8 Easy Ways to Switch from Cranky to Cheery

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8 Easy Ways to Switch from Cranky to Cheery

We’ve all had those days as mothers when the mood within our house is just off. And I’m not talking about the kids. I’m talking about us. The mothers. 😉

Maybe we’re tired.

Maybe we’re unshowered.


Maybe we’re tired of holding a crying baby.

Or maybe, due to bad weather or sick kids, we’ve just been stuck inside for far too long.

Whatever it is, we know one thing on those days; it is up to us and no one else to set the tone of our house. It’s up to us to determine whether the day goes well or the day goes to…well, you know where. And it’s obvious that the crankier we stay, the worse the day goes. So we rapidly begin seeking out a game changer. Or should I say mood changer? Because for survival we need it NOW. Actually, we needed it yesterday. 😉


Here are just a few of my favorite techniques for re-setting the mood of a house from cranky to cheery. So that any day can begin again with a fresh light, a good attitude, a sense of joy, and a touch of gratitude for the things that surround us.

1. Shower

Many moms’ days start without any time to think about their clothing…kids are pulling you out of bed begging for breakfast before you have time to even go pee let alone shower! Then four hours later you realize you are still in your yoga pants and “My Kids are My Cardio” tee without having brushed your hair. Well, the whole saying dress to impress? Well, sometimes even if you’re at home, the best thing you can do is dress to impress yourself and your mood! Sometimes we forget how refreshing a shower can be!

2. Open the Blinds

Let there be light! Sometimes we also forget the power of light. With children, we may keep the shades in the house closed or dim to encourage calming down or sleep, which can also serve a purpose in improving mood. But sometimes we forget that light can lighten our spirits. One of my favorite things to do when feeling sleepy is to open my blinds (or step outside briefly). It’s hard to stay cranky when light is shining on your face!



3. Listen to Music

Music is one of my very favorite things in life because it has the power to take me to so many places and memories. And I know my kids love it too! So one of my favorite things to do is to use it when I’m needing a mood change. My kids and I love to turn on Pandora and have a dance party. And when they are playing, I might turn on something completely for me. Or turn on classical music. Sometimes it just makes me feel better and less in the kiddie world!


4. Clean

Dirty houses tend to weigh us down! And even though cleaning is exhausting at times, cleaning can also be one of the best ways to help everyone reset. And it can keep the kids busy too. The next time you notice your mood is not stellar, pull out the vacuum. There is something about fresh carpets and clean dishes that lifts a spirit!


5. Create a Fresh Scent

Fresh smells are one of the best ways to help me feel better. When I am feeling moody, I love to go light a fresh-smelling candle, spray some air freshener, diffuse one of my favorite essential oils or just spray a quick squirt of my favorite perfume on my neck! Fresh scents make me feel refreshed and happy. And they are easy to accomplish. (And if your kids are like mine, they will love the job of spraying the air freshener—an instant mood changer for them!) Fresh scents are a win/win for everyone!



6. Hire a Sitter for Even an Hour

If you are really about to lose it, grab your phone and see if you can find a sitter to come over and relieve you for just an hour or two. It’s amazing how quickly we can reset in a short amount of time when we are able to do something for ourselves, even if it is just briefly! One of the best ways to do this is to get a long(er) list of sitters than just your one favorite sitter! That way you have a greater chance of someone being able to fill in so you can go get a pedicure and return a new women!

7. Play Something With the Kids

Sometimes we are cranky because the kids are fighting and whining. And though you may feel you need a break from them, playing a game of Uno with them or doing a puzzle together might be just the ticket for getting them in a better place thereby allowing you to feel better too! The next time you feel you are at your limit with their fighting, sit down and play a game. You might be amazed to see the results!

8. Work Out

This one can go against instinct because many times when we are exhausted and cranky, we feel that the last thing we want to do is workout. But sometimes that is exactly what we need to reset ourselves. I have had several days where I am needing a mental reset and force myself to go on a short walk or run with the kids in the stroller and discover about 5 minutes into the workout how much better I feel. It can burn off some stress and get your endorphins flowing. You just have to make it through the initial, “I don’t want to do this!!!” phase! Then you notice a smile is on your face again!


I hope this list is helpful and encouraging! Feel free to share some of your favorite mood changers with us!

Cheers to Happy Moms!



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