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Vancouver is a world-class city teeming with culture, adventure and intellectual pursuits. But with so much to see and so much to do, slowing down might not top your list. And that’s the beauty of the rain. It keeps us from the bustle and allows us to relish in the simple pleasures of life from food, to music, to love and art. Instead of feeling dread, think of the rain as a time to pause, reflect, and nourish your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual self. We welcome you to use this inspirational list of things to do next time it rains in Vancouver.

  1. Plan a Vacation

You know you’ve been dreaming about spring travel and there’s no better time to book. Go ahead, get lost in your thoughts: Where will you go? Where will you dine? What hikes will you take? Just be sure to think of how to pack for a rainy vacation in Vancouver.

  1. Read Inspirational Books

As the rain trickles down on your window, cozy up with a healthful cup of tea and take a spiritual journey with the help of a motivating book. Improve your wellbeing. Rewire. Unwind.

  1. Take a Bubble Bath

There are so many benefits to taking a long, deep soak in the tub. According to one recent study, two weeks of bathtub bathing (instead of showering) greatly improved the participant’s skin conditions while decreasing fatigue, stress and pain.

  1. Have a Movie Marathon

Don’t feel guilty about binge-watching. Instead, think of it as a time to relate to your family, identify with colleagues and understand other complicated relationships. Netflix, we’re looking at you.

  1. Get Creative in the Kitchen

As it turns out, the act of cooking—especially cooking for others—has real psychological benefits. Performing an act for another human being is a form of altruism. And altruism can make people feel happy and connected to others. On the next rainy day, try that recipe you’ve put on the back burner or do something simple like make breakfast for dinner.

  1. Practice a new hobby

Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are all wonderful endeavors, but do you really want to venture out in slushy conditions? Why not try a new indoor activity? Candle making. Homebrewing. Learning a new language. Genealogy. Your next adventure is waiting to be discovered.

  1. Write Your Wishes

Journaling allows you to explore your deeper thoughts and prioritize problems, fears, and concerns. With a deeper understanding of self, you can identify triggers and improve your mood by turning negative thoughts into positive self-talk.

It’s not always easy, but learning to view the rain as a gift has its benefits. We invite you to give into the wet weather, and greet the next day with a rested body and renewed mind.