The website Rainymood is a recent addition to my arsenal of heavy duty anti-sadness firepower. It has a simple function: It plays realistic sounds of rain and thunder. It’s easy to access and immediately effective, nutralising a little of that panic through a healthy dose of rhythmic pitter patter and thunderous rumblings. I use it mostly to help me focus, or to draw my focus away from things my brain would do best to avoid.

If I’m trying to sleep I might stick on an audiobook. I’ll whisk myself away to a whole new world, with whole new problems, problems which, unlike my own, really are worth worrying about.

Of course, thoughts are powerful things, and they vie for attention. Stephan Fry’s voice, no matter how perfectly it embodies the spirit of a house elf, simply cannot win in a battle with the mind. It’s strange, then, that the battle cry of a gentle storm so effectively relaxes me.

The almost magical way the sounds of nature can calm me down is such a brilliant realisation to stumble upon. Often, when I’m outside and exploring the world, the threat of rain is a terrible worry indeed. Rainymood makes me question that response. A calming, constant song, the sounds of rain cast a special kind of spell, the sort of spell that, like The Chris Gethard Show’s Mimi on the Hoops, works effortlessly in the background.

It’s taken me awhile to notice that beautiful sound, but with the help of Rainymood, I finally have. My anti sadness arsenal grows ever stronger. Soon it shall be unstoppable.

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