One day, in my hometown, it started raining and didn’t stop for 40 years… at least that’s how it felt. After it let up, we were blessed with a what seemed like a single sunny day and now we’re back to “torrential downpour” status. I usually don’t mind the occasional rainy day, but after weeks of doom and gloom, I find myself feeling down.
Instead of wasting away under a pile of blankets, intensifying my carpel tunnel by scrolling through Instagram until my eyes crossed, I compiled a list of alternative activities for anyone in the predicament in which my town has found itself.
Grab your umbrellas and pile into the arc, kiddos, it’s gonna be one heck of a storm!
1. If you insist on watching TV, make it something nostalgic.
When I was a kid I LOVED Winnie the Pooh. It’s something that marked my childhood in the most fantastic way. Whenever I watch one of the old movies, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Rainy days are a perfect opportunity to drag out all your favorite old Disney movies or home videos and binge until your heart’s content. It’s a nice break from all the serial killer documentaries and news coverage you watch any other day. Plus, there really isn’t anything more fun and comforting than letting your inner child shine through.
2. Catch up with someone you love.
Chances are they’re just as bored of being stuck inside as you are. Whether it’s a phone call, a full movie marathon, or just a short lunch date, connecting with your inner circle can instantly brighten a gloomy day.
3. Use it as an excuse for the at-home spa day you desperately need.
Grab yourself a glass of wine, a face mask, and a bath bomb because today is all about resting and relaxing. Whatever pamper routine you’ve been putting off, now is the time to do it.
Personally, if I’m feeling a bit off and aren’t sure where to start, I watch a few pamper routines on YouTube for inspiration. It always helps me get into the “chill out” mindset.
4. Get back to your hobbies.
For me, it’s painting. For my sister, it’s playing the drums. Whatever it is that fires you up during your free time, DO IT.
Maybe there’s a new recipe you’ve been meaning to try, a scrapbook you want to tackle or a t-shirt quilt you’ve been meaning to start? I recommend anything that makes you feel a sense of accomplishment. Nothing like the afterglow of progress to make you feel like your day was well spent.
5. Suck it up and get your chores done already.
Dishes have been piling in the sink since Tuesday morning, your laundry is overflowing and you can’t touch anything without getting a layer of dust stuck to your hand. Gross. It’s time to clean.
Some people get joy out of this (me), but if you don’t, that’s fine, too. It doesn’t take away from the fact that no one wants to live in a landfill. Put on some good music, your favorite comfy clothes, tie your hair up and get to work! You’ll feel so much better after it’s all clean, I promise.
6. Enjoy it.
Whether you choose to do that curled up in your bed with a good book, sitting on your covered porch and taking it in, or literally dancing in it, find a way to enjoy and appreciate the rain. Yes, being stuck in it for days or weeks on end can be frustrating, but at least you’re not stuck in a drought. At least it’s just rain and not a flood. And if nothing else remember, just like everything else in this life, the storm will eventually pass.