We are having a rough early spring here in Louisville. We’ve had constant overcast skies and rain since last week, and you guys…there is no end in sight. There is only one day of sunshine predicted in the next two weeks!!
Last week, I got hit hard by the Rainy Day Blues. It was pretty bad–I was 0% productive, grumpy with my family, and extremely groggy. That’s when I knew I had to come up with some ideas to get me through April that don’t involve escaping to California. Our budget is pretty tight in this season of life, so these are all ideas I came up with that cost $20 or less (most are actually under $10 or free).
1. Add some spring color to your home.
I’m not talking a new couch, just a little bit of something bright that will stand out amidst all the grey. It could be as simple as adding some bright, (real or artificial) flowers to a vase and putting them on your coffee table.
2. Wear bright colors.
My tendency is to dress in response to the weather. If it’s grey, I tend to wear darker colors; if it’s warm and sunny, I crack out the white and brights. However, when you dress gloomy like the weather, it’s just another instance of grey in your life. You don’t need that! If it’s rainy and you’re craving spring, dress like it’s spring! Today, I cracked out a white denim jacket, lavender maxi dress, and my go-to dressy black sandals. I already feel better than yesterday when I was wearing black and grey. Coincidence? I think not.
3. Make, listen, and dance to a mood-boosting playlist.
Nothing puts me in a good mood faster than one of my favorite cheesy pop songs. My playlist is filled with Beyoncé and “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack. Just choose those songs that make you want to dance, no matter how bad of a day you’re having. You know the ones I’m talking about!
Take the time to put them in a “Good Mood Songs” podcast, so that you can turn it on whenever you’re hit with negativity. It will make a big difference very quickly, trust me!
4. Bake a springtime dessert.
Sometimes, nothing will help your mood out more than some good comfort food. Whatever comes to your mind when you think of springtime dessert, make that. My go-to recipes are Strawberry Shortcake and Coconut Cream Pie.
5. Invite some friends over for an inexpensive spa and movie night.
You can easily create a low cost girls’ night for you and a few friends! Have everyone bring the munchies while you focus on the spa activities and movie selection. Whip up a few DIY face masks and hair masks, make a jar of sugar scrub, and lay out a nail station with some bright, springy colors. While you let masks settle and nails dry, pop in a good Rom Com!
6. Go out for ice cream.
A spring treat like ice cream can put you in that “fake it ’til you make it” mentality that makes the grey weather more bearable. Enjoying a spring-like activity with friends can make you forget that the weather has not caught up yet! Get a flavor that reminds you of springtime, like strawberry or peach, to really get in the mood.
7. Go window shopping at the mall or your favorite local boutiques.
Sometimes all you need is just to get out of the house. Going to your favorite stores filled with all of their bright, spring merchandise, can be a great cure. Enjoy a little retail therapy too, if your pocketbook can spare it. If not, just enjoy window shopping through the happy colors that seem to have no idea what the weather is like outside.
8. Take a “daycation” to a nearby town/city.
While this is one of the pricier options on this list, it can be very therapeutic to escape to another place for the day. It’s particularly helpful if you can get to a place with a little more warmth and sunshine! For example, here in Louisville, we can get to both Indianapolis and Nashville in under 3 hours. Nashville offers significantly better weather this time of year. We’ve had two day trips there already this spring! Find a place that you like and enjoy a day exploring and eating delicious food.
9. Make a spring craft.
Knock out “adding spring color to your home” and get your crafty side on by finding a good project. Make a floral wreath, paint a cute sign, make a floral monogram, create a spring banner, or decorate some glass vases to add brightness while doing something therapeutic.
10. Embrace the sleepy mood – curl up with tea or coffee and a good book.
If all else fails, embrace the grey by doing some of your favorite winter activities that you won’t enjoy as much when the sun comes out. Curl up with your favorite hot beverage, crack open your favorite book, and enjoy some time in a cozy chair. While you may be wishing for spring, you’ll soon have to say goodbye to the greatest cold weather activities. Soak it up while it lasts!
While the grey weather can be depressing, invest some time in inexpensive self-care to make this season a little bit more positive. You’ll feel much better!