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How to Work Your Way Through Your Rainy-Day Slump

Something about a rainy day really makes me want to lay in bed watching Netflix all day long. I’m not sure why but these rainy days always seem to happen on a weekday when I have a lot of work to get done. As we get deeper into the fall season, there are more and more rainy days and unfortunately, we can’t take every rainy day as an excuse to give ourselves a break. That being said, here are some things I’ve started to do when I find myself slipping into a rainy-day slump.

Get out of bed

Trying to get work done in your bed on a regular day is usually a no-go but especially on a rainy day. Get up, get out of bed, maybe make yourself a cup of coffee and sit down at your desk, kitchen counter, dining table, on the floor – really just anywhere other than your bed – and get to work.

Close the blinds

This one is especially difficult for me because I love having the blinds in my room open. It makes my room feel brighter and bigger and being able to see the sunshine and the world outside of my dorm makes me happy. I have found though that closing the blinds on a rainy day makes me forget that it’s a gloomy day and that I would rather be in bed than at my desk doing work.

Turn on all your lights

Being in the dark makes us tired and the last thing you want to be when you have things to get done is tired. Turn on your lights or else you will find yourself wanting to get into bed for a “quick” break that will turn into a couple hour long break.

Create background noise

I like to play music whenever I’m working because it helps me focus and while I know this isn’t for everyone, it will definitely drown out the sound of the rain. If your favorite music will distract you, maybe try a radio station or playlist you’ve never listened to before or some classical music! You can also try putting on the tv or a podcast about a subject that you’re uninterested in.

Hopefully these four things will help you get through your rainy-day slump. Be sure to reward yourself at the end of the day by opening your blinds back up, turning the lights off and getting into bed to watch some Netflix. 

Samantha is a junior studying Broadcast Journalism and Criminology at the University of Kentucky.
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