How To Get Over A Rainy Week

Day 199/365: It’s been raining for a week and a half now…

“Drops of rain splash and ripple into a blue sea of water in Nederland” by Inge Maria on Unsplash

I really don’t mind a little rain. Maybe I’m fine with two consecutive days of rain and overcast. I really like my photos to have some cloudy backgrounds, to be honest. But when you get 7 or 8 or 9 days of non-stop rain, things get muddy and wet not just on the outside, but also on the inside.

Psychologists talk about the “rain depression”, a mood in which people find themselves after a prolonged period of nothing but rain outside of their windows. While this “disease” is not as serious as actual depression is, it can damper your work, your social interactions and your overall mood.

So how do you get to survive a week of nothing but rain and heavy clouds?

  1. Use a bright light inside your office — even if there’s enough light coming in from the outside, whenever you’re inside you should use a bright, yellow light and have it standing somewhere you can see it briefly. This will give your brain the idea that there’s some sunlight coming in from somewhere, even if it’s not. The brain doesn’t really care about it, as long as it mimics the look of sunrays and it stays on.
  2. Music your way out of moodiness — whenever I’m feeling down for some reason or another, music is my favourite way of tampering with my moodiness monster. I listen to really loud, really catchy and really bombastic songs, like Oceana and her “Endless Summer”, for example, which immediately makes me feel like there’s nothing but sunshine out there. It’s not, but hey, it makes it easier to live with it.
  3. Read a good novel — this only works with novels. Don’t read self-help books when it’s raining. They don’t work. You’ll find them boring and useless because you feel boring and useless from the rain. Which is why you need a mood-booster. And there’s no better way to boost your mood than to read a fun, exciting and adventure-filled novel.

How do you survive a week-long rain? Leave your comments below!

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