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As monsoon-type conditions continue to bombard most of the eastern seaboard, I couldn’t help but think about ways to turn this miserable day into a better one. There may be puddles everywhere, the sky may be dark and dreary, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel that way.

1. Start Making Spring Break Plans

‘Tis the season for finals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for next semester. Whether you’ll be spending your week off in warmer weather, volunteering on an alternate Spring Break trip or going home to spend time with family, there’s no reason to wait to start planning or at least start thinking about it. Dreaming about sun and sand is definitely better than walking to class while your umbrella gets turned inside out by the wind.

2. Stock Up on Wet Weather Gear

Rain, rain go away. If I have to leave my apartment on a rainy day, I try to at least accessorize with some cute rain boots and an umbrella. Rubber rain boots can be clunky and obnoxious, but these boots by Sperry are much lighter and won’t make you feel like you’re carrying bricks in your shoes. (They’re on my Christmas list!) I prefer black — it goes with everything — but the boots come in a variety of colors to brighten, not only your outfit, but your day as well.

Every time I go shopping I always see an umbrella I want to buy. There are tons of styles, colors and patterns available. Totes makes a strong umbrella to stand up to high winds. They even make this adorable monogrammed one — and it’s on sale!

3. Listen to Rihanna’s “Umbrella”

“Now that it’s raining more than ever, know that we still have each other. you can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, ay, ay, ay.”

If you’re forced to walk to class in the rain, entertain yourself with one of Rihanna’s most popular songs. If you are fortunate enough to have no class today (or would just rather skip), you can watch the iconic video HERE.

Another appropriate rainy day entertainment source would be the classic film Singing In the Rain starring Gene Kelly.

4. Comfort Food!

There’s no better time to make your favorite dish than on a rainy day. Soup immediately comes to mind, as well as a big bowl of delicious mac and cheese. If you don’t have access to a kitchen or you’re a bit cooking challenged, head to your favorite restaurant — the first place I would head is Panera. Their ‘You Pick Two’ special with mac and cheese and creamy tomato soup is to die for.

5. Dress Up

Now that you’ve stocked up on rainy day gear, you’ll need an outfit to go with it. Throwing on your sweatpants and a t-shirt won’t exactly raise your mood. They may be comfortable, but if you want to forget about the gross weather, dress up in one of your favorite outfits. Wear your favorite jewelry if that’s what you love. What ever will make you feel best is what you should wear.

These are just some of my favorite ways to beat the rain, but I’m sure you have some of your own. Let me know in the comments!

Tags : FoodRainrainy day bluesRihannaSpring Breakumbrellaweather