Ten Ways to Beat the Blues

Storms and difficulties of all kinds and sizes come our way. From simple gray spells or times of discouragement, to life’s big storms and even pandemics. And they can really start to get us down. A lot of life’s problems are extremely serious, like the events of the past few years, from pandemics to financial crises and wars. And it can be really difficult to not worry.

Worry doesn’t work

Both the Bible and life teach us that worry does no good. It only starts a downward spiral of negativity.

So while I in no way want to make light of serious situations, I’d like to recount a little story about a time when the Lord taught me the importance of vanquishing “the blues.”

We’d been having a long period of rainy weather. Dark, gray, gloomy, and foggy. Just like our present drippy scenery.

Which I find rather hard, as I’m a sun-loving person by nature. These gloomy days tend to get me down. Unlike my husband who, in many ways, is an eternal optimist. And who can, camera in hand, take such gloomy days and turn them into beauty! (See his beautiful photos, below!) I can’t claim to share either his talent or his eternal optimism. 

It was a week that hadn’t even started out well, due to my own stupidity. Because, even though for an old granny, I’m usually pretty good with technology, I managed to erase the only copies of many special photos from my external hard drive and even ruin the device.

And then continued to kick myself for it over and over again. Hubby tried to encourage me, reminding me that they were only things and of no lasting value.

But I’d already been trying (unsuccessfully) to convince myself of that! I even tried congratulating myself on my thorough job of digital decluttering. None of which helped.

The rainy day blues

And the gloomly continual dripping did little to lift my spirits. Enter that gray scene: head cold and nasty sinus infection. Zero energy, and even less desire to do anything. I’d had better weeks.

And I’d been desperately needing to do laundry! Not owning a clothes dryer doesn’t usually present me with great problems. But we’d just gone through a week of most unusual snow. So followed by that week of rain, the situation was getting desperate. We needed clean socks and underwear!

The arrival of Sunday brought a brief respite, but I wasn’t home to do laundry because we’d gone to visit friends after church. And by the time we left for home, the rain had returned. Again! 

God’s optimism booster

And that’s when the Lord decided I needed an optimism booster.

As we were leaving, their 10-year old daughter Shantal, bounded ahead of us out the door. Jumping and leaping, as kids with their boundless energy are apt to do. Especially after snacking on gummy bears, potato chips, and cookies!

Oh how nice, it’s raining!” she shouted, as though heralding some great novelty.

“Nice?” I thought, “What’s NICE about it?” Clearly her childlike optimism kept pace with her endless energy. She’s a delightful girl who seems to greet everything (even gloomy gray days) with great enthusiasm and joy.

But she made me wonder, “What’s wrong with me? I don’t usually let things or weather get to me like this.” And I realized I’d forgotten to be grateful. Forgotten to look at the bright side, and for the silver lining in every cloud, even those of the darkest, grayest storms. So I decided to find some simple ways for beating the rainy day blues.

Dark days of trial and discouragement come to us all, but they don’t have to get us down and discouraged. We can fight back! It may not stop the storm (or in my case the gloomy days). When it’s going to rain it will rain. We can’t stop it, but we can decide to not allow it to get us down. Look on the bright side and say “No matter, I’ve got an umbrella!”

10 ways to beat the blues

How to keep the shut-in blues, the rainy day blues, the lockdown blues, or whatever, from getting the best of you. And even help you find the silver lining in even the darkest of clouds! Whatever dark time or storm may have you down, I hope these tips will lift your spirits. And that number 10, especially, will lift and restore your faith and hope in God!

1. See the bright side ☁️ ☂️ ☀️

Remember that rain is good. It waters the ground, grows the crops. Makes everything fresh and new. Just as the storms of life can also bring renewed faith and trust in God.

2. Look ahead to see the silver lining ☀️

Rain always ends and it brings spring flowers and even rainbows! So remember that no trial or affliction lasts forever. The sun will shine again!

3. Work up some energy 😅

Lack of routine and activity can bring lethargy and depression. So get up and work up some energy by cleaning house or doing a workout (if you can). You’ll find new energy and probably even a fresh perspective!

4. Brighten things up 🌼

Light candles or put out some flowers or a pretty picture. Just like many school kids all over Italy did with their cheery drawings of rainbows in windows!

5. Change your viewpoint 🖼️

Start a hobby or learn something new. Or try rearranging furniture, pictures, or accessories. Or even just look out the window or around the room and count all your blessings!

6. Change your outlook 📚

Grab your umbrella and take a walk (if you’re able). Call a friend or neighbor. Or perhaps watch your favorite movie or read an encouraging book.

