Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nature & Nurture - What To Do On A Rainy Day


It can be miserable when you have a day off or are on holiday and the weather's bad. Or maybe you've just been sat in day-in day-out and are getting a bit stir-crazy? Whatever the situation, I have some ideas to help you brighten up your day!

1) Go outside and take photographs!

Brave the weather, put on your waterproofs and take some snaps. Although us humans don't like the rainy weather much, a lot of other creatures do. I was really lucky to spot some of these little creatures I've taken photos of.

2) Have an indoor picnic or tea party.

Isn't there something magical about sitting down with a picnic blanket and nibbling on tasty bits and pieces? Indoor picnics bring back memories for me of my grandparents and siblings sitting in their living room with a blanket spread and a range of different picnic foods. It's a cherished memory and it's great to share this experience with your loved ones.

3) Do some painting (or any other kind of art!)

There's something about rainy weather which really makes me want to paint the atmospheric environment. The photo I took below really reminds me of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings like Ophelia. It's effortless to be inspired when nature makes it so easy!


4) Movie party

Invite over some friends and rent a film or watch a favourite on Netflix or a DVD! My go-to is ALWAYS Lord of The Rings, because I'm a little hobbit at heart (which I imagine you may well have noticed) or indulging in Marie Antoinette.

5) Get cooking

One thing bound to cheer me up on a miserable day is some well-deserved comfort food - and it doesn't even need to be high in calories! I adore the following recipe for (skinny) beef lasagne by the Hairy Dieters using leeks instead of pasta so you can eat a delicious meal without going overboard.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/skinny_beef_lasagne_87277

6) Indulge in a bath

When you're stuck inside all the time, it's easy to feel a bit stale and grungy. I have a little collection of bath bombs for Lush, put aside especially for this occasion!

7) Paint your nails a bright colour!

If I have some yellow nail varnish on the world seems much brighter. Do you have certain colours for certain moods? Some of mine are yellow for happiness and red for confidence.

8) Make some room sprays or use a diffuser to fill your space with essential oils.

I treasure my oil diffuser so much. It's so relaxing to make up concotions to suit my mood and make my room fragrant and spa-like! If you don't have any essential oils to hand, how about incense or some scented candles?

10) Read a good book

Some of my favourites to read on a miserable day are gothic novels, like Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or maybe something more sunshine-filled and positive like Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
I can't think of many things better than snuggling up with a hot chocolate on a rainy day, reading and listening to the rain outside.

11) Write a letter or journal entry

I think the miserable weather is a great excuse to get in touch with friends or family in the old-school style! Or, write in your journal to yourself and hash out anything that's floating around your head.



12) Put on your comfies!

Now is the time to get your pj's on and grab a blanket. Being warm and snuggly is only enhanced by the miserable weather, so make the most of lounging around!

13) Get yourself organised.

Alternatively, you could spend some time making sure you're prepared for the day/week ahead. Getting yourself sorted in advance is just going to save you time in the long run and it's a great way to make yourself feel more productive and like you're on top of things.

14) Do some colouring in

I adore adult colouring books at the moment. It's really good to set some time aside just to fill a blank page with colour. It's a great way to enjoy being creative without having the stress or organisation of a larger project. Plus, now you can get colouring books for basically anything you're interested in - Lord of The Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, particular fashion eras... the list is endless.

15) Organise yourself a trip

Maybe you're feeling a bit stuck in the house. Organising yourself a trip can be budget-friendly and a great way to get yourself out of a rut. From finding out what free art exhibits are on, booking a spa day, grabbing yourself a movie ticket or even planning a holiday abroad, this can get you out of the gloomy mood and see past the current weather conditions!




14) Call your family members

Rainy days can be a really great time to reach out to people, especially if they might be lonely or not be able to get out much. Rainy days can be a great time to reach out and spend some quality time on someone.

15) Put on some records and have a boogie

I've been making a 'Joy' playlist on YouTube to help lift my mood when I need a bit of extra motivation! Come on, shake it off like Taylor Swift!


16) Yoga

Yoga is a perfect way to centre yourself and spend some time tending to your body and mind. You can get Youtube videos on yoga for all different occasions! My favourite yoga YouTuber is Adriene Mishler (Yoga With Adriene). You don't need any fancy equipment, just spend some time with your body and breath.

