10 Rainy Day Activities for Introverts (or those self-isolating)
Updated: Apr 8
In the context of the virus and the fact that so many people are self-isolating and social distancing, I want to share some ideas for activities to do at home, besides working, eating, and sleeping! This post is relatable for most people, not just introverts at this time!
Let's pretend it's raining, (or perhaps it actually is) and you feel bored. But, you don't want to go out with people and you don't feel like going to public places. Ok, some of these activities are classics - like reading. But, sometimes all we need to get us going is a little bit of extra motivation.
I am one of those people who really enjoys the rain... all of it, from the sound of the rain hitting my window, to the gloomy light, and the smell of rain. I know that being indoors all day when it rains can get boring and dull. That is why I am compiling this list of 10 rainy day activities for my fellow introverts. And best of all, these activities require no other people!
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1. Play games on your tablet/phone/laptop
I spend time daily playing games on my tablet. I choose relaxing games such as multiplayer Scrabble. There are many city-building games, adventure, and puzzle games available for free, so if you want to just spend some time relaxing, try games.
> recommendations: Scrabble, Citytopia, Board Kings, other city-building games, or adventure games.
2. Read books
I like to read, and everyone knows reading is a favorite pastime for many people. Reading is both educational, helping develop your vocabulary and memory, and also interesting. Try reading a new genre and read outside your comfort zone. There are so many great new books and classics alike, just waiting to be enjoyed.
Check out these fiction recommendations. I am planning on picking up Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen.
> recommendations: classics, self-help, short stories, memoirs, fashion and lifestyle magazines
If you're more into non-fiction, there are so many books just waiting to be read.
Check out these recommendations:
Romantic poetry (from the Romantic period)
If you've never read the classics of British Romantic poetry such as Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan' you're missing out!
Self-help books for introverts
Here is a motivational and inspirational self-help book about harnessing the power of your introverted nature. Read Laurie Helgoe's book Introvert Power. This is a very special book for me because I've struggled with presenting myself to the world while staying true to my introvert self.
After reading many books on introvert personalities, I am unapologetic and just do whatever I like, whenever I want and I don't explain myself.
3. Clean out an area of your home
Some 'spring' cleaning is probably a good idea on a rainy day. Cleaning can have some therapeutic effects and it can actually be kind of fun, trust me. Just choose ONE thing/space to clean. Don't overwhelm yourself with cleaning and clearing out.
I've decided to get organized and I purchased some storage solutions. I started with clearing out my makeup and skincare collection which was a nuisance to deal with. I took up too much space in our small bathroom. Once I placed everything in my drawers and wicker baskets, it looks much better.
> recommendation: curate your closet, clean your pantry, clean a closet or storage space, clean the fridge, re-arrange a part of your home
4. Take a nature walk through the rain
If you're a fan of walking through the rain with an umbrella, I suggest you get out and take a walk through a park, or green space. If you can't find any, just walk around the city anyway and do some good old people-watching.
I honestly love walking in the rain and just meditating. I try to let go of all the things clouding my brain and judgment.
> recommendation: walk through the park and observe different types of trees, plants, and flowers
5. Find new blogs to read
> recommendation: search Google and social media for new blogs to follow and read something new, discover some new information
6. Try a new recipe
Good food is always a good idea. But, have you considered trying something new? How about a more complex recipe, or something you've never cooked before? A rainy day can be the perfect opportunity to start baking something tasty. Baking my own bread sounds like a good challenge.
> recommendation: try something you don't usually make, like a vegan meal, a healthy dessert, or bread