This morning is different from all other mornings:
You wake up to the sound of heavy rain, not your alarm clock.
You close your eyes once more.
Because what's the point of getting out of bed, right?
It might be miserable outside, but that's no excuse to lie in bed like a limp noodle all day!
So brew yourself some coffee and prepare to have some fun.
Because there's plenty of things to do on a rainy day.
Best of all:
None of them involve technology!
Things to Do on a Rainy Day
The whole world is being lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of rain.
But don't give in:
One of the best things to do on a rainy day will also help you.
Shake off the sleepiness and get to work!
Now's the perfect time to get ahead in life.
And no, screens won't be necessary!
The first thing you need to do is
Review your goals!
Or, if you don't have any, now is the perfect time to set them.
Here's the thing:
People who set goals are more successful.
But, most people don't spend enough time thinking about what they want from life.
And they don't set formal goals to achieve their dreams.
If you don't know what it is that you want to achieve, how will you know where to concentrate your efforts?
Goal setting helps you to understand what you want in life. It gives you focus, and it also allows you to track your progress.
Goals eliminate distractions, and they keep you accountable.
Perhaps most importantly:
Goals keep you motivated.
Write your goals down.
People who don't jot down their goals are less likely to accomplish them.
Make an action plan (i.e., break down each goal into small, achievable steps).
One of the best things to do on a rainy day is
Make a vision board!
But first things first.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a board on which you display images and words that represent your ideal life.
Vision boards are also known as dream boards, goal boards, and inspiration boards.
Basically, a vision board is a tool that helps you hone your focus.
It should motivate you to reach your goals.
The point of a vision board is to look at it as much as possible. You want to ingrain those images (i.e., goals) into your mind.
Which is why physical vision boards are more effective than online ones.
Making a vision board couldn't be simpler.
All you need is a board (cork boards work well), tape or glue, scissors, inspiring images and words, and time.
Discern your intentions (what goals do you want to achieve this year?), gather your supplies, create a sacred space and get creative.
Place your vision board in a spot where you'll be able to see it every single day.
Propping it on your nightstand is ideal.
Get started on this obvious project
Crossing things off a to-do list is insanely satisfying should be next on your mental list of things to do on a rainy day.
Lists are great!
There is something about the little check mark that gives us a great sense of accomplishment.
Suddenly, we feel more motivated.
We are ready to cross even more things off our list.
So, if you're feeling blue and unmotivated, remember these things to do on rainy day:
Go through your daily or weekly to-do list and see if there is anything that you can complete. Can you do the laundry? Go to the supermarket? Hoover the house? Finish that book? Reply to that e-mail?
Tackle the most straightforward tasks first to get a groove going before busying yourself with the more labor-intensive tasks.
Think about that one thing you've wanted to do
You've wanted to try the KonMari method for weeks.
You've just never found the time.
But guess what:
Now that you're stuck at home due to the miserable weather outside, you might as well give it a go.
And no, binge-watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix does not count as research.
Get off the couch and get your hands dirty!
But... what is the KonMari method?
Basically, it's a minimalism-inspired approach to tidying up. Organizing consultant Marie Kondo created it. She details her unique approach in her bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
There are six rules to follow:
1. Commit yourself to the process of tidying up
2. Visualize your ideal lifestyle
3. Tidy by category (clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous and mementos)
4. Before discarding items you no longer need, thank each object for serving its purpose
5. Do everything in the right order (declutter clothes first because they are the easiest to let go of, declutter mementos last because they make us sentimental)
6. Ask yourself: does this item spark joy? (Make sure to hold the item in your hands)
Think of decluttering as a celebration.
Swap your baggy pajamas for a dress that makes you feel like a million bucks. You are, after all, throwing some of your things a goodbye party.
Want to safe space in your closet?
Then put "clothes folding the KonMari way" on your list of things to do on a rainy day.
Learn how to fold clothes with Marie Kondo in the video below:
You can also make yourself feel great by doing this
Are you tired of your space?
If so, it might be time to redecorate.
But, re-decorating doesn't necessarily mean re-painting the walls or purchasing new furniture.
Small changes can make a big difference:
How about that other project you've been thinking about!
Redecorating your space feels fantastic.
But what good is a restyled bedroom if the lamp in the living room is missing a light bulb or if the squeaky door hinges are getting on your nerves to the point where you feel like you'll soon have a mental breakdown?
Which brings us to this revelation:
Rainy days are perfect for taking an inventory of everything that's broken in your home.
Stop by every room in your house and take note, either mentally or physically, of everything that doesn't work quite as it should.