17) Meditate

Take some time out just for yourself. I think meditation can be a wonderful self-love act - determinedly putting everything else on hold and just finding some peace and tranquility for yourself without 'ought to's'

18) Change your bedcovers

Urm, weird one, I know... But doesn't life feel much nicer when you get to go to sleep at night in a freshly made bed and you wake up after a wonderful night's rest? Only takes about 5 mins and you can feel so much better once it's done.

19) Scrapbook

Do you have old train tickets and photos lying around? A great way to get your creative juices flowing and forget the weather is to get scrapbooking.



20) Do a handicraft like knitting, crocheting or sewing

Unfortunately, I'm not very talented at knitting or crochet, but some of my friends swear by it to improve their mood and give them some time out. Plus, if you can knit yourself a scarf, jumper or blanket you have a new favourite snuggly item at the end!

21) Do an online course

Duolingo, Khan Academy, FutureLearn, TEFL, Blogcademy... the possibilities are endless. These are just a few that I've used!

22) Get stuck into your favourite project or hobby!

For me, blogging is what I spend any extra time doing and I'm sure you're bound to have a project too! If not, why not get stuck into something new? Learning languages can be really fun and eye-opening - especially if you have a holiday abroad coming up! Maybe there's an instrument you'd like to learn or you want to get better at baking? Whatever it is, now is the time to get yourself started.

23) Play games! 

Whether online or boardgames you've not played in years, get family and friends round and have some fun. A rainy day is the perfect excuse.


Do you have any more suggestions about how you spend your rainy days? I'm thrilled to hear from you.
Take care and have a lovely day!

Nicky

22 comments:

  1. Your photos of raindrops and leaves are so inspiring. I just want to go out and play under the rain :)

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Glenda! I think it's easy to forget our childlike joy at the rain :). I've just followed your blog on Bloglovin'. Thanks for the comment and your support!

      Nicky xx

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  2. These are such cute ideas! Will be referring back to the yoga and organizing myself, haha!

    http://wanderlustgirl-kb.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you, Kyia! :D Haha, it can definitely be difficult to find the motivation to organise yourself on a rainy day - but hopefully worth it! Thanks for your comment :).

      Nicky xx

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  3. These all sound so lovely, I would like to take a nice bath
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. Go for it! It's a great excuse for a little bath products splurge! Haha :). Thanks for your support.

      Nicky xx

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  4. Nice post. Like it!

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    https://www.instagram.com/mira_shpak

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    1. Thank you, Mira. I'm glad you liked it. Just took a look at your blog and I like your mix of English and Ukrainian :). Unfortunately I can't speak Ukrainian though, but I've just followed you on Instagram!

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  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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    1. Thank you for the support! I'm glad you enjoyed it :).

      Nicky xx

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  6. I LOVE rainy days! The pitter patter of raindrops hitting my roof, warm mugs of tea, reading a good book... this is a GREAT list and I truly enjoy doing most of these things. Maybe that is why I like rainy days.

    http://aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you :D. Yes, rainy days can be wonderful! Being all snuggly is such a lovely feeling and the weather gives us such a great excuse.
      Thanks for your comment! :)

      Nicky xx

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  7. On a rainy day, I watch some old TV and knit. I love rainy days, I love pitter-patter of rain, and the smell. It's beautiful weather to just relax <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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    1. Hi Bash! That sounds like such a lovely plan - what old tv do you like to watch? I love them too, we've had one today and it's been so nice just lying listening to the rain and watch the raindrops go down the windows!
      I've just followed you blog on Bloglovin' by the way :).

      Nicky xx

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  8. Such a lovely long post, I love reading on raining days (although it rains basically everyday in the uk so have to get on with normal stuff!)

    lots of love, Jane
    www.marbleandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, lovely! :) It's definitely a great time to snuggle up with books. I live in the UK as well, so totally know what it's like to have to get on with work and other stuff anyway! Haha.

      Nicky xx

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  9. Those flower photos are so cool!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  10. I absolutely love everything you've listed, such a great & inspiring post!
    Sadiya Hearts

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    1. Oh thank you, Sadiya! :D I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for your comment and support! I loved your 'Chill Time Essentials' post as well :).

      Nicky xx

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  11. This is so interesting and helpful! Sometimes all I do on a rainy day is lay in bed and watch movie but instead there are so many amazing stuff you mentioned that we can do! Tnanks for sharing your ideas xx

    www.beautiliciousd.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, lovely! I totally feel you and have plenty of those days myself :P. I'm glad it helped you come up with a few new plans! I've followed your blog on Bloglovin' - thanks so much for your support and comment :).

      Nicky xx

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