As a child, I remember loving rainy days. Dancing outside in my swimming suit, catching raindrops on my tongue, stomping in huge puddles, exasperating my poor mother by tramping mud through the house – what could be more fun?
Yet as I approached adolescence, this changed along with many other parts of my life. The vibrant cheerful child became withdrawn, shy, and sedentary as depression took a stronger hold on me. Instead of exploring new worlds outside, I preferred to curl up on my bed with a book. Rainy days were still a favorite of mine though. What is more cozy than snuggling under a blanket with a good mystery novel while listening to the pitter patter on the roof?
Now I have mixed feelings about stormy days. Sometimes, I am able to relax inside. On a rare occasion, I tap into my inner child and prance about in the downpour. However, I normally just feel cranky, hoping that tomorrow the sun will shine brightly.
I do not believe that I am alone in this feeling. After all, rainy days are associated with being gloomy, ugly, and even scary. Although many of us have houses for shelter in the storm, we still feel worse when the sun decides not to show its face. Weather plays a vital role in many peoples’ moods.
So I decided to come up with a list of unique ideas of how to make gloomy rainy days into gleeful rainy days or at least endurable rainy days. Now this isn’t to say that being down or any other emotions are bad. Sometimes we are cranky and need to accept that. However being miserable every single time the sun doesn’t shine is no fun at all. So this list is for those looking for a way to turn their mood around despite the weather. Hopefully they are creative suggestions that you had not thought of before.
- Have a Board Game Tournament with family or friends. Choose your favorite board game, multiple ones, or a certain type of them (for example, only word games like Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle, etc.). Then gather as many people as possible and challenge them to an epic battle of board games.
- Create your own tropical paradise. Put on sounds of the ocean or Hawaiian music, wear a swimming suit or tank top with shorts, and enjoy some pineapple and bananas while lying in a brightly lighted room with a stack of magazines. Sure, electric light is never the same as sunshine but you can still enjoy your rainy day “tanning session.”
- Paint your room a bright or light color. Surrounding yourself with a cheerful color might distract you from the grey outside. If you don’t have a room to paint, try painting some furniture or a large piece of cardboard or paper.
- Watch Singing in the Rain and sing along to the lyrics. If you want to watch another movie, try others such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pride and Prejudice, Spiderman, or The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Admittedly all of these films have few scenes in the rain but the ones that they do have are pretty classic.
- Look up something on Pinterest and make it. Right away. Don’t just save it for another day. Try to find something that makes you happy or that you can give as a gift to a loved one.
- Write handwritten letters friends and family. Tell each of them a favorite memory or a fun fact that they don’t know about you. If you want a challenge, try sending a letter to every member of your extended family or every friend in a certain group.
- Go to a conservatory that is nearby to enjoy the flowers. If there are none close to your home, then go to a flower or gardening store. Make sure to smell all of the flowers and choose your favorite one.
- Get together with friends and tell jokes. Sit in a circle and take turns speaking. If you want to make it a competition, kick out anyone who can’t think a new joke on their turn. Continue until there is only one person left.
- Snuggle with a loved one, pet, stuffed animals, or blankets with a hot beverage in hand. If you have a fireplace, make a fire and sit in front of it. Just allow your mind to be at peace and relax.
- Brave the storm and explore the outdoors. Wearing boots, a rain coat, and long pants, go outside and allow your inner child to take charge. Jump in puddles, sing aloud, do a crazy dance, take a long walk in a muddy park – whatever you want. The possibilities are endless!
So there are some unique ideas for gloomy days. Some you might love and others you might hate. However I hope that next time there is a rainy day, you can try one of these activities. Don’t be afraid to modify them to fit you. Hopefully they can help to change your view on rainy days.