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September 09, 2020

Do You Need a Digital Detox?

You’ve heard it a million times the last few months: technology is keeping us connected while we have to stay apart.

While we are thankful for Zoom meetings without the trip to work, FaceTime calls with grandma without her lipstick smeared kiss on our cheek and IG live workouts seconds after rolling out of bed, we have to wonder… is it all just a bit too much?

As we approach the weekend, our small team at Willy has decided to take a digital detox in an effort to recharge our minds and bodies. Don’t worry, your orders will still ship before we check out!

Want to join in? Here are a few healthy tips for a digital detox:


Ask Yourself: Do I Have a Problem?

Are you constantly responding to texts and emails? Whoever invented emails should be fired out of a catapult. Maybe they were a good idea at the time, but no one anticipated the boss being able to message everyone “Is this seriously what we’re running with” at 11:30 at night when you should be falling asleep to Parks and Rec reruns

Are you constantly comparing yourself to others on social media? Of course you are. Everyone is a hot chef living in Sardinia on Instagram.

They really should invent an app where you’re only allowed to post pictures of yourself when you’re broke, hungover and have a bad haircut.

Are you suffering from insomnia or restless sleep? Turns out, our little ape brains are wired to think that bright lights=daytime, so it’s really not great to stare at a brightly glowing box twenty minutes before bedtime.

Is fomo an issue with you? Uh oh. Are your friends having more fun than you? I hear Travis and Bennet are roller skating, eating pizza and practicing cool guy handshakes. But you’re just sitting there, reading this article… Hmm…


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The tricky thing about a digital addiction is that smartphones are baked into all aspects of modern life. Try dating without a phone—maybe you can spin the novelty of being ‘the off the grid phoneless guy’ for a week before people realize it’s just annoying.

So in lieu of throwing your phone out the window, or threatening to move to Alaska for the fifteenth time, you may be better off making it a little harder for yourself to get hooked.

Change your phone settings
Automatic notifications are designed to grab your attention away from reality.

Most of them can be turned off, boosting your mental health and ability to focus on the present.


Set Limits

A digital detox doesn’t mean you need to abstain from your social media feeds and your devices entirely. After all—if no one sees your picture of brunch, did you really eat it?

Shut off your phone during meals and family time. We’ve all felt the strange muscle memory of grabbing the phone, opening it, not realizing we had any idea of what we intended to do with it and just sort of scrolling around. Asking your partner ‘how was your day’ and half-listening to the response is still closer to a real human interaction than anything else you were doing.

Set a bedtime or timers for social media and your devices. There are many apps that put timers and limits in place on other apps—even locking them out past a certain hour.

Cutting down on Twitter right before bed might help your stress levels.

Or maybe just cutting out Twitter entirely. You probably don’t need to be mad all the time.

Cut your phone out of hobby time. Naturally, you could also put on a pair of Willy Workout Shorts and go for a jog. There’s no better way to reconnect to your reality than through your body. You can even give yourself little real-life ‘likes’ by shouting ‘NICE!’ when you hop a curb.


Concentrate on a Balanced Lifestyle

Even if it is healthier for us to live entirely off the grid (and this is debatable), it may simply be impossible for your life. So, instead of feeling guilty for your phone addiction, you should understand how common it is and work around your human foibles.

The goal is to maximize the positives of our interconnected lives, while avoiding losing yourself in it.

Cheers to a long and restful weekend!