It seems like I’m always hearing people wish away the rain. Okay, when it’s freezing cold outside and the rain is positively a deluge, I get it. It’s uncomfortable. Particularly when we’re driving in it or need to be somewhere or when we have to cart our children around in it.
Then there are people like me with naturally curly hair. I can wake up with it already pre-frizzing and pre-curling in anticipation of the wet outside. Like a freaky little barometer. It won’t straighten, and it sure as hell won’t obediently curl. It will only do its own thing and will pay me no mind at all in my attempts to tame it. On those days, I may also indulge in rainy day complaints.
But there’s another side to rainy days, a softer side. Rainy days can be positively blissful- if we change our perspective a bit. Here’s a list of ideas to make any rainy day heavenly:
- Sleep in, school/work/children permitting.
- Have great sex. I’d say partner permitting, but this can be a solo activity.
- Enjoy a movie marathon. I love this one! I tend toward classic films (absolutely wonderful for rainy days), romantic comedies, and independent or foreign films. I just want to watch something lovely that makes me feel good. But insert your own preferred genre here: thriller, horror, action, comedy. Just enjoy. Make popcorn or cookies and bliss out.
- Work through our reading list. What books are piling up on our bedside table, just begging to be opened and devoured? Spend a rainy day curled up in pajamas with a cup of hot coffee/tea/cocoa and a wonderfully delicious book.
- Listen to records. Okay, maybe you don’t have a terrific vintage record collection… or any records at all… or a record player. Fine! Just put on a rainy day playlist of your choosing. The important part? Indulging in some good tunes. Light a few candles to set the mood. Maybe diffuse some essential oils, too. But for record enthusiasts, there is a plethora of radio shows still available. Settle down and listen to a radio show or recorded radio performance on vinyl on a rainy day. It’s a positively delightful experience, particularly if you go with a suspense record.
- Play games. In my household, it’s just me and my kids. I have a few games that I can play with my small children. If other adults are available, I have stockpiled board games and card games like they were going out of style (because, yeah, they kind of are). Enjoy a game day. Get creative if you need to. Games like Pictionary don’t really require the actual game if you can figure out a few categories. You can even host something akin to office Olympics, but in your own home. Simply think of a challenge and do that.
- Bake. Not everyone will be into this suggestion, but for those of us who enjoy baking, spending time mixing ingredients and baking something delicious is a wonderful way to spend a rainy day.
- Revert to childhood. Yes, you, the adult who is scowling at the very idea. Make a blanket fort. Color. Watch a cartoon from our childhood. Put on some wellies and head for the nearest puddle. A rainy day is an excellent opportunity to nurture one’s inner child.
- Declare a lazy pajama day. How does this work? Everyone stays in pajamas. Food can be ordered in. Chinese food and pizza are great options for delivery. Naps during lazy pajama day are a must. Everyone should be as comfortable as possible all day and do as little as possible.
- Enjoy the great outdoors. Provided weather conditions aren’t actually hazardous and health permits, walking in the rain can be divine. Don’t let a little wet stop you from enjoying the day. Like I always say, I’m not so sweet I’ll melt.
Rainy days can be wonderful. Sure, it’s easy to complain when our umbrellas just turned inside out, our white blouse just got soaked in the downpour, we got a heel stuck in an unexpected mud puddle, and every driver on the road acts as if the mandatory speed limit is about 10mph.
But if we have the opportunity to be home on a rainy day, there are so many ways to really indulge in the beauty of it. We can soak in some solitude, self-care, and relaxation time. We can use the rain as an excuse not to go anywhere or do anything if we don’ have to.
We can rest, rejuvenate ourselves, and learn to be grateful for the beauty in all kinds of weather.