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Katherine Isabella Moon
Meow, hello there, my name is Katherine, but you can call me Kat; because I basically am a cat. Anyways, I am a 26-year-old, lifestyle blogger, with an INFP-T personality type, from the United States. I love fashion, the color pink, cats, dogs, and spending all my time on my computer. I'm often seen wearing cat ears headbands.
The Kat Life
The Kat Life

how I'm choosing to live my best life

Saturday, March 9, 2019

10 Things You Can Do When The Wi-Fi Is Down

Photo courtesy of Dabbles & Babbles

I admit it, I spend way too much time on the internet; to the point where I'm probably way too dependent on it. Although I know I'm definitely not alone here, many businesses in the US will actually close when their internet isn't working; gotta love first-world problems. But seriously, I'm almost always using the internet for something in one way or another; even for my workouts, as I mostly workout from home using YouTube videos. Probably the only thing I don't primarily do online is my shopping, I actually do still like going to the store and buying things in person, but I still browse the online store before going to get a general idea of what they have. 

Needless to say though, my life pretty much revolves around a Wi-Fi connection; so when the internet goes down, there's a serious issue. Of course, I'll go through the process of resetting everything and checking my internet settings, but when that doesn't work after so many tries, I usually come to realize there isn't much I can do about it; and all I can do is wait for it to come back on. A lot of the time the issue is resolved within an hour or so, but sometimes it's down almost all day. So then what do I do?

Of course, I could just sit there sulking and staring at my screen, waiting all day for it to come back on; but then all I'd be doing is wasting the day away. So why not make the most of it instead? Although it's definitely an inconvenience and super frustrating, it's the perfect opportunity to do some things you normally wouldn't. Seriously though, there's a lot you really can do without a Wi-Fi connection (and without using your mobile data if you don't have unlimited). Besides, taking a break from the internet is never a bad idea anyway. 

Here are a few of my favorite things to do when I can't get on the internet (or when I just need a little bit of a break from it).

1 - Tidy up and organize

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This one may not be as fun as some of the other things on this list, but if you're already at your desk, or you're feeling really productive, you can always use this time to just tidy up your desktop, workspace, your room, or anything you feel could use a little TLC. Although sometimes the process of tidying up can be a bit of a hassle (especially if you don't do it often enough, so having a good tidy-up routine in place is essential), it can also be very satisfying. You don't need internet to tidy up the space you're in, you don't even need it to clean up the files on your laptop, and if you're not connected to the internet you won't have nearly as many distractions while you're tidying up.

2 - Work (almost) completely undistracted

Photo courtesy of Stil on Unsplash

I only say almost, because let's be real, it's easy to find distractions almost anywhere, but usually, mindless web browsing is the biggest culprit for me. So when I can't scroll through social media, take random quizzes, and watch cat videos; it makes it easier to focus on what I'm working on. I may need to go about it another way (i.e writing up an article in a word processor instead of online), but I can definitely make it work. Even if all I can do is brainstorm some ideas or sketch out the layout I want to code later. (Which actually may not be a bad idea anyway.)

3 - Play an offline video/computer game

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Although a lot of people may beg to differ, I actually do consider playing video games to be a form of self-care. I particularly enjoy single-player sandbox games where I can just like my imagination run wild like The Sims, but that's just my preference. 

It seems that you need to connect to the internet to play most modern games, even The Sims 4 (despite being a single-player game). But if you have any games that you don't have to sign-in to play, why not break those out?! Even if they aren't as detailed as the newer games (depending on the game, and how old it really is), they can surely be a source of nostalgia.

Okay so up to this point, we've still been looking at a screen for a lot of these... but how about we get away from the screen a little bit now?

4 - Get creative with your workout!

Photo courtesy of Tirachard Kumtanom on Pexels

Okay, so I don't think this is an issue for most people who workout, especially those who actually go to the gym; but for someone like me that works out from home and relies on YouTube videos, I kinda feel a bit lost without them. But seriously, I've been doing pilates and yoga for long enough that I know a lot of the moves, so I can easily put together a routine of my very own if I want to. Or I can completely make up new moves!! As long as you're moving, and keeping proper form to stay safe through your workout, that's all that really matters. 

