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Mom brain, we have all heard the term, and maybe even used it. It is one of the less flattering ways to describe what happens to a person after they give birth to a human, and then go on to selflessly sacrifice basic human needs – like sleep, food and SHOWERS – in order to take care of that tiny person. After days preoccupied with filling the needs of others, and sleepless nights, it is no wonder your brain might feel a tad foggy.
Aside from being a mom, I also work full time from home. My job requires constant creativity and extreme organization. Mom brain is something I have experienced a lot. It makes my job difficult, to say the least. With the way my brain feels lately, I am constantly worried about being unable to come up with creative content for my clients, or forgetting something really important.
I knew that something had to change in order for me to keep up with the level of work I have created for myself. So I started researching healthy habits that the promote better brain function. Turns out there are a lot of things you can do to get rid of ‘mommy brain’. Below is what I found!
1. Create a Sleep Schedule for YOURSELF
Everyone talks about getting your baby on a sleep schedule – but how about you?!
When you sleep better, your brain works better. But with 100 things to do every day it can be hard to unwind. When I lay down the first thing I think of is my to do list, which makes it hard to sleep! Sticking with a regular routine can help train your body to sleep better. Aim to wake up, and go to sleep at the same time every day.
2. Keep a Journal
Not only does journaling preserve memories for years to come, it also exercises your brain and reinforces memories, so you are less likely to forget them.
Journaling doesn’t need to take a long time. You can carry a diary around with you and take simple notes throughout the day. Just jot down things you want to remember as they happen. I can’t tell you how often one of my kids does something cute and I think, I have to tell Kris about this when he gets home, and then 9/10 times I forget what the cute thing was… Journalling has preserved so much for me.
3. Drink BrainGear Daily
Sometimes your brain just needs a little something extra to kick it into gear. BrainGear has all the ingredients to promote high brain function and gives immediate results.
BrainGear’s 13 ingredients have been doctor-recommended for years, and clinically proven to promote and support brain function and performance. BrainGear helps you find clarity and feel focused, as well as remember things you forgot. Within half hour of drinking BrainGear you will feel the benefits of clarity, concentration and focus. Take it daily for long term results, or as needed. I carry it around in my purse so I can take it as needed. I love the cute packaging, that is both stylish and conveniently purse sized!
4. Drink More Water
Did you know over 50% of your body is made of water? Your body needs water to function, and so does your brain.
Water is important to your health, including your brains health. A healthy, well hydrated, body leads to a healthy and high functioning mind. Nourish your body with water and you will boost your brain power too. If you have a hard time remembering to drink, try carrying a water bottle around with you everywhere you go.
Exercising boosts your energy which in turn boosts your mental health. An energetic person is more likely to have clear and focused thoughts.
Exercise can be so hard if you work and have kids. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, try something simple like walking daily. I hate exercising – but getting out with the kids to walk around the neighborhood is fun and gets my heart rate up. Better than nothing! Baby steps like this can really help kiss mom brain good bye.
6. Be Aware of Vitamin Deficiencies
Vitamin deficiencies can decrease your brain function. Check that your diet is full of brain powering foods and vitamins.
Vitamin deficiencies are especially common if you are extremely busy. Being a mom makes you busy, so this is something you need to be extra conscious of when you become a mama. This is one reason I love BrainGear, it is packed with brain supporting vitamins that help you kick mom brain out the door.
7. Create a Routine
Patterns help your brain remember better.
Simple routines can promote better brain function. With kids, routines can be hard, kids are unpredictable. A loose schedule will do just fine though. Try and set up a flexible morning and evening schedule. For example, start your day with some meditation, eat breakfast while you write a to do list for the day, go out on a walk with the kids after breakfast, put the babies for a nap and then hop in the shower! A simple routine like this can help you get more done, and increase your minds focus and clarity.
8. Keep an Ongoing To-do List
A to-do list is a simple way to avoid forgetting important things you need to do.
Keep a small notebook close at hand and add things to your to do list as you think of them. Not only does this make it impossible to forget important tasks, it also improves your memory. Like I said about journaling, writing things down reinforces your knowledge. Check your to do list throughout the day any time you feel lost or have a spare second.
9. Connect with Friends
Healthy relationships decrease stress and anxiety, which helps your brain work at a higher level.
Did you know that stay at home moms are especially prone to depression and anxiety? Anxiety can be a huge contributing factor to mom brain symptoms. One way to decrease stress and anxiety is by interacting regularly with supportive friends. As you decrease stress and anxiety you will start to feel your brain fog clearing up as well.
10. Take a Break!!
Sometimes you just need to give yourself permission to sit down and relax.
It is pretty common for us mom’s to be constantly on the go, barely stopping for a breath. For just half hour a day, shut out your nagging to do list, kick your feet up, and TAKE A BREAK!
Mom brain is nothing to be ashamed of! Here are just a few ‘mom brain moments’ I have had recently:
- Lost a key to my safe and found the key a day later…in the lock of the safe.
- Bought a jacket I already had.
- Picked up my phone to do something that seemed important, then forgot what that thing was before I even unlocked my phone.
- Drove to town to drop off a package at the UPS store, left the package at home.
- Called my kids by my siblings names…
If you have had moments like these, chances are you might be experiencing mom brain too. These moments can be disconcerting, but with a little effort you can eliminate them! Try some of my tips above and let me know the results in the comments. If you are too busy to take on all ten tips, try starting with something simple, like stocking up on BrainGear. Consistent baby steps can lead to big results!
Have you experienced ‘mom brain’? What helped you overcome this brain fog??
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