I get so 'down' when it's raining. How about you? Any suggestions?

@mentalward (14695)
United States
August 28, 2008 1:34pm CST
I don't exactly get depressed, but when the barometric pressure takes a plunge, so does my energy level. I have no 'get up and go', no 'umph'! I just want to sleep or watch TV all day. Are you like this or do you know of anyone who is? How do you/they handle it? Are there any tricks you use to counter the effects of the rain; to get more energy? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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33 responses
• United States
28 Aug 08
I don't get down... but I do take it as a time to relax. I love to sleep when its raining. Its relaxing and makes me feel comforted.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Thank you! I don't feel so alone now. I'll just consider them as "a day off".
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I usually get kinda down when it's raining too, but we haven't had rain in a while so the showers we had yesterday were most welcome. It wasn't a hard rain, just a nice gentle mist off and on all day, and the temperature was between 75-80, and it really felt good. We usually have a downpour and my little garden area floods and I have to bail everything out and put up blockades, etc, so this was a nice change. A day of that here and there is nice and I didn't feel depressed at all.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Okay, you make #3 who gets 'down' by rainy days. I'm not the only one! We should create a 'rainy day club'. The rain we've had today has been a gentle, steady rain all day. Right now it's almost over and it has been misting outside for awhile now. But it never got out of the 60's... a little chilly. (So weird for August!) But my plants are loving it and are all so happy and green now! I'm so sorry your garden floods! I lived in a place like that before. You know what I did? I built a raised garden bed. Can you do that where you are? It really makes a world of difference when it's in an area that floods often and they're really not hard to make at all!
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I can't do anything here because I'm renting. I have a few things alongside the house which is of course directly below the gutters, which weren't installed evenly so they spill over terribly with a good rain. It floods horribly and I've tried everything - digging ditches, cleaned the gutters, propping a piece of plywood over the worst spot so it will run down and over the 'garden' area - none of it really helps. I won't be doing this again, I'm trying to get my stuff together to buy a home now, but I'm having trouble with realtors. I WILL have something worked out before planting season next year.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Aug 08
You go, girl!
• United States
29 Aug 08
well i dont usually do much but house work when it is a rainy day... so if i absolutly dont feel like doing ANYTHING. I go to the store and get a blue demon. wich is an energy drink come home blast my music and once i drink that blue demon im good to go LMAO... now if you dont wanna drink a caffeien drink try like a tripple shot esspreso or somthing like that.... thats the only thing i know of to do. unless you find some all natrual energy pills like green tea.. also green tea helps you loose weight so its good for both:)
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Hmmm, you've given me an idea. I'll just drink more green tea on rainy days. I already drink green tea, but not every day. I'll start drinking more of it. That should help! I've recently cut down on my caffeine consumption to help lower my blood pressure, so I don't need any more of it. Espresso has caffeine! It contains approximately three times the caffeine content of regular brewed coffee per volume! No way I'd drink that! Whew! I'd be buzzing around the house with my blood pressure through the roof for sure! Nah, I think I'll stick to the green tea. Thanks so much for the reminder! I had forgotten all about green tea for energy.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
You are veary welcome!! I tried a trip[le shot esspreso one tme when i was wokring at the olive garend, all i did was take one tiny sip and it had me so wired i had the shakes... so theres ALOT of energy right there haahaha. BUt ive had the ones from starbucks in the littlr cans they taste nast but they do the job without the shakes.lol green tea is the best on rainy days if you have it because when its rainy there tends to always be a slight cold draft and the green tea surley will warm you up!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Oh, I think the rain has a different effect on me. I love the rain, except for my husband not getting to work. I can curl up into a chair and read, compute, or just nap! It doesn't bother me. I just want to do as little as possible, but it doesn't bother me at all. The only think I don't like is when the rain brings along lots of thunder and lightning! Then I begin to worry about all these tall oak and pine trees around my house! The one pine tree that got struck by lightning a month or so ago during a sunny day is enough for me to worry about the lightning strikes!
