Things to do When it’s Raining

Oh London, how I love you so…

More often than not, it’s raining in London. And when it rains, for those of us who managed to get a day off, we’re stuck inside.

On these tragic days, I find myself bored and restless, debating whether or not I have the courage to breach the drizzly storm outside in pursuit of a 20p Freddo from the corner shop.

Raining outside? Here’s a few things I do to keep myself occupied on a rainy day:

1.Netflix (or other streaming sites)

Trusty old Netflix, always there when I need a friend…. or six. Netflix has hundreds of titles and TV shows to keep you company when it’s raining (not sponsored by the way – p.s Netflix call me).

A few of my favorites include: ‘Cloud Atlas’ and ‘Black Mirror’ – all seasons, including Bandersnatch (you will NOT regret it).

If you think you’ve watched all that is good on Netflix already, and perhaps feel a little more daring, I would suggest venturing to the foreign films and TV series.

A few favourites of mine include: “Strong Girl Bong-Soon” and “Suspicious Partner” if you’re up for a good laugh mixed with a little danger.

2. Learn a new skill

Learning a new skill is not only a fun and productive pastime but also a way to discover a new hobby! Always wanted to try yoga I hear you say? Well now’s your chance!

Father’s Day is fast approaching, why not learn out how to knit a pair of socks? YouTube is a great source for tutorials of all kinds, the internet is your oyster!

I am now the proud owner of a variety of origami pigeons, cranes and doves, having learnt how to make them through YouTube tutorials. You could be too!

3.Have a pamper day!

Keep those toe nails in check and tackle those rebellious upper lip hairs or just have a nice soak with a hot beverage or a cool glass of wine, (grape juice for me).

Hit play on a Jazz (or other genre) playlist and feel the tension and stress melt away with every note and key.

Just because the weather is down doesn’t mean you are too. Blast your music as loud as you can and have a dance party! Your neighbors are probably at work, so let go and dance as if no one is watching. (because no one is!)

Sometimes that rainy day gives us the chance to take a break from our busy schedules, we are able to stay cocooned in our dens and without worrying about the rest of the world.

I personally love it when it rains, it gives me the chance to take things slowly, stop and take a break that I didn’t realize I needed.

Yes, most of the time rain is quite inconvenient, but nothing in life is perfect. 

By Viola Bascombe