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10 Remedies for a Rainy Day

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It's raining in Sydney. If you're living in the southern hemisphere, I know firsthand that you have a rainy winter to look forward to. If you live on the northern hemisphere anywhere near where I'm from - you probably have a rainy summer ahead of you. Inspired by the weather I thought I'd write about how to make the most of a rainy day.

When it's raining, do you ever feel like it's never going to stop? But while the sun is out, it feels like you really have to take advantage of it because the sun might go away any moment? I feel the same way about "rainy" emotions. When I'm sad it feels like I'm going to stay sad forever. And that everything is wrong and it's raining all over. Much like this song:

A rainy night in Georgia, a rainy night in Georgia It seems like it's rainin' all over the world I feel like it's rainin' all over the world

- Rainy Night in Georgia by Tony Joe White

However, like nature needs the rain to grow, you might need a little rain to relax, slow down and re-charge. You need rainy days to grow, to flourish and to thrive too! On the other hand, rainy days do tend to come when we least want them to – especially when we have planned something outdoors, when we are on vacation or when you could really use the warmth and comfort of the sun. Rainy or not, we can't really do anything about the weather, but we can make the most of what the universe is sending our way.

Ps. Even if the sun is out and the sky is blue – these tips work great if you're tired, ill, sad or if you just feel down.

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1. Curl up under the covers and read a really good book

I'm putting this first, because I can't really think about a better way to spend a rainy day. Just put on something really comfortable, put on the kettle, get yourself comfortably seated in your bed (use a lot of pillows), curl up under your duvet and read. I recommend reading a good novel, but any book will do! I have even used this approach to get some studying done, but I don't really recommend it. You might fall asleep!

2. Go to a museum

This is the best way to spend a rainy day if you're travelling. Even if you're at home, chances are you have a good museum nearby that you haven't visited yet. Myself, I enjoy a good contemporary art museum, but most museums will give you a good opportunity to learn something new. Don't forget to check out smaller galleries too, they often have unique exhibitions with up and coming artists.

3. Bake something

Spend the day baking something pretty and tasty. If you have a whole day, try something a little more complicated than you would normally do – like macarons or a large multicolored layer cake. The obvious bonus here is that you also get to eat your baked goods after you're done... I recommend inviting your friends for this last part to ensure that you don't end up eating everything yourself!

4. Wear multiple layers

Particularly if you're prone to getting colds, wearing multiple layers will make a rainy day more comfortable. If you venture outside and get wet, you can just remove a layer or two when you get back inside. Chances are that it will be colder outside than inside too and wearing layers will make it easier to adjust to frequent temperature changes.

5. Invest in a really good umbrella

Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much money on good quality sunglasses. While it's important to protect your eyes from the sun, the reality is that almost any sunglasses will do. When it comes to umbrellas on the other hand... Cheap umbrellas can really make a rainy day suck even more. Who hasn't had a tiny, convenience store umbrella that almost broke just by breathing on it? Something that would break even by a slight breeze? I truly recommend investing in a large and solid umbrella. If you pay more for it, you are also more likely to take better care of it (and not forget it everywhere). Plus it's better for the environment to invest in quality too! Win, win and you'll have a more pleasant stroll in the rain.

6. Play board games

Board games are great to play with friends when it's pouring outside. This works no matter the season, but I find that long summer afternoon and cold autumn evenings are particularly good for a board game night. Invite some people over and play your favourite game. My personal favourites are Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and the Settlers of Catan. Pair your game night with a bottle of wine, a cake (see #3) or just some easy snacks.  Then do everything you can to win!

7. Drink large amounts of tea and coffee

I bet you already do this anyway, but I just had to include this on the list. Have you noticed that I hardly write a list post without including the word "tea" at least twice? Well here we go again: Nothing can beat a good black filter coffee in the morning, but as the day proceeds tea is the way to go! My favourite types of tea are Roiboos fruit, lavender earl grey (they have it at Starbucks) and white jasmine. I also have to add that Australians seem to make really great chai latte's. I'm hooked!

8. Go to your local café and stay there the whole day

If you have work to do, I recommend taking it to your local café. Cafés with wifi are also great for blogging, essay research and travel planning to name a few. Go early to ensure that you get a great table, and stay for the whole day. Make sure you order a few times to keep you're favourite café in business. Personally, I find the hustle an bustle of a busy café really inspiring. If you get distacted, plug in your earphones and listen to some good music instead. Happy working!

9. Spend the day outside followed by drinking hot cocoa

I'm willing to bet that there is no better feeling in the world than the way you feel after spending the whole day outside in the rain, followed by a hot shower and then a nice hot cup of cocoa. Good activities are taking a walk in the woods (forests smell even better when it's raining), working out in the park or just playing sports with your friends. The best hot cocoa is the one you make from scratch, but any instant version will do. Isn't this the best feeling?

10. Craft something

Last, but not least, rainy days are great for completing (or starting!) a craft project. I'm a huge fan of knitting, but I'm sure you have your own favourite craft activity. Pair this with some good music and a cup of tea (see?) and you're good to go!

Hope you have a great day, no matter if it's really raining outside or if you're just having a rainy day of the soul.

What is your favourite tip for a rainy day?