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Animals hearing is very keen. I once had a ear exam, many years ago, for a job. They told me that I could hear sounds that I shouldn't be able to hear, but I probably couldn't do that now. Any way, I suppose, if you really pay attention that cat could tell you something. I know these dogs out here bark and we can't see or hear a thing, but they sure do! Gosh! Sounds like you did have an experience with lightning. I'd have been taking off at the first sound of the hit! I've watched one from our kitchen table before, but it wasn't near as loud as the one the first of the month. Both my grandson and I thought someone had shot at us! Never thought about it being a lightning strike. Did you know that lightning will travel 100 feet when it strikes something outside? That is scary.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Like many others, I find rain relaxing. I love to watch it rain and have been known to take an old blanket and go out on the patio while it's raining. I suppose my energy level is lower then, too, but it may be best to just go with the flow rather than fighting it. Do something quiet that you really enjoy and you might come to look forward to a rainy day.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Thank you for your suggestion. I've seen that others have the same idea so I'm definitely going to change my attitude about rainy days! I've decided to put one of my hobbies aside specifically for rainy days. I'll work on that hobby at whatever pace I feel like and, other than that, just relax and nap when I feel like it. I've always been a busy person. Not frantic, by any means, but busy. I'll always have something in my hands to do while watching TV. I guess I'm just so used to being that way that, when I feel like doing nothing on rainy days, I feel guilty that I'm not doing more. I'll definitely work on that! No more feeling guilty! We all deserve a day off every now and then, right? Okay, then. It's settled. I feel better about it already! Thanks so much!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Find an activity that you love...and reserve it for rainy days. Then you will do something and not feel guilty because it is not a normal activity that you do but a special rainy day one.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Well, I DO love myLotting! Actually, I think you're onto something here. I have about a gazillion hobbies; I think I could reserve one especially for rainy days! Hmmm, maybe my claywork. I have started making bas relief pictures of all breeds of dogs (with my cute little Maltese baby posing for that one). That's something I've realized I just don't have much time for, so making that a rainy day activity would work great! Thanks so much for such a great idea!
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I have the problem of fibro weather related headaches, along with just feeling really tired like you are describing. I haven't found a cure for it yet either. I just take it easy those days. I hope the rain clears up for you soon.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Aha! THAT could explain it! I have fibro AND arthritis, neither of which tolerate damp weather very well. I have lupus, too, but I don't think that's affected by the weather. According to my Weatherbug thingie at the bottom of my screen, the rain is just about over now. Of course, it's also saying we've received 0.0 inches of rain so far! Yeah, right. Thank you! I'm going to stop feeling guilty about lounging around and just enjoy it from now on. We deserve a break, anyway, dealing with fibromyalgia!
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
29 Aug 08
I feel like that in winter. in fact when summer is over and it gets colder I already feel agitated, so when winter comes you can imagine how bad tempered I can be. I don't know how to handle it, usually in winter I just avoid going out and meeting people unless I really have to. I don't like rain either but not as much as I hate winter.
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@fedge098 (1331)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Like the others I do not feel "down", rather I feel more relaxed and at peace. Rain cleans up the air and it cleans up my thought. The sound of water dropping in our roof is a music that hypnotizes me until peace comes into my mind and soul. Rain is my medium to relaxation. Hopefully you find it the same way I do. ^_^
@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Aug 08
Hey c'mon... you cant have it both ways Yesterday you were wanting the rain!! I suggest you go out and dance in it, splash in the puddles, get soaked through and exhausted. Then you go in, soak in a nice bath, put your fluffy jarmies on and have cocoa and cookies. Where's my fuel We're used to it here...
@singout (980)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Amen to that, Wizziwig!! I was just going to respond with that same statement but you beat me to it. She should be running and jumping around in it. That'll get the old circulation going. I guess the fuel deal is off. I read it. I'm a witness. LOL
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Hahahaha! But I wanna have it both ways! I was only complaining about the lack of rain for my poor plants outside. They just kept looking at me pleadingly and making me feel guilty. I could hear their dry, raspy voices saying, "Please, send us some rain!" The little bitty grass voices were the worst, with their little, squeaky pleas for help. Okay, okay, I know what you're thinking. No, I'm not nuts. Well, maybe just a little, but I don't actually HEAR their voices, I FEEL them. I'm more empathetic than anyone I've met yet. I physically FEEL the pain of others, including plants and bugs. It's just horrible sometimes! (My kids used to LOVE to tease me about it by showing me every single boo boo they'd get, even if it was only a scratch and especially if there was blood involved, just to make me shiver, the little brats!) It was the guilt that made me want the rain. The guilt, I tell ya! Actually, I love summer rains. They really are soothing on the soul. But, I've always been affected by the barometric pressure. Maybe my screen name should be something like "BaroBabe"? I love the rain but it doesn't love me. Is that okay? Actually, I think part of it is my arthritis and fibromyalgia. They kick up their heels in weather like this. It's horrible in the winter! About your fuel, I'm waiting for it to stop raining so I can measure it accurately. I don't want to cheat you, you understand.
@Wizzywig (7859)
28 Aug 08
Hmmm, OK then, since you have selflessly put yourself in pain for the sake of the poor suffering plants, maybe we'll cut you some slack and I wont give you details of any ailment I may or may not have, in order to minimize your pain. I can be patient about the fuel since I have about half a tank and dont have to travel far until Wednesday. I wouldn't want it watered down - that would play havoc with the car and I wouldn't want to be paying out for a mechanic right now.
