Let’s admit it. In this digital age, almost everyone is highly dependent on online resources. Whether it’s looking for information, communication, and even entertainment, people of all ages heavily rely on the internet.
Gone are the days when we don’t easily get bored and aren’t slaves to Wi-Fi. Although the internet certainly has its advantages, how will you be able to entertain yourself should anything go wrong with your internet connection? Or when you’re left with no option but to stay at home because of outdoor health risks brought about by, for instance, COVID-19?
Save your sanity. Pass your time with these modes of entertainment doable without the help of the internet. (See Related: 4 Prominent Figures Who Failed Before Becoming Legends)
Read a book
A good book never gets old. For bookworms, there is no limit as to how many times they will reread a favorite book over and over again. Reading about whatever subject interests you, not only transports you to another world but can also improve your brainpower.
Whether you prefer local or international TV channels, watching TV is one of the easiest ways to pass the time, while switching through a plethora of content. Moreover, TV is a medium that can be a good and reliable source of news information. However, it is important to limit TV time to a maximum of three hours a day.
See an old movie
It may be a good time to revisit your collection of Blu-ray discs and DVDs and relive your favorite films. The technology that Blu-ray and DVD offer may not be the highest quality, but it works fine without a Wi-Fi connection. That being said, it still allows you to have a seamless movie experience.
Cook a recipe
Cooking can be entertaining. Especially, when you don’t usually do it. For instance, finding a recipe at the back label of ingredients and trying to cook it, is a fun way to start. There is just that sense of pride and fulfillment when you can pull off a great-tasting dish.
If you’re not fond of singing, then maybe the fact that it provides so many health benefits may change your mind. Singing promotes the release of happy hormones, which makes it a natural antidepressant.
Practice your dancing skills
If you want to be entertained, and at the same time achieve a total body workout, then dancing is the best option for you. Dancing benefits your heart, lungs, and muscles and can be a good way of self-expression. It’s active, fun, and healthy.
Play a musical instrument
Playing a musical instrument has almost similar effects to singing. It greatly helps improve your physical, as well as your mental health. Moreover, research says that playing an instrument makes you smarter by at least seven IQ points.
Explore backyard gardening
Gardening can be messy and dirty. But it’s one way to appreciate, and be one with nature.
Decide whether you want to grow flowers, herbs, or shrubs. Treat them with care regularly and watch them grow over time. Having plants around your home helps you relax and also cleans the air you breathe.
You can apply the hobbies you have learned from school such as crocheting and knitting in creating your DIY coasters or purses, for example. Moreover, you can also DIY a makeover for your room or any part of the house by repainting the walls or changing the wallpaper.
Bring out the artist in you and try painting or making crafts. Evidence shows that creative leisure activities may lead to the positive development of people of all ages.
Play board and indoor games
There are so many fun board and indoor games you can choose from that are always available in the market.
Monopoly, Scrabble, and Chess are a few of the timeless board games you can enjoy playing with a friend. While Dominoes, Jenga, and Twister may test your skill in strategy. Playing darts, card games, and charades are also enjoyable and are amusing ways to pass time.
Browse offline photos and videos
Don’t you find it time-consuming when you view your old photos and videos from past gatherings and occasions? When you have plenty of time on your hands, you can go through your computer or mobile phone gallery and reminisce about memorable moments in the past, and even share them.
Listen to music or the radio
Studies conclude that listening to the radio provides people more happiness than surfing the net or watching TV. Music, on the other hand, is a language everybody understands, which makes it a universal form of entertainment.
Play offline games
When you have already downloaded apps on your computer or mobile phone, you can easily access them, even when there’s no internet.
Play on gaming consoles
If you still keep your game consoles with you, then it wouldn’t hurt to play a few games or so. PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch all allow options for offline gaming.
Write in a journal
Journaling can be old school, but it helps you reconnect with yourself and self-reflect. When you are always busy with your life, work, and family, it can leave you with less time for yourself. Writing your thoughts in a journal can aid you in acknowledging your feelings, and can release negative emotions.
Spend time with your pet
Simply touching your pet already reduces your stress and blood pressure. If you take your pet on quick strolls, then it not only gets you moving but gets your pet moving as well. Play sessions can be a great way to increase your bond and keep your pet’s weight under control.
Talk to a family member or friend
There is nothing more comforting and entertaining than being able to exchange thoughts with someone you trust. You can share gossip or the latest news about yourselves, and just have a worthwhile conversation or a good laugh.
As they say, you don’t realize how quickly time passes when you’re having fun. And the suggestions mentioned above just go to show that entertainment can also be achieved through modes other than the internet. It is essential to be resourceful at times when certain technology may fail us.