Inject a Little Happy in Your Day: 10 Ways to Boost Your Mood

Life as a mom is busy at best and a swirling vortex of chaos at worst. On those particularly difficult days when your list of to dos and things to remember is the only thing in your life lengthier than your toddlers tantrum it’s easy to fall into a bad mood yourself.

Don’t despair! Sometimes the smallest things can boost your mood in a big way. So, take a deep breath, clear a little spot on your calendar, and incorporate a few of these instant mood boosters into your routine.

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  • Buy new bedding 1 of 10
    Buy new bedding
    Toss the flat pillows and those scratchy old sheets. An investment in a good nights sleep will pay you back in energy ten fold.
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  • Accept a compliment 2 of 10
    Accept a compliment
    Don't deflect! Own the things about yourself worthy of praise. A simple thank you will suffice.
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  • Pick up the phone 3 of 10
    Pick up the phone
    Email and social media can't compare to the voice of an old friend. Reconnect with someone you love. You'll both be glad you called.
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  • Indulge 4 of 10
    Indulge
    Whether it's a high calorie coffee or an expensive hand bag you've had your eye on, indulge in something that makes you smile. Go on. You deserve it.
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  • Relax with a magazine 5 of 10
    Relax with a magazine
    Is there anything more indulgent than flipping through a juicy gossip magazine? Pair it with a box of chocolates and lose an afternoon in the pages.
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  • Play your favorite songs 6 of 10
    Play your favorite songs
    A lot can be said about the effects of music on your mood. Make a play list of your favorite tunes. Listen to it while you go about your day. Go ahead and sing along. You know you want to.
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  • Spend a little time in a quiet place 7 of 10
    Spend a little time in a quiet place
    Claim a corner in your local library or coffee shop and enjoy the soothing sounds of silence.
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  • Smile for no reason 8 of 10
    Smile for no reason
    I know, I know. There's nothing more obnoxious than someone telling you to smile when you're feeling less than chipper, but like it or not smiling is a mood booster.
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  • Wear something fancy 9 of 10
    Wear something fancy
    Who cares if it's Tuesday! Pull out that little black dress and rock it around town. Wearing something special will inject a little confidence in your day and boost your self-esteem.
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  • Schedule a do nothing day 10 of 10
    Schedule a do nothing day
    Who says you need a reason to take a holiday? Schedule a day just for yourself. Don't run errands or catch up on housework. Do put on your stretchiest pair of pants and put a dent in all those unwatched shows on the DVR.
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