Rainy Day Activities That Will Improve Your Mental Health
Looking for ways to increase your emotional well-being? Getting outside can work wonders, even when it’s raining. According to Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn, DO, psychiatrist and chief medical officer of LifeStance Health, a virtual and in-person outpatient mental health care provider, these times spent outdoors are critical to our well-being. “It may sound simple, but things like following a routine, eating nutritious meals, spending time with loved ones, and getting outside every day are all helpful tools in ensuring we’re taking care of our overall mental health.” , she says. Ultimately, there are plenty of ways to make the most of a day out in the rain – you just need to prepare accordingly. Ahead, we describe several activities that will help you get out even when it rains.
Here are the 4 best activities to boost mental health
Listen to a meditation
Dr. Patel-Dunn shares that “the sky really is the limit” when it comes to activities aimed at improving mental health. You can enjoy the outdoors in the rain and listening to meditation is one of them. Go through a session in the comfort of a covered terrace where you can hear the rain, for example. To get started, try out meditation apps, like Calm, Headspace, or Insight Timer, which offer guided meditations you can follow.
Go for a walk
Considered one of the best activities to boost mental health, you can gather an umbrella and brave a walk or hike in the rain. “For most people, taking time out to walk in nature — or even just around the block — can be an enjoyable way to take care of yourself, rain or shine,” notes Dr. Patel-Dunn. Combine this activity with the above by taking a walking meditation, which will help you center your thoughts as you walk.
Read a book
Are you a bookworm? If you have a covered outdoor space, sit under it and read a few chapters while it’s raining. Ultimately, though, you can try just about any restful and restorative activity in this protected space — you can stream an episode of your favorite show or browse a yoga stream, if you have the space. As long as you choose a ritual that stimulates joy and happiness, you will reap the benefits of practicing it outdoors.
Jump, play and dance with your children
“Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new,” Dr. Patel-Dunn. “Incorporating these moments of self-care into our daily lives can really make a difference in overall mental well-being.” It can be as simple as rounding up the kids and rushing through the rain; playing in the mud, jumping in puddles, dancing and twirling. You will quickly remember that there is nothing quite like the feeling of wet earth under your feet and that jumping from puddle to puddle is something you are never too old to enjoy.
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