When it rains, I always feel nostalgic. I like to take the time to remember certain parts of my past and try to replicate those days, but it never works that way. Anything that happened in my past, is there for a reason. Trying to duplicate it tends to make things worse and then I start to feel like I’m stuck in a strange place that I can’t get out of. Why would I want to be stuck in my past, when I have the best looking ahead. These are the things that I do on rainy days. They are simple things, but they are very effective.
Reading provides one of the best escapes from the past. Reading allows me to utilize every part of my imagination, and also incorporating many kinds of emotions that are similar to the characters. At the moment, I’m actually reading two books, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. I enjoy both, but I do enjoy fantasy immensely more because it allows me to integrate even more of my own imagination. My favourite characters are Gandalf and Samwise Gamgee, I find that they are similar to me but they acquire an “out of this world” characteristic that I admire. (I will write a review on each book later on!)
Watching movies are the perfect escape method because you’re visually taken on a journey and you’re completely distracted from your life. I say distracted, because someone else is providing their imagination for you, but you enjoy their vision. I’m in the middle of watching The Fellowship of the Ring, I was really intrigued by comparing the movie to the book. Oddly enough, I enjoy both mediums equally the same. I thought Peter Jackson did a wonderful job translating the book to a movie. I was engaged every step of the way, similarly to the book, and I can’t wait to start reading The Two Towers so that I can watch the film as well!
Listening to music has always been a part of my life. One of the first records that I can remember getting was Baby One More Time by Britney Spears. I can still see myself holding onto the record, and showing it off to everybody, and truthfully, I think I still have it after 18 years. Although music can take me back to the past, it can also pump me up for the future. Music can make me feel optimistic, and hopeful. If I’m in a bad mood, or if I’m experiencing an anxiety attack, putting on music can help focus my attention on changing my mood. Currently I’m listening to DJ Encores’ new album, and I’m very much pleased with it.
Lastly, I must remember the most important thing to do, relax. My mind can get so busy with negative thoughts and my anxiety can trigger negative thinking patterns. It’s so important to remind myself that the best start of my day is to relax. Reading, watching movies, and listening to music is a big part of that. But if I may add one more tip, the best tip that I find that works for me, is breathing. Learning to deep breath has begun to change me, it started to make me appreciate things that I have. Deep breathing has also helped me change my negative thoughts to positive thoughts and for that I’m grateful.
Thats all I have for tips you can do on a rainy day, or any day really. I hope you have a wonderful day, and don’t forget to relax!