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10 Ways to Boost Your Mood on a Rainy Day

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring, but what do you do when you wake up, peer through the curtains and see a miserable wet, rainy day outside. Don’t beat yourself up if it has ruined a plan to go out and enjoy some fresh air. At this time of year, the days are shorter, the skies are grey and yes, it rains more often than not. You find yourself spending more time at home and at a loose end.

Pick yourself up, embrace the situation and do something that will lift the damp and dreary atmosphere. Let’s consider 10 ways you can be pragmatic and bring the sunshine back into your life.

Pamper Yourself

After having a lie in, get up and refresh yourself by having a well-deserved pamper. Winter weather can take your zest away and it doesn’t do much towards your general appearance. No sunshine to brighten your skin and the cold and wet seep through to the bones. There is only one thing for it, treat yourself to a refreshing makeover. Make a hot bubble bath or use a bath bomb, light some candles and forget about the cold as you relax in the steamy surroundings. After your bath give yourself a manicure and pedicure and then apply a face mask. You can nourish your body with some essential oils or cream. If that has not satisfied your craving for being pampered look towards your make up cupboard. Try some of the items you haven’t used and practice making yourself look glam for your next date night out.

Turn the Lights On

With it being miserable and murky outside, it is always a good idea to create some light of your own inside by switching the lights on. Light can help the body boost its level of serotonin, a hormone that helps to make you feel happier. As it is the time of year to be jolly and festive, gather the Christmas lights and decorations from your storage and start to put them up to illuminate the house.

Read a Book

Now the lights are on and your spirits are already lifting, grab a book and curl up under your comfy soft blanket. With the routine of daily life, you may not get too many opportunities to sit and read in peace. Read something from your favourite author or, an informative book that appeals to you. Take a read of an autobiography of somebody you like. Fiction, non-fiction, a thriller, fantasy, folklore, travel, comedy, the list and choices are endless. Reading a book will immerse you and help the time fly by as you are waiting for the gloomy weather to lift. You can also while away some time reading the many blog posts we have for you here at Queenplay.


What! How? Don’t sit and stare at your bicycle as its tyres slowly deflate over the winter and you wish for drier and warmer times. You can always buy yourself an indoor cycling machine or, if you don’t like cycling, purchase a running machine or even a rowing machine. You can also exercise for free and be creative by running up and down the stairs. Switch your computer on and search for indoor exercises. There are hundreds of online videos that promote exercise routines without the need for equipment. Be competitive with yourself and get your blood pumping. Beat your planking record, push ups, squats, sit ups and come the spring you will be looking in great shape and be beach body ready.

Cook Something Healthy

Yes, you may need to take a short trip to the shop but the walk and fresh air will not do you any harm whatsoever! Cook a delicious meal that you have been thinking about making. Eating a well-prepared meal will boost your health and you will get satisfaction from preparing it. Don’t reach for the phone and order in some junk food. Take your time and let that tasty meal simmer, to tickle your taste buds and snack on some fruit and nuts as fillers. Use your slow cooker to make a chilli or stew, roast some meat, make a pie or bake a cake. If you are short on ideas of what to cook take a look at your recipe books or cook an old family favourite. You can even invite a friend round to join you in sharing the spoils so that you have some company.

Drink Sensibly

To compliment your healthy eating it is important to take on board plenty of fluids. Keep yourself properly hydrated and don’t resort to drinking sugary drinks or alcohol. If the weather is still inclement the following day a hangover will not be the answer. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and maintain healthy bodily function. A healthy alternative to water can be making yourself a delicious fruity smoothie for breakfast. There are loads of recipes to choose from and they are full of vitamins and minerals to give you a refreshing and healthy start to the day.

Watch Television or a Film

Sit down and switch on the TV to while away an hour or two. Watch a film that you have always meant to see, catch a game of your favourite sport, a documentary or that series all your friends have been raving on about. Get yourself snug and comfy and enjoy taking your mind off things. Oh, if you feel brave you can also check out the weather forecast as it’s not going to rain forever.

Get Yourself a Sun Lamp

A sun lamp is a special lamp that mimics natural outdoor light. Sun Lamps can help brighten your mood as it has a positive effect on the production of the hormone serotonin that makes you feel happy and melatonin that can help you sleep.

Don’t misconstrue a sun lamp for a sun tanning machine. Sun lamps filter out most of the ultra violet light reducing any potential damage to the skin.

Make a Nice Environment

You might start by doing a bit of housework to brighten the place up and remove the clutter that has piled up. It sounds boring, but it can be satisfying when you finish, stand back and pat yourself on the back. This has just set the scene for the next phase in creating a nice environment for the day. Having had the lights on while cleaning you can now dim them, light some candles and add some aromatherapy by misting essential oils or burning incense. You may want to switch on some of your favourite music or choose music that is soft and easy going as you sit down, close your eyes and relax for a while.

Play your Favourite Online Games:

Have some fun and entertain yourself by playing some online games. There are loads to choose from to pass away a couple of hours and forget about the weather outside. Why not play some of the favourite online games available at Queenplay like 7 Sins slot, a game featuring seven impressive women (one for each of the deadly sins) who can lead you to huge payouts, Vegas Single Deck Blackjack, which is the perfect choice for strategists, or The Travels of Marco slot, which will take you across Europe and Asia with a handsome guide.

So, you are limited in what you can do outside, but don’t just sit inside and curl up in a ball letting the mind wander. There are loads of things you can do to keep yourself occupied, improve your mood, improve your health, and potentially improve your wealth. Do things that you don’t usually have time to do and remember, Spring is just around the corner!

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