It’s supposed to be summer where I live. The birds are supposed to be chirping. I’m supposed to be outside playing in the dirt, weeding, and taking care of my flowers and plants, but instead, I’m inside with the HEAT ON(!) and feeling blah…

I figured some of you might be in the same boat, so I’m listing a few activities and things to do to boost our moods:


I know what you might be thinking: “I can barely draw a stick figure!” That’s okay! You don’t have to be a professional artist, you just have to pick up a colored pencil or paintbrush grab a piece of paper or a sketchbook and doodle. Hop over to my Pinterest “Drawing” board to get some ideas! (And here is my recommendations/quick links for my favorite colored pencils and sketchbook!) And if all else fails, grab an adult coloring book!


Whether you’ve just moved into a new abode or you’ve been living in your space for a while, there’s always a room that needs sprucing up. Maybe you have a big wall that needs a personalized photo collage? Or your bedroom could use a little more cozy? Maybe you can give your blasé bathroom more of a spa-like feel? Create a space that makes you feel happy!


This is a great option if you’re at work. (However, it’s a great little tool if you’re at home, too!) Currently, I’m using lavender to remedy some sinus inflammation I’m dealing with, but it’s also a great mood-booster and relaxer as well. But if lavender relaxes you to the point of an even more blah-mood, I recommend a citrus-based essential oil like orange or lemon that should energize you. Check out my friend Nicole Frye, my DoTerra Essential Oil representative. She’s got what you need and is wonderful at recommending the right essential oils for your needs.


My newly-found friends, Eva and JP of the Discovering Hidden Gems blog, offer travel posts to help you escape to warmer weather and inspire exciting exploitative thoughts. In fact, if you join their mailing list, you’re entered into a drawing to win free hotel accommodations at a wide variety of destinations including spots like Virginia, Arizona, Cancun, Paris, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Italy, and much more. Check them out, and start planning your next trip! It’s sure to boost your mood!


Now, obviously, you shouldn’t watch a movie that leaves you feeling sad or down-in-the-dumps, but rather a feel-good film that makes you happy. Here’s a list of some feel-good movies you may have forgotten about. (Also, check out these TV shows!) Snuggle up with your favorite soft blanket, a cup of tea or coffee, or your favorite snack, and escape into a brighter world!


Currently, my Pandora is either set to Dave Matthews or Frank Sinatra. Rusted Root is also an upbeat, fun option. Tune in to an old favorite OR explore some new artists. Music just makes you feel good!


When we can’t have sunshine, we make our own! Turn on all the lights you can. Light a scented candle for a warm glow and added up-lifting scent. Make a trip to the nearest store for some twinkle lights and incorporate them into your space. Turn on all the lights in your house if you have to! You can’t do anything about the gloomy weather outside, but you can most certainly add light in your home.


When you’re feeling gloomy, it’s the perfect time to reflect on things you’re thankful for. Get a piece of paper, and make a list. Or just simply sit down with a cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of wine, look around, and notice little things that bring you joy. A picture or photo album. A house plant. The intricate design of a rug. The feel of your soft sofa. Any little thing that brings you happiness!


I’m not a great cook (at least, not compared to my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, all of which are/were ah-MAY-zing southern culinary artists), but I can hold my own in the kitchen. And I enjoy looking up new recipes, experimenting, and, of course, EATING! Plus, there’s usually a lot of light in a kitchen. Turn on your favorite tunes, and cook! (And dance around a little if you feel moved!) For Keto-friendly inspiration, check out my Keto Recipes Pinterest Board!


Studies show reading forces the mind to fully-concentrate on something else (IF you can get your mind to focus, which I sometimes have trouble doing). Once you get into that book though, you’re transported, and on a dreary day, that can be your ticket out of a yucky mood. I’m currently reading If You Ask Me, which is a collection of Eleanor Roosevelt’s columns, and Distant Shores by Kristen Hannah. For other book recommendations, check out some of these blogs from my fellow friend-bloggers:



Who knows? Maybe with these gloomy day activities, you’ll end up liking rainy days just as much as sunny days?!


About the author

Hi! I'm Dorothy! First off, thank you for visiting Life's A Dance! Secondly, you're reading this to find out more about me, so.... Long story short: I grew up on a cattle operation in the mountains of western Virginia, where I still live today. I enjoy Clogging, teaching at my dance studio, reading, writing, traveling, trying to be artistic, and finding new and improved ways to work while still enjoying this wonderful blessing we've been given - life. I'm a dreamer and an outside-the-box thinker that lives life slightly differently than most and is not a fan of conventionalism. I believe in living out loud, stopping to smell the roses, loyalty to family and friends, and being grateful to look up at a beautiful, blue sky.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring me! 🙂 I love to read and I been doing a goal to see how many books I read by years end. Once I get a real good understanding of blogging, I would like to return the favor for you as well as you did for me here. I have been trying to figure out so much and I have yet to figure out how to find if I have any subscribers. However, I just wanted to thank you personally for featuring me on here. I enjoyed your to-dos and actually wrote down some for me to prettify my own space. Anytime you wish to chat just send me a message or tweet me. Have a great day friend!

    1. Hey Chelsea! You’re very welcome! And yes, if you ever need anything at all or have any questions, feel free to message me on Twitter. I’m happy to help! I’m kind of new to blogging; however I’ve worked (and still work) in media and design for 15 years, so while blogging specifically is slightly new to me, the rest isn’t and the concept comes very naturally. Plus, I also build websites, so I can answer questions there for you as well! It’s a lot to take in and learn!! Reach out anytime, friend! Sending love!

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