I went to bed last night to an awesome summer thunderstorm that I figured would blow over by morning, but when I woke up this morning, thunder was still rumbling and it was so dark I needed to turn on all of the lights like it was 8pm. Not an ideal way to start the day, but at least it inspired a blog post. I’m all about taking the little wins lately, so let’s roll with it.
It’s dark and gross outside, which completely destroys my motivation to do much of anything except sit on my couch and binge watch Netflix. I have to leave home to go to the gym (and I hate driving in rain..that’s a story for another day), and I truly believe that I run on sunshine and coffee, and there is zero sunshine to speak of, which means my battery is flashing on low. So, what’s a gal (or guy) to do? Now, I have the rare lifestyle where I don’t actually have to get up and go to work since my occupation is “housewife” followed closely by “blogger,” which means I have the option of not leaving the house. While I know many of you don’t have that lifestyle, that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself with a gloom and doom day at home at some point this summer. Here are a few ways you can make the most of it.
Let’s start with the most luxe option and have an at-home spa day. Not leaving home means you can take the time to do all of the glorious self-care things that you might not have the time to do regularly. When I go all out, it’s a head to toe makeover.
- Hop in the shower and exfoliate everything. I have an amazing (and cheap) coffee scrub for my body and a separate exfoliant for my face.
- After you exfoliate your face, put on a mask that focuses on your skincare concern (I love this sulfur mask by Origins for my acne-prone skin) and while that sits moisturize your body. Bonus: put an extra thick layer of lotion on your feet and wear fuzzy socks around to let it sink in.
- After my mask is done, I tend to follow up with a hydrating sheet mask (for balance) before finishing up my routine like normal.
- Turn on Netflix, make some tea, and paint your nails while lounging in your comfiest clothes or a fabulous robe. Don’t you feel amazing?
Give Your Brain A Workout
I love to read, but I often find it difficult to squeeze it in on a regular basis. When there’s a day where I can justify doing nothing, I take that opportunity to dive into a book and get my brain going. I’m currently jumping between a book for my work, a book for productivity, and just for fun, I’m going to re-read the Harry Potter series.
Taking the time to work a little bit on your indoor hobby is a great thing to do on a rainy day as well. I have a beautiful piano that doesn’t get nearly enough attention, so when I have the time, it’s nice to sit and play for a bit. Whether you scrapbook, play an instrument, or just enjoy sudoku puzzles, getting those creative juices flowing expands the mind while relaxing you. If you ask me, I’d say spending time on this is hardly a waste of a rainy day.
A rainy day is a perfect day to deep clean and purge your home. Go through your closet and get rid of your clothes that don’t fit or have a hole that you won’t fix (even if you told yourself you would get around to it….5 months ago). Go through the pantry, fridge, medicine cabinets, and cleaning supplies to toss anything that’s expired. Clear out bookshelves, kid’s toys, and don’t forget to hit up your makeup drawer. Make two piles: one for donation and one for the trash. By the end of the day, I’m sure you’ll have several bags that you can get rid of, leaving your home less cluttered and leaving you with a huge sense of accomplishment.
These are just a few of the ways I plan on taking advantage of the gloomy day outside. What kind of things do you do to make the most out of your rainy day?