Rainy days can put a damper on outside exercise and activities. When you get a stretch of rainy or thunderstorm-filled days, it’s hard to avoid boredom. If your mom is feeling trapped inside after days of rain, it’s a good time to look into ways to ease your mom’s rainy day blues.
Play Board Games
Board games are a fun way to pass the time. Games like Scrabble and Monopoly can last for hours, if not days, so you can kill a lot of time. If you’re tired of older games, you could try something newer like Ticket to Ride or even Never Have I Ever, if you’re not afraid of learning more about your mom’s past.
Watch Movies and Prepare a Meal That Matches It
On a dreary day, it’s a great time to sit back and watch a movie. To turn that movie into an all-day activity, turn it into a meal planning game. Focus on the foods the characters talk about, enjoy, or eat on a romantic night out, family gathering, or some other special event.
As you watch the movie, plan a dinner that would be like one the characters enjoyed. For example, if you were to watch Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, one of the most iconic scenes is the spaghetti scene. You could plan a dinner of antipasto, spaghetti and meatballs, and a special dessert like tiramisu. Once the movie’s done, go shopping for ingredients, if needed, and start the food preparation.
Play in the Rain
If it’s warm enough, sometimes a walk in the rain can be invigorating. Don’t be afraid to splash in puddles, feel the cool rain on your face, and get wet. You’ll dry off back at home. You still get your daily walk in, and you’ve done something that will take you both back to your childhoods.
Kneading dough takes time and muscle, but it’s a good way to relieve stress and burn off energy. Make bread together. The smell in the home is reason enough to make bread, but there are also loaves you can toss into the freezer for a later date. You also have complete control over the ingredients. It’s easier to make the bread rich in whole grains while avoiding sugar.
What if you have to work? Caregivers offer a range of home care services that can ensure your mom stays engaged no matter what the weather has in store. Talk to a home care specialist to schedule regular visits from caregivers.