How to spice up your life on a rainy day in Berkeley

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You’re trudging back home after a long day of classes, your umbrella broke from a strong gust of wind, and you couldn’t get on the bus because it was already crammed with people trying to escape the rain. Sounds like the dark, cold, rainy Berkeley we experienced last week. While the gray skies and constant downpour can put you in a bad mood, here are some things we at the Clog think can lift your spirits during any rainy day.

Make hot chocolate (or any hot drink!)

Few things go together as well as hot chocolate and rainy days. When it’s pouring outside, why not heat up some milk and make a nice comforting cup of hot cocoa? If chocolate isn’t really your thing, make a nice steaming cup of any beverage of your liking and relax.

Read a book

Rainy days can be lazy days. If you have the time, pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read for a while. Surround yourself with lots of pillows and blankets, and you’ll have your own little reading nook as well!

Have a game night in

If lazing around by yourself isn’t what you’re feeling, why not call your friends over and have a game night? Whether its Monopoly, charades or a card game, having a game night will give you an excuse to perpetually stay in your pajamas while also being social and hanging out with friends.

Write a journal/blog entry

Inspiration can strike at any time, and even more so when it’s raining and you have deep, existential thoughts racing through your mind. Use this time to start that New Year’s resolution you never actually got to of journaling (or blogging). It’s an artistic activity that can really be helpful in channeling your emotions. Plus, it’s something that you’ll be able to look back on and think “Wow, that’s what I was thinking?”

Play an indoor sport

Lethargy doesn’t have to be the norm on a rainy day. If you’re looking for a way to stay fit, hit the RSF for one of its classes or try out an indoor sport with a buddy. (Basketball, squash, volleyball … the opportunities are endless!)

Do your homework/readings

Yes, we know you don’t want to hear it, but think of how happy you’ll feel once you get all that work out of the way!

Watch TV

While this activity may possibly be the most cliché, stereotypical thing to do, it’s ultimately the most satisfying. Curl up on your couch and explore all the terrific TV shows the internet has to offer!

We typically see rainy days as an annoyance, but we at the Clog hope that you can brighten up those cloudy days with some of the things we’ve recommended here.

Contact Ananya Sreekanth at [email protected].