5 - Get some fresh air, seriously, just get outside...

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I know, can I be any more cliche? Literally, everyone suggests that. But seriously, many of us don't get outside nearly often enough. I know I'm guilty of staying inside all day when the weather is absolutely gorgeous. I'm actually thinking of trying to spend at least an hour outside every day (that the weather permits) when the weather finally warms up this year because there's no reason I should be cooped up in the house as often as I am. Why not take that workout you created on-the-spot outside? 

Some of the other things on this list can actually be taken outside too. So if going for a walk or run  (or working out in general) isn't your thing, or you don't know what to actually do outside (I usually don't either), there's plenty of little things you can do both indoors or outdoors. 

6 - Draw or color

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You don't have to be a great artist to draw, nor do you even have to show what you've drawn to anyone! Unless you want to that is. If you really don't feel like drawing something yourself, coloring books are seriously so underrated these days; and they aren't just for kids. There's a ton of coloring books out there made for teens and adults that have a lot of small details! I have a few myself and coloring in them is actually very relaxing, and I've actually made it a regular part of my morning routine to color in them. 

7 - Journal

Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Honestly, I really need to do this one more often, and I'm thinking of integrating daily journaling into either my morning or bedtime routine. Taking the time to write down your thoughts by hand, rather than just on Facebook or Twitter (even though I kinda do this myself...), is a great way to pass some time, let out all of your thoughts, and a great way to use your creativity, especially if you bullet journal! The best part is, you don't have to worry wording everything right, because again, you don't have to show your journal to anyone else (unless you want to). 

8 - Read the physical copy of a book

Photo courtesy of Daria Shevtsova on Pexels

While I don't think that physical books are ever really going to go away, at least not any time soon, I know it's a lot less common now to really sit down with a good book. And it's especially a lot less common to open an actual book rather than an e-book. Nothing wrong with e-books, they definitely do save a lot of paper, but nothing beats the feeling of holding an actual book from time to time. 

And it's a lot easier to read a physical book outside on a sunny day than it is to read off a screen... hint hint.

9 - Spend some extra time with your loved ones

Photo courtesy of Tyler Nix on Unsplash

I know, I know, another cliche that you've probably heard everywhere. "Unplug and actually spend time with your family and friends, blah blah blah... I know." But honestly, we really don't spend enough time with our family and friends. Sometimes to the point that our families may become strangers living in the same house, and we're texting and DMing our real-life friends way more often than we're actually seeing them.

Of course though, especially in adulthood, other people truly may be busy; and there isn't much we can do about that... so if everyone else is busy, why not spend some extra time with your pet if you have one?! I'm sure they'd appreciate the extra attention!

10 - Have a home spa day!

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There's nothing quite like a full-on pamper session! Even if you already have a good self-care routine going, why not throw in a little extra when you have the extra time and can't check your e-mail anyway? Take a nice bubble bath (or toss in your favorite bath fizzer), try out that new skin or hair treatment you've been saving for a special occasion, give your feet some extra attention, maybe paint your nails a fun new color, or play around with make-up. Seriously, a little extra self-care can never hurt.

So as you can see there are plenty of things you can still do when the internet is down. There's honestly a ton of things you can do without being connected to the internet. These are just a few of my favorites. What do you generally like to do when your internet isn't working, or when you just need a break from it all? And how often does your Wi-Fi actually go out?

To be honest, while there are a few rare occasions where my internet is either down for most of the day or down at the most inconvenient time; normally when my internet does go out, it's typically late at night. It's also probably just down for scheduled maintenance when most people would either be asleep or winding down for the day. So when my internet goes out after 10 or 11, I probably really should just go to bed anyway and know that it'll likely be back on by morning. It's still a bit of an inconvenience though.

Thank you for reading, and I hope the rest of your day is wonderful!
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