them. When you pull out your phone, ask yourself why you are doing so and what you could do instead and then go do it!

Challenge yourself to limit screen time. We know that using devices more than 2 hours a day can negatively impact our mental health. Check out your daily usage patterns and set a goal to decrease use of your non-productivity apps.

Protect your sleep. Devices can prevent us from feeling sleepy (from the blue light), encourage an active brain in bed, and wake us up with notifications. Be sure to tuck your phone in somewhere away from your bed (outside of the bedroom is best) at least an hour before your desired bedtime.


On Demand Resources

If you are looking to make major changes, check out these resources and start breaking up with your phone today!

Learn how to break up with your phone with this 7 day challenge!

Follow @screenlifebalance for constant reminders in your Instagram feed!

Tune into the JOMO(cast) to learn how to thrive in the digital age. Join digital mindfulness expert Christina Crook and leading founders, creators, and thought leaders as they talk about embracing the joy of missing out to flourish in a rapidly-changing world.

Watch Dr. David Greenfield explain the science behind our device addiction.

Curious about how much is too much when it comes to your device use? Check out this video – “How do I know if I am spending too much time on my smartphone?”

Trying to get great grades? Watch this video on phones and focus. “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity”.

Looking for tips to use your phone less? Watch this great video on “How I cured my phone addiction”.

Mental Obesity – a good way to describe how our brains are constantly taking information in without processing, reflection, or filtering quality of content.


Many of our workshops will be available in live virtual sessions, or by being pre-recorded. We ask that the distribution of any recorded programming be only distributed to the intended audience and NOT used in the future beyond spring semester 2020. Once normal operations resume, we want to be able to offer our usual in-person, interactive, and effective programming in the format where it is best received. If you have any questions or concerns, please email hokiewellness@vt.edu.