7. Have a special treat ☕

Treat yourself to some special cookies, a cup of coffee, tea, or chocolate. But skip the cookies if you’re dieting – or you might feel guilty and more down! Enjoy some fruit instead!

8. Count your blessings 🏡

It may be rainy or storming, but rejoice that you have a stout roof over your head, an umbrella, food to eat, or at least that God’s presence is always with you!

9. Drown out depression 🎵

If you’re feeling anxious, worried, or depressed, drown it out with a nice hot bath or shower. Or play soothing music to help you sleep. Because a good night’s sleep can also be a real morale lifter.

10. And last but not least: Pray and read God’s Word 🙏🏼

The Lord longs to dwell constantly in our lives. And he promises that when we draw near to him he will draw near to us. He never changes and is always right by our side – come rain or shine, snow or heat! And everything God sends is always good – even if it doesn’t seem so at first!

With God’s help and by keeping our eyes on the bright side we too, like little Shantal, can find the cloud’s silver lining!

But (wouldn’t you know)? it was still raining the next day! Drip, drip, drip, all day long. So I thanked the Lord for the good gift of rain. And added, “But if you wouldn’t mind Lord, I’d like a different good gift tomorrow. Because well, wind and sun – they’re good gifts too, aren’t they?”

Sometimes we just need to see God’s gifts in a different light!

Every gift God sends is good. It’s just that sometimes we need to see them in a different light!

Images:Woman on shore by Liam Ortiz| Panic button by geralt | Girl & umbrella by cromaconceptovisual | Emojis from Emojipedia.

21 replies on “Ten Ways to Beat the Blues”

It has been a challenging year in many ways. I do find myself feeling down some days, but I keep remembering that the valley is the road to the high places, and I feel like God is preparing to do a great work… we’re all sort of in the waiting room. All the waiting is definitely giving me a desire to move forward when God says go. This perspective lifts my spirits because it removes the feeling that moments are wasting or time is getting away. Preparation is always important.
Prayers for you and Italy. In Christ, ~Linda


Thanks Mario! (By the way, my husband’s name is Mario too!!) Yes, sometimes we need to just get our eyes off the problems. Perspective is all important!!

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My dear Sheila, “Gratitude” is the word God gave me for 2021. Thank you for this post. As we seek the things above and focus on God’s beautiful creation and the cycle of weather to produce spring, we can give thanks as you have written. May God’s healing touch give you renewed health, and may the love of God fill you with rejoicing. Merry Christmas! Karen

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Thanks so much Rebekah! I figured we could all use a bit of light-hearted cheer about now. Hope your holidays will be a special and peaceful time!


So glad it helped Michelle! I’m guessing that you must live somewhere in the snowy north, and I know winters can be hard. I’m thankful that here on the Adriatic coast we don’t usually get hardly any snow. But late fall and winter are our rainy season – and the gray days can seem pretty gloomy sometimes. I don’t think things on my list were new, maybe just had new perspective – which is often what we need more than anything!

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Sheila, great ideas. We’ve had a couple of gray days–weeks. LOL. I have clear Christmas lights to brighten the house. My daughter and I enjoy baking new recipes during our time alone. And we are still exercising. But most of all, we are digging in the Word and praying. Praying for Italy. 💗


Thanks for the prayers for Italy. We’ve been pretty hard hit with this virus. And I’m glad to see that you and your daughter keeping busy. I think that can help a lot! But it is great having more time for the Lord! Even pandemics can work for our good when we walk with God!!

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Sure-fire suggestions, Sheila, and perfect for dreary November! #4 expecially caught my attention. I can brighten up my surroundings with pictures my grandchildren have drawn and a few lit candles–for starters. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for other subtle changes, to add a bit of light, warmth, and whimsy to the gray days. Thank you, Sheila!


Glad you liked them, Nancy! Late fall and winter are part of our rainy season here, and sometimes it can rain for days on end. It really does get pretty gloomy. It helps to remember that the Light of the world is always in us and with us. But I do find that sometimes a few extra touches can make a big difference. And sometimes, I’ll make a nice hot cup of herbal tea and call our son or daughter in America. Which also helps increase gratitude. I am so grateful that we can call for free these days! When we first came to Italy, calls used to cost $1 per minute! Needless to say, they were short and infrequent!! God is so good!


No doubt, Robert!! I guess that would really take some adjustment for me. I’m like Puddleglum of Narnia, when trapped underground. I would probably be shouting, “The sun! I need the sun!” Although he was of course also referring to the Son. And that needs to be the regular cry of my heart!!

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