It’s raining, it’s pouring…and if you’re anything like me, you’d be wondering what to do on those special days to basically not lose your mind. You’re locked inside, it’s kinda dark and depressing and all you can think of is turning on the TV and let the day go by. Well, after spending not one, but four days like that 2 weeks ago, I came up with 10 fun and productive things to do on a rainy day. Every day is a gift and it doesn’t have to suck, just because some water is coming down from the sky.
10 Fun And Productive Things To Do On A Rainy Day
So here’s the deal: I took some time and thought about what my perfect stay in rainy day would look like. These are the things I would love to do on a perfect fun, productive and self-care rainy day…I don’t know why I assumed I’d have more time on that particular day, but let me dream a little, okay?
1. Wake up and Exercise!
Wake up, stretch and do some exercise. The rain shouldn’t stop you from going to the gym, but if you’re really not looking forward to leaving the house, go ahead and do a nice long session at home. Yoga, pilates, dance, barre, boxing – whatever you like, I’m talking 40-60 minutes. You’ll feel so much more relaxed, clear-headed, strong and basically alive. In my opinion, it’s the perfect way to start the day. I usually do anywhere between 0-10 minutes in the morning, but on that rainy day, I’d love to do more.
2. Take A Long Shower
I might even do a hair mask and wash my hair. But I will definitely do my hair, nails and get dressed in something that isn’t sweatpants or leggings…Why not look good even when you’re staying at home? You’d feel so much more confident and ready for the day when you’re put together and not wearing leggings and a messy bun.
3. Enjoy A Coffee
Okay, I’ll probably make a decaf cappuccino…But whatever your drink of choice, make yourself cozy and just enjoy your coffee or tea looking out while it’s pouring outside and you’re safe and warm. You can listen to music, a podcast, the rain or your own thoughts and really be present.
4. Reflect And Plan!
I definitely would like to make plans for the day or the week ahead, reflect on my goals and progress. And take time to do a good review of the last days and weeks. Somehow I’ve let busyness get in the way lately and reflections and reviews have been pushed aside, but doing those really helps and contributes to my happiness.
5. Finish Something You’ve Been Working On!
If you have projects you’re working on and finding hard to finish, make some progress on them. Finish the project, or at least a task that will take you forward. I work from home and I’d knock off things I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time, so I can have peace of mind.
6. Book those next trips!
This might not be too much fun in that very moment, but it is so worth it. I’ve found even mini trips (2-3 days) make me feel rejuvenated and like I’m actually living and things are happening in my life. But I know, if I don’t take the time to make plans for trips, adventures or vacations, we never get far or we skip vacation altogether sometimes! Then life turns into that blur that you don’t remember at all. On that rainy day, take a moment and decide what places you want to go to during the next, let’s say, 3-6 months and what you want to experience there.
7. Organize / Do Something Creative!
One thing I never find time for months (!!!) is organizing our family pictures in frames or in albums. My 2-year old keeps me quite busy currently, but this might be a fun activity for him too. I’ve already printed out the photos, now it’s time to get them beautifully arranged! Hopefully there won’t be any baby sharks drawn everywhere. For you, it might be organizing a closet or a drawer, or painting or doing something else kinda creative that you’ve been putting off, because “it would take so much time”.
8. Make a Bucket List For The Near Future
What do I want to experience this fall? Winter? Maybe even spring? Beyond just travelling somewhere far and exotic? What can and do I want to do locally that will be exciting and bring in some positive emotions? Do some research and make a list of the things you’re looking forward to and don’t want to miss out on during the next months. Then put reminders in your calendar, so you actually make it to those appointments.
9. Play A Game!
My favorite game, ever, is charades, since I was a child. I really love it because as long as you have at least one other person, either in your head or in your physical space – it’s all you need and it’s so much fun! I somehow feel like my toddler will convince me to also play a lot hide and seek on that day. What games do you like to play? If you don’t have many ideas, or want to try something new, here’s a good list of affordable fun game ideas for all ages.
10. Take A Bubble Bath!
And I will go crazy there! I’ll light some scented candles, play music and really soak in that water for a while. I might even get wine or a snack. Don’t judge, I think I’ve had my last real bath like, what now, 2-3 years ago.
I hope you enjoyed dreaming up that rainy day with me, I did for sure and now I have a plan for the upcoming rainy days! Hopefully, you got some new ideas that you’ll want to try as well!