April showers bring May flowers. It’s spring time, which means spring showers and being stuck in the house on a rainy day. Although being stuck inside isn’t the most exciting, especially after all this quarantine, maybe rainy days don’t have to be so dreaded. I have come to really enjoy rainy days. I see rainy days as opportunities to take a deep breath and get creative on new activities. During quarantine, I am sure you have found some great new activities inside the house too. Here are some of my favorite rainy day activities. Make sure to comment at the bottom your favorite rainy day activities in the house too!
Tip: Check the weather ahead of time and try to plan ahead for your rainy day or week if possible. Planning ahead will allow you to not be disappointed if your day gets rained out and get all the supplies you may need (cooking/ crafting/ games/ etc.) to get you excited for your next rainy day.
Let’s have some fun on your next rainy day stuck in the house!
Rainy Day Activities
15 ways to actually have fun at home on a rainy day
1. Snuggle in with a good book and your favorite tea or coffee
My recent favorites are (non-fiction): Think Again by Adam Grant, The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates, and Factfulness by Hans Rosling.
2. Practice and learn about Hygge
Buy this book by Meik Wiking and learn all about the Danish word Hygge.
3. Bake something yummy
Try out something new, how about a Danish Pastry Recipe?
4. Watch a documentary or movie
Check out my article Must See Streaming Documentaries for some great recommendations.
What about a movie marathon? Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Marvel, these are some sequels that can really keep you busy for weeks, let alone a rainy day.
5. Journal/ Self Reflect
Journal Prompt: The Reflective Week
Think about the last week, and write down the first three unique, descriptive words that come to mind (it could be: exciting, scary, boring, successful, sad, frustrating, heartbreaking, joyful, grateful, insecure, etc.).
Write about why those word(s) came to mind (this can be in bullet points, pictures, or sentences, whatever works for you), what situations occurred that led to these words?
Finally, write about whether you want these words to show up next week. If so, what will you do again? If not, what will you change?
6. Exercise indoors
I love PopSugar Workouts for great at home workouts from kickboxing to yoga to strength training, they also have tons of no-equipment needed workouts.
7. Pick a special recipe and make a night of it
This is where planning ahead may help you out, open up those old recipe books, maybe pick a recipe the day before and get the fresh ingredients. How about making pasta from scratch, a taco bar, a build your own pizza, or maybe one of grandma’s old recipes?
Making pasta from scratch:
8. Discover your artsy side
Stop at your local craft store and find a fun craft. How about candle making, sewing or watercolor? Paint by number is always an easy go to for me.
9. Start that hobby/project you have always talked about
Start writing that book, brainstorm your future business idea, look up designs for that SheShed you’re going to build, or build your kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest.
10. Learn something new
Find a YouTube DIY (Do it Yourself) on literally anything, you never know what might stick. How about: How to make a flower arrangement or how to make your own playdough.
Download SkillShare and find a new hobby. You can start a free trial and see how you like it. I am obsessed with the watercolor and sketching classes. You can find courses from journaling and photography to Excel and interior design.
Go on Codecademy and learn how to code your own website.
Open up edX and take a free Harvard class.
Download the Duolingo app and start to learn a new language.
11. Plan your next vacation
Vacations can take some time to plan, so why not spend your rainy day thinking about brighter days ahead?! Planning vacations is actually proven to make you happier and optimistic, we all need things to look forward to.
12. Play a game
Get out the puzzles, video games, apps on your phones or board games. I love playing Ticket to Ride with my husband.
13. Connect virtually
We all became experts at virtual connectivity during quarantine, but as restrictions lift, lets not forget about how awesome virtual connection can be. Make sure to download FaceTime, Marco Polo, or Zoom.
14. Practice self love/self care
Make up a bath, do your nails, put on a face mask, put a warm compress over your shoulders or eyes, soften the music, light the candles and get a glass of wine or hot cocoa. Take a little “me” time on this cozy, rainy day.
15. Put on your rain boots and rain jacket and play outside
Don’t let a little rain stop you from hopping around in some puddles or taking a short walk. As long as you don’t see lightning and thunder, grab the umbrella and enjoy the smell of fresh rain.
What not to do on a rainy day:
“4:00, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no-one. 5:30, jazzercize. 6:30, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing; I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9 I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness.”The Grinch, How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I hope you make the best out of your rainy day and I can’t wait to hear about it! I know everyone got the chance to find new ways to have fun while being hunkered down in quarantine, what are some of your favorite rainy day at home activities? Drop a comment below or leave me a message.