It is a rainy, gloomy day today. The kind of gray day that you just want to curl up under a blanket and watch old movie musicals or read a book you’ve read a thousand times before, maybe doze a little or cuddle with a loved one or a pet, and sip a hot beverage of your choice. Alas, I am instead trapped at my day job, too sleepy from the weather to even escape into my fantasy world like I normally do.
I am a human barometer, as is my husband, and it seems my son has inherited this as well. When the barometric pressure shifts and the clouds roll in, I quite literally feel as though someone is sitting on my forehead and sinuses. My eyelids get heavy, my thoughts get fuzzy, and I occasionally get a headache. I used to be able to tell if it got rainy out even when trapped in a windowless basement classroom. So why oh why did we ever leave sunny southern CA with typically only one month of rainstorms to move back to the northeast? Sometimes I wonder. I did miss the four seasons dreadfully, and I adore a huge thunderstorm, but days and days of gloom and damp and mist make me feel much older than I am. Guess I’m not cut out for ever living in Seattle or London.
Weather like this affects my creative productivity if I let it. Sometimes I give myself an evening just to relax, but tonight, since I’ll have commission work to finish up, I will combat the gloom with some hot tea, a little extra vitamin D, and energetic music or funny T.V. (I’m at the stage where it’s just busy handwork, so I can watch T.V. without having it ruin the piece). I may pep myself up with an invigorating essential oil blend on my pulse points. I’ll also give myself the promise of a hot shower after I finish my work to soothe my stiff muscles and achy joints.
What do you do to push yourself on when you’d rather just relax?