Argh….grey skies, drizzly days. Who needs them? Especially when, like us, you’ve been plummeted straight into bad weather after a spectacular run of sun-filled holidays.
Grey doesn’t have to mean gloomy, though. After a few hours of post-holiday funk, I decided to put together a list of pick-me ups for those drizzly days, to avoid the Winter blues. Here are some of my ideas for ways to keep children and grown-ups happy.
– Purchase (or borrow) some new books, for you and your children, to see you through the season. Snuggling up to share a good read is one of the best ways to replace all those big doses of sunshine.
– Buy a new set of bedding. It makes early nights feel like a treat. And those new books will come in handy when you wriggle into your clean, crisp sheets on a cold evening.
– Bake cakes, cook stews, brew up jams or chutneys…anything that is enjoyable to make (and even more pleasurable to eat).
– Sign up for that tv series you’ve been meaning to get round to watching. For us it’s Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones seasons 5 & 6, and Breaking Bad (we’ve never managed to get further than series 2). What’s on your list?
– Invest in a decent indoor airer. Nobody wants to be dashing out to the washing line every five minutes to rescue the school uniform from looming thunderclouds.
– Buy a new mug, just for you. It’ll make those comforting cups of tea feel all the more special.
– Find out what’s on at the local cinema or theatre. When the weather’s bad, the entertainment cranks up a notch, so you’ll usually find something to enjoy.
– Start planning for the next holiday. Whether it’s Hallowe’en prep, Christmas lists or leafing through holiday brochures, a little bit of escapism can help chase away the grey-weather funk.
– Embrace the drizzle. Yes, you read it right: put on some wellies and waterproofs, and seek out those big puddles for splashing in. You’re bound to come back with rosy cheeks and a good dose of happy hormones.
– While you’re out on your puddle-splashing expedition, why not take it further and make some mud pies? They’re surprisingly good fun, and the rain helps wash away the mess.
– And, if all else fails, there’s always good old soft play……
What do you do to cheer yourself up when the weather turns bad?