Are you looking for activities to do on a rainy day? We all know that British weather can bring plenty of rain especially during the Winter months. Just because it is raining, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!
There are plenty of fun or mindful activities that you can do outside or at home to fill your days when the weather is not great. Everyday is a gift and you want to be able to enjoy everyday!
Here are 9 things you can do on a rainy day:
1. Declutter And Organise Your Space
Using your time to declutter or organise can be a really productive way to spend a rainy day. It can be so therapeutic to clear and clean a space. Having an organised space can promote a mindful living space and actually improve your mental health.
If you are overwhelmed by the space you need to declutter, you can try the Maire Kondo technique to make positive steps to revamp your space.
Untidy and cluttered environments can often increase stress for most people. Organising the excess things you have and donating what you don’t need or want any more is extremely cathartic. By doing this, it can benefit your mental health by making you feel happier, more in control and calmer. A clear space means a clear mind.
2. Sign Up For Virtual Classes
Learning doesn’t have to stop when you leave school, college or university. There are so many online platforms where you can access a variety of courses like SkillShare.
You could learn a new skill for fun, or learn a skill that is beneficial for improving your knowledge and growing your CV. Learning new things can help your personal growth, build confidence and boost your motivation. I want to learn more about SEO, marketing and business to help me develop my blog and brand.
With the development of the internet it is now possible to enrol in programmes and courses, self-learning is now easier than before. Learn more about the benefits and the downsides to online learning and how you can make it a success by reading this source here.
3. Have A Spa Day
This could mean splurging out on a day at a spa, or even just a DIY spa day from the comfort of your own home. Showing yourself a bit of pampering is a great form of self-care, giving your body the care it needs as well as making you feel good.
You could run yourself a bath, or have a long shower, use a face mask and a luxury skincare routine using your skincare products. Giving yourself a facial and maybe even painting your nails will all ensure that you feel good about yourself. When the weather outside is horrible, treating yourself to some self-care can make the day far more positive.
4. Bake Something Delicious
Baking is a fun activity that you can do individually, or even with your children. Not only is baking fun, but you can learn new recipes and skills.
Comfort foods are the best types of foods on a rainy day. You can find so many simple to follow recipes online. There is something so appealing about freshly baked chocolate cookies!
I don’t mean a lie down! I mean real body relaxation that allows your body to fully rest and to feel a deeper connection with your body. You can meditate. Meditation can bring you a sense of calm, balance and peace which promoted positive emotional wellbeing and your general health. Practising this regularly can help to control anxiety and reduce stress.
You can try a technique called ‘Body Scan’. A body scan is one of the most effective ways to begin a mindfulness meditation practise. The purpose of practising a body scan is to tune into your body, so that you can reconnect to your physical self and identify any sensations you may feel without any fear of judgement.
You can practise breathing exercises. Breathing exercises will help improve your blood pressure and even help to strengthen the cardiovascular muscles. Deep breathing stimulates the Vagus nerve which reduce the ‘fight or flight’ response. Regular breathing exercises can aid in your focus and concentration.
Practising some of these relaxation techniques on a rainy day can help you use the day to take time for yourself. It will help you to wake up the following day feeling refreshed.
6. Visit A Garden Centre
There is increasing scientific evidence to prove that plants, gardening and being outdoors in nature actually benefits your physical and mental wellbeing.
Surrounding yourself with plants indoors can trigger the same chemical response in your brain on a smaller scale, releasing serotonin that will then lift your mood in a completely natural way. So, instead of staying inside, why not head to a local garden centre, where you can simply browse or treat yourself to a plant… or 5! Also, by visiting a local garden centre, you are supporting your local community, which will also give you that ‘feel good factor’!
7. Journaling Or Writing
Journaling is a powerful form of mindfulness and self-care. When it is dark and horrible outside, it is easy not to feel happy or even motivated. Opening up your journal and writing about your day, your thoughts and feelings, or even using journal prompts for self-discovery can be really beneficial for your mental health.
Writing could be beginning a story, a blog article, or even some poetry or a song. Any form of journaling can help to reduce stress, clarifies your emotions, clears your mind and prepares for decision making and can improve your writing style. This can be a positive way to spend some time on a rainy day.
8. Start A Blog
Even if you think that you have no intention of sharing the link with anyone else, you could be like Carrie Bradshaw and share your thoughts on various topics you believe in, or even how you are feeling. You can use sites like WordPress or Squarespace to host your blog. The sites are really easy to navigate around in order to design your blog. You never know… it may even become your new, favourite habit!
9. Have A Movie Day
When it is dark and wet outside, it feels so cosy to be cuddled up under a blanket, watching your favourite movies, TV programmes, or documentaries on Netflix. It can be really pleasurable to just switch off and delve into a story line.
These are 9 activities that you can do to keep you productive and happy even on a rainy day. Take a day to enjoy activities you may not have time for.