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Rainy Day Activities, Tips, and Ideas

Sarah is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa, & Kundalini yoga teacher. She is an artist who believes in the importance of living a creative life.


A Cozy Rain

The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain.

For some, the sound and sight of rain seems to make everything cozier and more magical. However for many, it brings on feelings of dread and gloom. These thoughts and feelings can make us feel like there is no way to enjoy such a dreary day. Fortunately, by changing our thoughts and attitude, we can actually change our experience. Although the weather is something outside of our control, our perspective is always something we are in control over. There are also some things you can do to make a rainy day just as special and beautiful as a day full of sunshine. So, grab a pair of colorful rainboots and fetching raincoat and the thought of putting on the kettle for tea.

Instead of feeling as though you are stuck inside, look at the rain as a gentle encouragement to do all of the things for yourself that you would normally put off or set aside as not important. Allow the day to unfold with ease and enjoy the cleansing feeling that the rain brings.


10 Rainy Day Activities

Snuggle up with a good book. Pick up something you have been wanting to read but couldn't find the time, or an old favorite. Try to avoid books you "have to" read and instead go for something you want to read. Curl up with your softest blanket and let yourself get lost within the pages.


2. Make tea. Often the temperature drops when it rains, so warm yourself up with a nice hot cup of tea. Sip it slowly and enjoy the moment.

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life." -Thich Nhat Hanh


3. Write a sensory poem. It is amazing the variety of sounds that rain can make. Drip, drizzle, splash, splat, slush. Listen to how the rain you are experiencing sounds and capture it in a short poem. See if you can include other senses by describing the scent, feel, look, and taste of the rain. Feel free to use your imagination and expand on your observations.

4. Bake. Another way to warm up the house and cheer yourself up is with some comfort food. Choose an easy recipe that you already have all the ingredients for. Baking is also a wonderful way to make your home smell delicious and inviting. Who doesn't love the smell of handmade cookies or freshly baked bread? If you are watching your weight, give your baked goods away to a friend!

5. Call a friend. Nothing lifts the gloom off a rainy day quite like hearing a friend's voice. Discover what is new in each other's lives and just chit chat for fun. Perhaps call someone that may need a little extra comfort today. I'm sure you will both hang up the phone smiling.


6. Work on a hobby. Whether you love to make models, play piano, knit, or paint, a rainy day can be the perfect opportunity for spending time on your favorite pastimes. If you find yourself losing interest in a project, start fresh or move on to something else.

8. Watch a childhood movie. Choose one you haven't seen in ages. Chances are there will be scenes and conversations in the movie that went right over your head when you were little! Perhaps you remember the movie differently. In any case, you will have fun rediscovering why you loved it.

7. Turn up the music. Put on music that best reflects your mood at the moment and be absorbed by the sound. Let your body move in new and spontaneous ways to the music. It doesn't have to be traditional dance music for you to get moving! Let the music move you in a way that feels most natural for you.


9. Create a collage. Gather all your old magazines that you don't mind cutting up and make a mini vision board on a stiff background. This could be your future dream home or how you are feeling right now. Feel free to use both text and images.

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10. Take a bubble bath Indulge yourself in a luxurious bubble bath. Add scented bubble bath and light candles. Close your eyes, listen to the rain, and relax. Allow any tension to melt away.



Ann Carr from SW England on September 12, 2012:

Lovely relaxing ideas. It's good to have time to ourselves and the rain does give us an excuse not to go out. I love the smell of new rain on the hot ground in summer and I love the fresh green that rain creates.

Dancing to music is great; you're on your own and you don't have to be self-conscious - what's more, it's great exercise.

Great hub. Voted up etc.

Tess Deleon from At Home on September 05, 2012:

Wonderful and cozy ideas! Good job!

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 24, 2012:

@bravewarrior Jumping in rain puddles is one of my favorite childhood memories! Getting soaked and splashing yourself and a friend and then coming inside to get warmed up was and is so much fun. :)

@teaches12345 Baking and making tea seems to warm everything up after the chill of rain. I'm glad to hear you could use these ideas! :)

Dianna Mendez on June 23, 2012:

I vote for baking and making some tea. We have had just those types of days here during June. I have to admit that these ideas will all work for me.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 23, 2012:

Warm and fuzzy all over teacup! I also like to snuggle up and watch Lifetime on rainy days or when I just don't feel up to snuff. And if the rain is a gentle one, as you portray in this hub, grab hold of your childhood, take off your shoes, leave the umbrella at home and walk in the rain! Lift your face to the drops and let the rain cleanse you of the day to day stresses. Kick your feet in the puddles, don't worry about your hairdo or makeup and just enjoy Mother Nature's cleansing shower. Then, go home, dry off and do any or all of the above....

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2012:

@Crystal Tatum Thank you! You are absolutely right: rain restores!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 23, 2012:

Very good ideas. Sometimes, a rainy day is just what we need to rejuvenate. Voted up.

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2012:

@Redberry Sky Thank you so much! Those are some of my favorites as well. A Wonderful Life is a great movie choice!

Redberry Sky on June 23, 2012:

I love these ideas, especially baking, having a cup of tea, watching a childhood movie (for me it has to be A Wonderful Life) and having a long luxurious bubble bath) - although it's probably wise if I don't do them all at the same time, or my cake will get wet and soggy... Cool list, voted up an' all :)

Sarah O'Brien (author) from Pennsylvania on June 23, 2012:

@mwilliams66 Thank you so much! Your memories sound simply delightful. I am glad that you have good associations with the rain, especially as so many people seem to hate it. I hope you enjoy your next rainy day as much as you did when you were a child. :)

mwilliams66 from Left Coast, USA on June 22, 2012:

Great hub chipped teacup. This evoked so many memories of being a child at my grandmother's house in Australia. She had a corrugated tin roof and I simply loved to listen to the sound of the rain as it hit the tin. She would always make us tea and we would curl up in her bed to read or watch a good show on telly.

I love the rain too, especially with a nice fire going. Voting up and sharing.

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