It can be a drag. You’ve been working hard all week and have been looking forward to a weekend of fun outdoors. After a week of commuting in blistering heat, you wake up on Saturday morning to cloud cover and a drizzly forecast. Groan.
It’s perfectly okay to be a bit bummed out. I mean, you had big plans for the day; sunbathing, gardening, going for a long walk in the park, a get-together with friends on a steamy deck enjoying great conversation over a cold drink or two.
Once you’ve given yourself permission to sulk a little, decide what opportunity this quick change in plans has provided to you. I think that sometimes the universe provides for us the very thing we need that we might not give to ourselves.
Here are a few ‘rainy day’ ideas:
- Skip the shower and don your favourite ‘comfy’ clothes (no shaving, no make up, choose to go au natural!)
- Enjoy your coffee and morning paper for an extra long time; read the sections you tend to skip when you are short on time.
- Clean out those drawers that you have been thinking about for the last two (or ten) years. You may discover things long forgotten and thought long lost.
- Pull out that craft/hobby/special project that you never get time to do on a ‘normal’ busy day off. Remember why you enjoy that activity.
- Go through your photo albums and just enjoy the memory-filled ride. Pause and take yourself back to the time when the photo was taken. What emotions are attached to it? For what and whom are you grateful during that time in your life?
- Snuggle under the afghan and watch movies – all day!
- Sort the 1000+ photos still on your phone and send them off for processing or organize them into an on-line album. You’ll be so glad you did.
- Play a board game (you still have some around, I bet!)
- Write a gratitude letter to someone special in your life. Take your time.
- Read a good book.
- Phone your Mom (or Dad, or Aunt, or Sibling, or Good Buddy) – just to chat.
- Meditate; you’ve always wanted to try it, right?
- Play charades with the whole family; the kids, although hesitant at first (depending on their age) might just like it!
- Take a nap – on the couch – or wherever you darn well feel like it!
- Cook dinner together. Make everyone responsible for one part of the dinner. Make it a ‘no rules’ experience (i.e. start with dessert…in fact, it can be all dessert!!)
- Cuddle with your partner; who knows what that might lead to… it’s all good for you at any stage of life!
- Go outside! There is something vero relaxing about walking in the rain. If the temperature is warm, skip the umbrella!
I’d love to hear your rainy day ideas. What gift has a change in plans provided for you?
Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker and Author, Deri’s message reinforces that positive habits are the pathway to a happier and healthier life – at work, at home and at any age! www.derilatimer.com