A Guide to Surviving Rainy Days
View from my window on a very wet day
Hurricane season is here. You know the time of year. Tropical storms are brewing up in the Gulf, just waiting to ruin summer vacation plans. It is starting to rain every afternoon. If you are like me, than you live in a place that when it rains ~ it really rains. We are talking raining all day nonstop and flooding in the streets and store parking lots, making it a big hassle to get around. On these days, if you don’t have to work or go to an important appointment, the rule of thumb is to just stay home.
Bad weather for endless numbers of days can really get you down. Suddenly, money problems, a broken down car, missed appointments, broken plans, drenched clothes, wet dogs, power outages and water in the streets can all have you feeling much bluer than usual. It just seems like nothing is going right.
Staying home can be no fun especially if you had big plans for the weekend to see and do things around town or if you have a bunch of errands to check off your list. It is easy to feel sad and sleep away your days. But, you can keep the rainy day blues from taking over your life.
If your lights are still on . . .
Count your blessings. There are so many more things you can do to pass the time when you have electricity. However, some things on this list you can still do without power. Take advantage of the down time and, instead of just passing the time, why not accomplish something you have always wanted to do?
- Channel your creative energy. Get out that pen and paper and start to work on your novel. Paint a picture. Design a new computer program/game. Make jewelry. Redecorate your home. Sew a new outfit. Create a song. Invent something new. Whatever your passion, go for it.
- Exercise your brain. Work on a puzzle. Read a book. Learn something new by reading about it online.
- Catch up with relatives and loved ones by talking on the phone, emailing or chatting with people you have been meaning to talk with but never can find the time.
- Watch a dvd or movie on television. We all have movies on our shelves that we have been given or meant to watch when we had the time. Just make some popcorn, have a cup of tea, relax and drain out the rain.
- Get physical. Take that excess energy you are feeling and teach yourself some yoga moves, do sit ups, jog in place, or do any other exercise you can think of to get those happy endorphins following and beat away depressive thoughts.
Focus on what you can accomplish. The weather will eventually pass and get better (hopefully). And, you can get back to running around and doing everything you need to do. Enjoy a break from your hectic life and make the most out of it instead of letting the rain get you down.