Pick one thing that you can get done today.
And do it!
Crossing it off your list will feel wonderful.
Best of all?
That will be one less thing bugging you.
What about that boring corner
Did your list of things to do on a rainy day point you to that boring corner?
Guess what, making it pretty is easy:
Indoor plants are amazing.
They provide cleaner air and lower our risk of illness.
In addition, they enhance our concentration and improve our memory.
Furthermore, they also boost our mood.
As such, it only makes sense that most of us love the idea of starting an indoor garden.
If you're a plant noob, or if you've killed one too many succulents:
Opt for plants that are easy to look after such as Sansevieria or Ponytail Palm.
Also, indoors are not just for growing greens.
You can grow veggies and herbs too!
Keep in mind:
Plants grown for their leaves (such as microgreens and lettuces) do much better indoors than those grown for their fruit (such as tomatoes and peppers).
Here's a tutorial on how to use an egg carton to grow herbs:
Get your heart rate up
Looking for things to do on a rainy day to improve yourself?
Those who love the outdoors hate the idea of being cooped up indoors all day long.
At the same time, however, they don't want to get soaking wet.
If you're one of those outdoorsy people, don't worry:
You don't have to give up your daily hike or your daily jog just because it's miserable outside.
There are plenty of ways to get your heart rate up and remain dry.
- Jumping jacks
- Jogging in place
- Bicycle crunches
- Stair stepping
- Rope jumping
Don't Ignore Your Loved Ones
There are countless things to do on a rainy day with the family.
The last thing you need is technology!
Channel your competitive streak
Pull out your old-time favorite board games such as Monopoly or Scrabble out of the back of your closet.
Dust them off, gather your partner and kids and play to win.
Are you bored of the same old board games?
Tweak them! For example, if you're a fan of Harry Potter, why not ditch Monopoly and play Wizardopoly instead?
Here's how to DIY it:
Left your board games at your childhood home or donated them to charity a long time ago?
Don't sweat it.
Chances are, there's a deck of cards lying somewhere around your house.
Pull them out and play one of those classic games that everyone knows the rules to.
For example, Crazy Eights is a good choice. It's suitable for individuals of all ages, including kids, teens, and adults.
Here's how to play it:
If board games and regular playing card games seem a little too old school for you:
Try adult card games instead!
Adult card games not only help break the ice but also give old friends a reason to LOL.
The most popular adult card game out there?
Cards Against Humanity.
Described as "a party game for horrible people," Cards Against Humanity is guaranteed to occupy you, your partner and your friends for hours.
If you don't have this game on hand... then what the heck are you even doing with your life?
You can print your own.
Pretend you are a kid again with this fun activity
You're never too old to build a blanket fort.
At the worst of times, a blanket fort is a sanctuary within a sanctuary.
At the best of times, a blanket fort is a time machine back to your childhood.
Fort building is all about exercising your imagination.
You can make your fort as big or as small as you want. Add a north wing for storing snacks. Adorn it with fairy lights.
After all: You're the architect of this cozy creation.
You get to decide what it looks like.
Unless you have kids.
Then they get to decide what the fort looks like.
But you can make valuable contributions.
Supplies you'll need:
There are countless ways to build an awesome blanket fort. The simplest is, of course, to drape a large blanket over a kitchen table.
Alternatively, drape blankets over chairs, a sofa, a bed, etc.
If you want to take your blanket fort to the next level:
Secure your blankets to the ceiling and walls with temporary Command hooks. Tie the corner of your bed sheet with string. Then use the string to attach the corner of the sheet onto a hook. Do this with several blankets and then connect them all with binder clips.
Things to do on a rainy day can involve your kitchen
Forget ordering Chinese. And forget going out to that burger place that you love so much.
There is nothing more satisfying than whipping up food from scratch with your loved ones while a storm rages on outside.
You don't need to rely on your phone or your laptop to find recipes.
We bet that you have countless dog-eared recipe books hiding somewhere in your kitchen.
So use them.
Or make that go-to meal that you know the recipe to by heart.
Or find recipes beforehand, memorize them and surprise your loved ones with your outstanding cooking skills!
Watch the video below for some inspiration:
Kick your family's butt
One of the best things to do on a rainy day is winning.
The above bite-size tidbits of knowledge might come in handy if you decide to spend your rainy afternoon playing host to a family trivia night.
Trivia nights are fun and easy to plan.
If you're hosting one at home, all you need to decide is whether or not it should have a theme and whom to invite.
In general, the more people you can invite over, the better.
