Look for the positive
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Sure, you might be stuck in traffic. (Will. I. Ever. Move. Again?) But now you have some extra time to listen to that podcast you’ve been meaning to check out. Annoyed that rain ruined your weekend plans? At least you won’t need to water the lawn tomorrow. “Think about what might be positive or humorous about the situation,” suggests Samantha Berkule Johnson, PhD, a board-certified life coach in New York City. “Ask yourself how can you make it fun or beneficial, at least for the time being.” Here are really good reasons to feel optimistic on a rainy day.
“Even five to 10 minutes each day of quiet sitting, deep breathing, and clearing your mind can help alleviate anxiety and stress,” says Dr. Johnson. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that participants who meditated daily experienced more positive emotions over time. Ditch your phone and take a tiny vacation from anything complaint-worthy. It will help you reboot and may even lead to a new, positive outlook. These mini meditations can banish stress from your brain.