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10 Ways to Find Joy in the English Rain

Orianne is a Canadian teacher working through Protocol Education Bristol branch. We have had unseasonal wet weather this winter and Orianne has come up with some ways for us to enjoy it.

Rain, rain, go away, come again…but not this week!!  That is the mantra that sometimes plays involuntarily in my head as the winter, which should by all things natural be characterized by snow, continues to shower cold rain upon us.  But here we might all take a lesson from the English.  How have they survived so long, in such a wet country, without going insane?  Well, perhaps I don’t know all the secrets to that.  But here are 10 ways that you can survive a rainy winter without running mad by the end of it.

1. Take vitamin D
Whether you already take vitamin supplements  or stand in horror of pills (as I do), vitamin D is one which we are completely lacking in prolonged cloudy spells.  In Canada, all milk is fortified with vitamin D, but not so here.  So find a supplement you like, whether it is liquid, a pill, or a chewable tablet for kids!

2. Invest in Rain-Gear
You will never be able to truly enjoy anything beyond your own door if you are soaking and freezing.  An umbrella is good, but hardly wind-proof.  A hat, hood, or scarf, rain  boots, rain-proof jacket, and plastic bags to cover your teaching supplies / cell phone will help take the anxiety out of leaving the comfort of your home.  And bringing a spare pair of socks to work never hurt anybody.

3. Have a list of Rainy-Day activities
Weekends or days off in the rain can be incredibly dull.  But with a list of things you would like to do in the rain, you will always have something to look forward to.  A walk in the woods might be nice for outdoorsmen and photographers. A visit to an aquarium, museum, exhibit, indoor sports game or play could be fun!  Even if it’s just relaxing in a café, you won’t feel like a caged, wet bird.

4. Find the Melody
This might sound crazy, but when the rain is drumming on your window at night, it is very helpful to find a melody in it! (Think Bambi).  You might also take inspiration from this, and bring it into a music lesson in the next class you supply for!

5. Celebrate the Rain in Class!
The kids in your classroom are suffering from this just as much as you are.  Bring an appreciation of rain to your class!  Read stories about puddles, make music with rain-drop sounds, make art with umbrella-inspired concepts, add running through the rain as a movement in physical education, and compare the size of raindrops or swollen rivers in maths or geography.

6. Be Appreciative of What Rain Means
The importance of water is one we take for granted.  With your class, look at some areas of the globe that are lacking adequate water supplies.  Turn it into an inspiration – what can we do to make a difference?

7. Understand Local Rain Issues
With your kids, do a study of where the rain is causing problems, and why (flooding and drainage, etc).  Can the kids come up with solutions to the infrastructural problem?  Can they come up with survival packs for people whose homes are flooded?

8. Start Jogging
Jogging in the rain can be quite refreshing, if you’re willing to get wet!

9. Be Productive Indoors
When it starts gusting and hailing, you are stuck inside.  Get stuff done so you feel productive!  Clean the house and blast the music, use your vacuum as a guitar, cook, tidy, do some art, build a fort, and feel productive!

10. Enjoy the Sun When it DOES Come
What I have noticed about the Brits is that as soon as the sun appears, everyone is on the streets.  Learn from that example!  Let it be your joy.  And if you start to forget what that big golden ball looks like, just remember: “The sun will come out, tomorrow…”

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Tags: Orianne, Bristol, Canadian-trained, rain, England, differences, ideas, tips, days-off, sunshine, indoors, weather

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