If you have older kids or extended family and friends living nearby, you're pretty much sorted.
Here's a tip:
Instead of choosing an MC, get every participant to come up with five or ten questions in an area that they are passionate about. Every person can then be the MC of a specific round.
This next activity isn't just for Easter
It's pouring rain outside, and the little ones are bored and out of control.
An easy way to cheer them up and keep them preoccupied?
By arranging a scavenger hunt, of course!
The idea behind a scavenger hunt is pretty simple:
Everyone gets a list of items to find. The first person to check off all the items on the list wins!
Kids can either pop the items that they find in a Ziploc bag or else jot down the item's whereabouts. The point here is to be creative. For example, "George Washington" could mean a $1 bill. Its location? The piggy bank!
You can also incorporate silly games.
For example, have your kids go outside with a cup with the intention of catching rainwater. The kid who ends up with the most water in the cup could win an additional prize or an extra clue.
A scavenger hunt doesn't necessarily mean simply ticking things off a list:
Include clues such as "Rihanna sang 'you can stand under my...'" The answer is obviously "umbrella."
If you want to go all out:
Make objects out of construction paper and hide them around the home. Attach clues to each item pointing the participants to the next object and consequently, to the next clue. Every item could build on the last. For example, make construction paper animals that end up being a whole zoo.
You probably didn't even think of this
Conversation games have been around forever, and they are not going anywhere any time soon.
Play them with your partner, your kids or your friends.
Stop Ignoring the Fun Box
You know the one. That sweet craft box that has all the supplies for the fun things to do on a rainy day.
When was the last time you made something with your hands?
If you can't remember...
Then it's time to get off Pinterest, take your long-forgotten and dusty craft supplies out of your closet and make something incredible.
Get those little hands dirty
Kids love nothing more than getting their little hands dirty with glue, glitter, and paint.
Which is great because:
Adults love nothing more than seeing their kids doing little projects that boost their creativity and keep them engaged for hours on end.
Here are two awesome crafts to get the kids excited:
Flubber is a goopy version of play dough and is always a huge hit with the kids.
Best of all? In only takes about five minutes to make but will keep the little ones occupied for hours!
What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup Elmer's glue
- Liquid food coloring
- 1 teaspoon borax
- In a bowl, mix the cold water, food coloring, and glue and then set aside.
- In another bowl mix the hot water and borax, until borax is completely dissolved.
- Slowly pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture. Then, mix well and pour off the excess water.
A Town in a Cardboard Box
Simply draw a town on the bottom of a box, including roads, bridges, parks, car parks, and rail tracks.
Add wooden building blocks, plastic animals and model cards and let your kids' imagination go wild!
For more rainy day crafts, check out the video below:
Save $$ on journals
The process of crafting a notebook is surprisingly simple not to mention insanely satisfying.
Furthermore, you probably have all the supplies that you need lying around the house.
Best of all:
You'll save tonnes of money seeing how pretty journals cost a fortune.
Here's a simple tutorial on how to make a gorgeous notebook:
Send your future self a gift
What if you told your kids that they could reach out to their future selves?
They'd probably jump at the idea, right?
They'd probably expect you to unveil a super secret, super cool time travel machine.
But until time machines are actually a thing, today's craft is the next best thing to time travel.
Yes, we're talking about time capsules.
Time capsules are containers that are filled with present-day things such as newspaper cutouts, letters, photos and other mementos, which are then hidden away in a closet, stored in a hollow log or buried in your garden, for a specific amount of time.
They are to be opened at a future date by your future self, or alternatively, by someone of your choosing.
Time capsules are a present for the future.
An adult take on a time capsule:
Write a letter to your future self. Include your current mood and everything that is currently happening in your life as well as your hopes and your dreams for the future.
Channel your inner nerd by making a zine
Ever heard of zines?
Basically, zines are:
Small-circulation homemade publications.
They usually deal with topics that are either too niche or too controversial for mainstream publications.
Nowadays you can create a zine online and share it virtually with others who are just as passionate about a niche subject as you are. But where's the fun in that?
Isn't it better to make a physical zine? One that you can hold in your hands and treasure for years to come?
Zines come in all types of forms. There are stitch bound zines, accordion zines, and perfect-bound zines.
Naturally, some of them are easier to make than others.
Here's a step-by-step video on how to make a simple eight-page mini zine:
Neon signs can make any room look more vibrant and fun.
But here's the thing:
They're kind of expensive.
The good news?
You can totally make neon signs yourself, at a fraction of the cost!
So, if you've been eyeing those gorgeous neon signs on Urban Outfitters or Etsy, this is the DIY you've been waiting for!
