10 May 2016

From Home | Make Rainy Days A Little Better

Living in England has its ups and downs. An up being well...it’s England. And a down being….it’s England. If you were to ask 100 people what they thought of England, you’d get 100 complaints about the weather being terrible. This is no lie. There are like 3/365 (and a quarter) days of sunshine and the rest of the days are either cloudy or rainy. I know this post seems like a load of small talk at the moment, but there’s a point to this, I swear.

It’s weird how the weather can have a significant impact on your mood. Being from a country where we literally have to pray for rain, England shouldn’t be such a bad thing, right? Believe it or not, the damp weather can also dampen anyone's mood. There are some rainy days where I feel like just sinking into a black hole, hoping that it’s sunnier on the other side. When you’re down, you’re not productive. And not being productive makes you feel even worse. And feeling worse makes you even more unproductive. It’s a vicious cycle, really.

Fortunately, there are ways to beat the blues on rainy days, that don’t require going outside and getting drenched.

1) Open the curtains

You may be thinking that this won't make the slightest difference, but trust me. It does. I prefer closed curtains all day, everyday but that little bit of light will brighten you and your room/house up a little more. Making the most of the little sunlight you have is better than sitting in the dark, wishing that you were in Barbados then realising that you can’t go to Barbados, getting sad that you can’t go to Barbados... which eventually leads to a whole load of unnecessary thoughts.

2) Read a Book

There's something about the pitter-patter of the raindrops hitting the ground that is oh-so relaxing. It’s perfect for grabbing a hot cup of tea, cozying up and getting lost in a book for a couple of hours. When you’re not in the mood to do anything but you want to go out, you can do so through words. Like one of my favourite authours, Matt Haig said… Reading isn't important because it helps get you a job. It's important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you're given.

3) Watch Netflix

I know for a lot of people these days, reading is not really their thing. That’s fine...because there’s Netflix...or Amazon Prime or any other streaming sites you use. Just grab a blanket, wrap yourself up and watch a comedy. Laugh a little, would’ya?

4) Listen to Upbeat Music

I tend to listen to mellow music when I’m on my own. I’ve been accused of having a sad playlist, but it’s infact just slow songs. I’m not going to lie, this can sometimes put me down, so when it’s raining, the last thing you want to do is play slow sad songs. This is where my brother’s trap playlist comes in handy. Uplift your mood by blasting some super ratchet/bubblegum music depending on your preference. A little bit of Young Thug doesn’t hurt, right?

5) Cook/Bake

Nothing better than getting creative in the kitchen to beat the blues, right? There’s something calming about trying out new recipes, creating your own and playing around with herbs and spices for hours on end! Some of you will claim that you don’t know how to cook, and that is why cookbooks exist. If you don’t want to risk burning your house down, try baking from a cake mix or making pancakes.

So yeah, the sun lifts our spirits and makes us more energetic, but it doesn’t mean that when the sun’s not there, we shouldn’t make the most of the day. I hope you found those tips useful and althought they’re easier said than done (I know this for a fact), they’re worth trying.

What do you do on a rainy day?

K xx
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