“Rain, Rain, go away! Come again another day!” There are many quotes about the rain and cold weather we can recite, but they never stop the feeling of dread when you wake up to it. Especially a cold winter rain.
There seems to be a consensus regarding how we should feel about cold weather and rain. What if we took the incredibly wise words of country singer Luke Bryan to heart? “Rain is a Good Thing.” We do, after all, live in in the beautiful United States of America.
Being a Georgia gal living in the Pacific Northwest, I have become an expert on finding happiness in the rain. Today I am sharing a few tips to turn that rainy day frown upside down, and shake the winter blues.
Sparkle! Sparkle! XX -gwyn
#1 Thank you Debbie for posing for a Rainy Day photo shoot. YOU ARE SIMPLY RADIANT! …INSIDE AND OUT!
#2 Miss Molly Rainbow braving the cold and modeling her pink Sparkle coat in the cold snow.
Sparkling Charm Press: A version of this Sparkling Charm post appeared in The Ranger and online at NorthwesMilitary.com.
Hey There Cold Winter Weather and Rain, Let’s Dance!
5 Tips to Turn A Rainy Day Frown Upside Down and Shake the Winter Blues
1. Seek out light! Less daylight and the cover of rain clouds can be dreary, but it isn’t completely dark all day. Make an effort to go outside. Take a walk or a hike and admire how the rain paints your surroundings in deeper shades. Take breaks during the day. Step outside, open your arms to the sky, and gaze up into the gorgeous trees, while taking in long deep breaths.
Another option is to incorporate more light inside your home. Replace bulbs that produce yellow light for bulbs that produce white light. Add decorative lamps to rooms you spend the most time in. Replace thick lampshades with thinner ones. Add a cozy vibe by repurposing holiday lights and hanging them around your home.
2. Challenge yourself. Setting challenging, yet achievable goals for yourself can lead to a positive change when it comes to rainy day blues. What is one thing you have always wanted to do but never have the time? Now is the time. Cook your way through a cookbook. Train for a marathon. Learn to use photoshop and set up a photography challenge for yourself. Redecorate a room. Write a novel. Print your favorite photos and finally get that scrapbook done. Set some goals and get to it!
3. Plan something and execute. Planning something with a quick execution will get your mind off the rain. Does your budget allow for a weekend trip this season? Go somewhere warmer. Plan a party. Perhaps a movie night, a potluck, or a clothing exchange party. Are you moving in the near future? Start a notebook and plan how you will decorate your new space.
4. Good Scents. Aroma therapy is a quick way to change your mood within minutes. Buy a favorite candle or essential oils for a diffuser. Try a stove simmer with apples and cinnamon sticks or bake bread or cookies.
5. Embrace the Rain. Focusing on the negative is easy. It takes effort to notice and embrace the things you love about this season and this beautiful area. Practice mental mantras when you feel the blues headed your way. For example, “I get to wear fun rain boots today. I can’t wait to walk through a puddle and watch the water dance around my feet.” Think about it, what do you love about the rain and/or cold weather that you can embrace?
Yes, we have to deal with a season of winter weather and cold rain, but of course, the season always comes to an end. Spring flowers will bloom, birds will sing, and the warm sun will shine bright adding a SPARKLING CHARM TWINKLE to our eyes. In the meantime, TURN THAT RAINY DAY FROWN UPSIDE DOWN! GET HAPPY! …AND DANCE IN THE RAIN.
Copyrights & Credits//Author, Creator: Gwyn @SparklingCharm.com
Models, The Radiant Debbie and Miss Molly Rainbow
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