Here's how to make one:
Keep your treasures safe in a book safe
Book safes are one of the sneakiest ways to stash your treasures.
There is no better place to hide cash, a key to a safe, a private document or a rock hammer (for tunneling to freedom) than in a book safe.
Supplies you'll need:
An old book
A box cutter
- Choose a book. Vintage books work best for this.
- Wrap the cover of the book and the first few pages of the book in a plastic bag. Then wrap another plastic bag around the back cover.
- Brush a few layers of glue on the outside of the pages all around the book.
- Place the book under a heavy weight (such as another heavy book) so that the pages are held together as the glue dries. Then let the book dry for around an hour or so.
- Open the book and then draw an outline of a secret compartment on the first page of the glued section of the book. Leave a border of around half an inch around it.
- Cut out the secret compartment using a box cutter and then brush a layer of glue on the inside of the cut pages.
- If you're feeling fancy you can also glue felt inside the secret compartment, but this step is optional.
Take It Outside
Put on your wellingtons and your cheeriest rain jacket, and take it outside!
Go visit these cool stores
The really cool thing about thrift stores is that you never know what kind of treasures you'll come across.
Sure, you could come out empty-handed, but you could also score an amazing designer dress or find that record player that you've been drooling over on eBay for weeks.
Thrifting could also make your rich.
Remember that time when a North Carolina woman named Beth Feeback bought a 10 dollar painting at her local Goodwill with the intention of painting over it only to realize that it was worth big bucks at the auction? She ended up getting $34,500 for it!
Get cultural by going here
Museums not only make us feel good, but they also make us feel smarter.
A visit to a museum might inspire you to get back to that painting you abandoned months ago or to return to that family history project that you've decided was going nowhere.
Animal lovers can check this place out
One look at a newborn kitten or a fluffy senior dog and we melt into a puddle of goo.
Which is perhaps why most of us spend the majority of our time at our local shelter playing with animals as opposed to doing anything useful.
Still, it's the intention that counts, right?
Make sure to call your local pet shelter beforehand.
No matter how much you want to, adopting all the animals is probably not a good idea!
Take It Easy
If all else fails:
Draw yourself a bath and crawl back into bed with a good book.
Writing in your gratitude journal counts as being productive, right?
Draw a bubble bath
Rainy weather calls for a luxurious spa day at home.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep you happy, moisturized and relaxed:
- Deep condition your hair with coconut oil.
- Exfoliate with a homemade sugar scrub.
- Give yourself that perfect manicure.
- Treat your dry heels and toes to a nourishing foot soak.
Curl up with a good book
It's hard enough to get out of bed on an average, sunny day.
But it's practically impossible to leave your bed during a rainstorm.
You don't necessarily have to.
Rainy weather is the perfect excuse to spend the day curled up with a good book.
If your kids are around, now's the time to show them just how fun the written word really is.
After all, reading with kids not only improves their concentration but also stimulates their creativity and fosters their empathy.
Jot it down
Keeping a journal comes with many benefits.
Jotting down your thoughts helps you clarify your thoughts and feelings. This, in consequence, leads to powerful self-knowledge.
In addition, note keeping stretches your IQ and boosts your memory and comprehension.
Furthermore, journaling sparks your creativity.
Perhaps most impressively:
Keeping a journal has been proven to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, asthma and other health conditions!
Not sure whether a gratitude journal is necessarily right for you?
Here are some other journals you can keep:
- Hobby journal
- Dream diary
- Vision journal
- Memory book
Ditch Your Phone to Live Your Best Life
Here's a crazy fact:
American adults spend more than 11 hours a day on their screens.
Which is kind of insane.
We might put our phones away when we meet our loved ones for brunch.
But that doesn't mean that we won't ignore them, and our pancakes, if we suddenly get a notification.
Which makes no sense because the benefits of switching off from technology are amazing.
Switching off from technology means living in the moment. It means more family time and better social connections.
It also means better health:
Less screen time = less anxiety and stress.
Consequently, ditching our laptops and our phones means better sleep.
Reduced screen time means improved memory and emotional stability.
Ask yourself this:
Do you really want to spend all your life watching what other people get up to on YouTube?
Or do you want to go out and live your life?
A Rainy Day Is a Gift and Don't Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise!
It's pouring rain outside. The wind is howling mercilessly. And you could swear that you heard the low rumbling sound of thunder somewhere in the distance.
The whole world is sleepy.
There is no pressure to do anything.
Which means you can do anything.
It's up to you.
Either way, make the best of it!