With five years of parenting and three young children under my belt, I can attest that Mom Brain is a real thing. Very much like its sister condition, Pregnancy Brain, Mom Brain comes with all that forgetfulness and then some. Sometimes there’s a fuzzy feeling in your head, trouble concentrating on a task, and/or difficulty verbalizing your thoughts. Sound familiar?
From the perspective of a stay-at-home-mom, some of these symptoms can be amplified as it is easy to feel isolated by the role. As stay-at-home-moms, and moms in general, we want to give our personal all to our children and watch them flourish in first person. That’s why we took on the job, right? At least that’s why I chose to stay at home with my children. We wear a million different hats (chef, chauffeur, teacher, nurse, etc.), sing nursery rhymes, practice simple math, and break new ground like learning to brush our own teeth. Watching their little faces light up with pride as they gain independence is extremely rewarding. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But, there are days when ensuring each tiny human’s success literally makes me feel like my brain could explode. Mom truth.
The repetitiveness of our daily routine can become mundane, and the mental strain of running a five person household is exhausting. It will start to catch up with you-having to be in a million places at once, reading the same nap time story 10 days in a row, interacting with toddlers for 12 hours a day, watching Moana for the hundredth time, and because life with children is stop and go-feeling like there is never enough time in the day to get anything done. I was getting lost in the motions of our day-to-day, and my head was becoming too crowded. I felt like I was becoming less sharp and even more socially awkward than I already was. So, I took a few really simple steps to regain some focus. They may seem obvious, or maybe not if you’ve got Mom Brain too!
This one is easier said than done, I know. Not only do you need to find time to do it, but you also need to find the motivation too. However, I noticed that on the days when I complete my 30 min routine, my brain feels more awake and I am generally more productive throughout the day. And with those endorphins hard at work, I am less stressed and meet those mundane tasks with more enthusiasm and patience.
Read a Book
Yes, an actual book with a spine and pages! And no, I don’t mean that same nap time story book! Get something that peaks your interest, ladies! Reading is a mental workout which forces your brain to make pictures, in turn building muscles.
Ditch the phone
The ball and chain of the modern mom. My brain was melting as I was constantly looking at my phone, and more specifically social media, on and off throughout the day. Now that I have cut back, I find that I am more focused on the people around me and on my own creativity. Which brings me to my next point:
Whether it’s creative writing or keeping a journal; I highly recommend writing. Writing helps to organize your thoughts and to become more linguistically savvy-great for social situations. Taking the time to put all those thoughts down on paper will help with the forgetfulness and build more brain muscle!
I know what you’re thinking, that’s so obvious! I’m already doing that! But, most people severely underestimate how much water they drink each day, in turn making them dehydrated. Even slight dehydration can leave you with dizziness and a headache. I recommend drinking from a water bottle with visible markers on it so you can keep track.
So there you have it! My five simple, mom-friendly ways that you can, rather easily, incorporate into your day to combat Mom Brain!
I definitely had to go back and make sure I shared five things because you know, MOM BRAIN!
Amanda Cifuentes Walchli