@acegirl (127)
• China
29 Aug 08
OH, we are almost same. I hate rainy days. I dunno why. it really sucks and makes me down. And i find out that all stuff about sadness is because of rain. But i don't feel like watching TV or sleep all day along..At this point, we are different, I just do the things i wanna do , but with less 'uhmf' or less energy or less desires to do those things. I don't have any suggestions, maybe it's about a person's personality, we sometimes don't have to be so sad.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Oh, I'm not sad on rainy days. I just don't have much energy. I do what I have to do but very little else. I'm usually a very upbeat and energetic person, always moving and doing things. But, when it rains for long periods of time, I just get so tired! It makes me feel 'heavy', like I've gained 50 pounds all of a sudden. Someone made a suggestion of drinking green tea. I already drink it, just not every day and never thought to drink more of it on rainy days. So, I'll be doing that. I got another suggestion of selecting a hobby and only working on it on rainy days. I love that idea! I've already picked out the hobby I'll save. It should make me look forward to rainy days!
@Cdavis4 (56)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I think that everyone feels that way. Because when it rains, the sun starts hiding, and everyone knows, (well normal people LOL) that going to bed when its dark is common sense. But you are not alone!! I get tired especially when it rains. Even more so now that I am 27 weeks pregnant... rainy days dont help the sleepyness. LoL
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Well THAT certainly makes sense! I have never thought of it that way before. But then, I'm not quite normal, either. LOL I go to bed when I'm sleepy and wake up quite often when it's still dark outside. I don't work outside the home and don't have 'set' hours that I must work, either, so I am able to do that. But, I know what you're saying. I never thought of it as a psychological thing before; I always thought of it as a barometric pressure on my body thing. That makes perfect sense. From childhood, we are put to bed when it's dark, or getting dark. We accept that as normal, deep inside our subconscience. Okie dokie, then. It's settled. From it's deepest caverns, my poor brain is telling me it's time to sleep. Well, I'll just listen to it from now on and not question it anymore! Cool! Thanks! BTW, congratulations on your impending motherhood! I peeked at your profile and understand your situation. I'll have some ideas for you in one of your posts. Take care!
@littleowl (7157)
28 Aug 08
Hi MM..yep I get like that too but dont want to sleep all day perhaps til midday then am just so lethargic and feel its a chore to take the dogs out for a walk even infact I could stay in my nightware all day..sorry don't have a rememdy but would like to hear what other mylotters come up with...littleowl
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Thank you! You're helping me to feel a little less crazy! I've already had two naps today. I was going through some paperwork after the first one and, before I knew it, I couldn't hold my eyes open any more. I HAD to take another nap! Actually, Debs_place had an excellent idea. Save a good hobby specifically for a rainy day. I have tons of hobbies and I usually work on whichever one I feel like working on that day. I've decided to put my claywork aside for rainy days only. That will most likely have me looking forward to rainy days!
@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
16 Sep 08
Hello mentalward. How are we today? The reason most of us feel as you have described here, is due to NEGATIVELY charged ions in the air, or atmosphere. These charged particles have a direct affect on one's energy level, as they basically "neutralize" or "level" out the body's own electrical activity. This in turn, is why we sometimes feel sleepy, more relaxed, or get "depressed" as it were, whenever it rains. Call it: "Nature's Balancing Act". Hmmm, "tricks" to counter the effects? Not really. However, eating protein foods, a little orange juice, or even a sip of Gatorade perhaps, should "charge up" those POSITIVE bodily ions. Just don't over do it, or we'll have to shoot you with a bolt of lightning to bring you down. :-) Cheers luv. cdrxo
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
16 Sep 08
Well, a nice hot shower usually does the trick. Foaming with a fresh scented body foam also helps. Green tea fragrance works the best. Otherwise, try a nice big frothy cup of concentrated hot chocolate. In fact, if I can afford to laze around and watch TV when it rains, that is the best! Listening to the rain pitter and pattering on the windows as the rhythm lulls one to sleep. Heaven on earth! What more could you ask for?
@Cannonball (3635)
• France
30 Aug 08
I like rain pretty much,everytime it rains U can be sure I would be happy maybe its because I am Pisces,I like the sound of rain and it makes me feel like its cleaning all the city. However,if I have to get out when its raining I could say that its not the same I mean all the umbrella thing,sliding streets and transportations and all it can be pretty annoying. maybe when its raining U can just stay home and enjoy your time there I mean yeah enjoying a movie,cooking or do something U like without thinking about anything else
@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Not that I get down when it rains, I just feel sleepy and a bit tiring. Overall, I still love the rain. I like the cold weather because I can sleep like a baby when it's cool. Before, I even wanted to stay under the rain.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 Aug 08
i find that i am tired when it is raining because i generally have a headache when the barometric pressure drops. i dont work outside of the house but i do force myself to do stuff around the house besides mylot. lol!
@sweetyethot (1738)
• China
29 Aug 08
do you like music?i hope you like some rock music or heavy metal music or any kind that can make you high or you think its suitable to dance to.try it.i hope it helps.also you can read.reading would be so fun in rainy day,esp.some wonderful stories.find something interesting to do and you wouldnt feel you hate rainy day.
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Rain is good to the environment if it isn't a hurricane. I am happy especially when rain comes because it is a cool feeling sensation, but when I attend in high school years -rain is my most hated factor, because it wets my uniform from going to school. But now I'm always in my house, I don't care if its raining outside, my care is to type on my computer and log in on mylot