Dhaka, 13 October, Abnews: They say that April showers bring May flowers but they may also bring a funky mood. All of the rain that comes along this time of year can really get depressing. Sure, there are people who power through it but who really wants to go out when it’s pouring outside?
One of the best ways to combat the seasonal downpour is to embrace it. That’s right, it’s time to get down with some cozy pajamas and these suggestions for brightening your mood when it’s gray and gloomy.
Set the Mood
Transform a rainy day from repugnant to indulgent by setting the mood. Keep your overhead lights dim, or off, and light some soft candles instead. If you want, you can also add some aromatherapy by misting essential oils or burning incense.
Based on how you’re feeling, choose some music to play in the background as the soundtrack of your day. Don’t feel like you need to shy away from the slow, melodic stuff either. It often feels really good to play something gentle and soothing when the skies are dreary.
Hot Drinks and Treats
If you love flavored coffees, cider or hot chocolate this is the perfect time to enjoy one of these hot drinks. Some people like to add liqueurs such as Peppermint Schnapps or Bailey’s for an extra kick. You will feel warmed up from the inside out.
Of course, if you’re going to sip a tasty beverage, you might as well indulge in a treat or two. Banana bread or cookies straight from the oven or even some indoor s’mores might be just what you need to get through the day!
Grab the Slow Cooker
While we’re talking about food, why not pull out your slow cooker to make a warm, delicious dinner? It’s a perfect solution because rainy days can make you feel lazy. A hearty stew or chili is easy to throw together and tastes amazing after simmering all day.
If you’ve got spare time while you’re already in the kitchen, take a few moments to sit at the table and go through your recipes. Archive or discard anything you aren’t using and organize everything else.
Curl Up with a Book
A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to put on some fuzzy socks, grab a blanket and curl up on the couch with a great book. Too often, we buy a title that we’re excited about but then get sidetracked by life. Make a promise to yourself to dig into it the next time the weather is cold and damp.
Play a Boardgame
Two or more people can have a lot of fun with a board game. Sadly, they used to be so much more popular than it is today because we’re so busy on our devices. If it’s overcast and you’re sitting around wondering what to do, put your phones away and play a game instead.
Three of the most popular choices are Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. Consider a special themed version (such as Doctor Who or Game of Thrones) to drum up excitement. While you’ll probably have a blast, expect a little drama too. Board games can get really competitive!
Have a Movie Marathon
One of the very best things you can do on a rainy day is to have a movie marathon. Whether it’s films you’ve always wanted to see or a collection of your favorites, there’s something so restorative about chilling on the couch while it’s blustery outside.
Feel like hosting your own little film festival? Mix some drinks and invite your friends over for a day of movie trivia and spirited debates. You won’t even miss the sunshine!
In all honesty, there are plenty of things you can force yourself to do but, sometimes, you might not even want to get out of bed on a rainy day. If you can, go ahead and sleep in a little or, at the very least, linger under the sheets for a while.
For the rest of the day, really pamper yourself. Deep condition your hair, use a facial mask, moisturize your skin and give your nails some much-needed attention. Regardless of gender, we could all use a little more self-care, so do the things that make your body feel good.
This time of year can be a little depressing and it’s hard to make plans with so much rain in the forecast. Take a cue from Mother Nature and use this rainy season as an opportunity to nourish your soul and grow. Do things that you’re normally too busy to do and allow it to boost your mood. Take care of yourself before the long summer days begin. - Forbes