Karen Carpenter might have been on to something there, but we don’t have to ride out that sentiment every single day of this rainy season. Mondays though, that’s for another discussion.
I’m not sure what exactly it is about the rain that makes us want to stay curled up in bed, sleeping or just nuzzled and cocooned, but there must be pillows or a blanket involved, a warm beverage (hot chocolate or a spiced tea) a book or movie, and if there is a furry animal around all the better. I’m sure Psychologists attribute some of this desire with that of being in the womb, but that’s not the direction we’re going with this article.
However tightly set in the fetal position we might be under a fluffy comforter on these rainy mornings, when the alarm goes off, we have to get up and get ready for work, unless you’re self-employed or independently wealthy, and in that case we’re just not talking to you right now.
For the rest of us, however, we slam the alarm, hoping we didn’t break it, and peel ourselves off the suddenly heavenly mattress (never knew you had such a comfortable bed did you?) then wonder how many cups of coffee will be needed to get you through the day.
It just seems the natural order that rain equals lower energy, a slower gait and a direct line to melancholy thinking. All we seem to focus on is “when is this day going to be over?”
Though this rings true, might we suggest a different approach? Trust us, we here in the Studio feel the effects of the rain, cloudy skies, traffic that gets infinitely worse with every droplet (ok, that we don’t understand) and the desire to randomly nap throughout the day. But we’ve decided to rally and find ways, albeit small, to enjoy this season.
This weather makes one think differently; don’t fight it, go with it. Allow the calm to help you see a different angle of the project you’re working on. Sip your hot tea more slowly and do something as seemingly insignificant as listening to the rain. Yes, turn the i-pod off.
Rainy weather somehow makes us turn inward, and it’s more than merely having to stay indoors; there is something calling us to slow everything down from the fast, sunny, pace we usually find ourselves in, and perhaps take inventory. Use this seemingly gloomy season allowing it to direct you into a more romantic way of thinking.
Yes, romantic. We’re not talking hearts and daisies, we’re talking about paying some attention to things that have been put in the “I’ll do it later” pile.
It’s a hassle to head out to a club (even though we’ll give you tips on how to look good in this weather) but try staying in, pour a glass of wine and finally dive into that book that’s been on your reading list forever. Move some furniture around to freshen up your living space, go through your music collection and have some fun rediscovering an old favorite, or get rid of some that just doesn’t do it for you anymore.
What most of us probably find disturbing about this season, is it takes away a lot of our usual and readily available distractions that prevent us from tending to ….well, ourselves.
Yes, we’ll most likely still slam the offensive alarm clock, craw towards our first (of many) cup of coffee, but after that, don’t feel defeated by the rain and the grey, take it as a reminder that every living thing needs it to grow, and that includes you.