Throughout my pregnancy I always heard about “mommy brain”, or “baby brain”, and was told that I wasn’t going to know which way was up by the time I had our daughter!
I knew that the lack of sleep, and general exhaustion, would of course impact my mental state a little…I had no idea!
Mommy Brain is suspected to be caused primarily by a lack of sleep, but there are studies that have shown that the difference in hormone levels depending on whether you are giving birth to a boy or a girl may come into play somewhere as well, resulting in new Mommies of little girls taking the “I don’t remember my own name” award!
I’m not just tooting my own horn here, I RAN this household like a rock star before I had Maddie!
I knew what was going on, where things were, plans, dates, appointments…I had it all under control!
Now, I will reluctantly admit that I have found my car keys in the fridge not once, or twice, but three times in the last year…and you know what? It’s STILL not the first place I look!
For some, Mommy Brain is a very temporary experience that will disappear once they start getting some Zzzz’s again. But for others, such as myself, it latches on, takes over, and says “Honey, this is my brain now…I’m in charge, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!”
Having dealt with my Mommy Brain for over 2 years now, I’ve made friends with it, and learned a trick or two that has helped me overcome my memory loss, and not burn our house down!
Despite having weeks where I’ve washed the same load of laundry 3 times because I keep forgetting to put it in the dryer, or tried to open the front door to our house with the car remote (yup…that happened!), I’ve stuck with these tips and would now proudly consider myself a FUNCTIONAL Mommy Brain Sufferer!
Write It Down!
This can seem like a simple one, but for those out there (like me!) who have a hard time even remembering to write it down, this is a tough one!
While I was developing the habit of writing things down, I had to make sure that not only did my hubby know that this was my plan, but I had to have it in my face ALL THE TIME!
I posted my “memory pad” on the fridge (where, lets face it, you spend quite a bit of time when you’re nursing…or perhaps looking for your keys?!) so that I would see it all day every day. That way it became a habit for me to run right over and write things down as I thought of them, such as things I needed to get done around the house, appointments, someone I needed to call, or even the fact that my hubby said he would be home late from work that day!
Letting your spouse in on your goals also gets that extra push behind you to remind you to write things down when you may not think of it!
Whenever you leave the house with a little one, it’s like moving! You pack up everything but the kitchen sink and still manage to forget something important!
Whenever possible, pack the car/bags the day before you plan on venturing out of the house.
What I like to do is make my list, pack everything up, and then before we leave I make another list in case I come up with something new I didn’t think of the first time around!
Get Some Sleep
Although for a new parent this is easier said than done, you have to make sure this is a priority. You can’t properly care for your little one if you don’t take care of yourself!
Try your best to sleep when your child sleeps. Even if it’s only for an hour, that is an hour your brain gets to rest and process everything that happened since the last time you slept!
It can also be very helpful if you have the option to take turns getting up throughout the night with your spouse so each of you gets a chance to catch some shut eye, and on the flip side, you also both get the nighttime bonding experience with your little one!
Try to ease yourself info sleep whenever possible, you don’t want to simply crash from exhaustion and wake up feeling tired still instead of rested. Find something that works for you, whether it be soothing sounds, music, white noise, yoga, anything that helps you relax and slip into a sleep instead of “falling” in!
One of my favorites is a relaxation app I have on my phone by Andrew Johnson, in which he guides you into relaxation! Between the calming music and his Sean Connery like voice/accent, I never even make it to the end!
Give your body what it needs to work at it’s full potential and make sure you are eating well during your active Mommyhood filled days!
Some key food items that are particularly effective in improving memory and brain function…
- Green Leafy Veggies
- Peanuts/Peanut Butter
- Red Wine (SCORE!)
- Fresh Berries
- Whole Grains
Start A Routine
Getting a routine started when your day essentially revolves around someone else can be difficult. But once you find a way to make it work, it’s not only beneficial for your child and their sense of security, but for your brain function as well!
Build more and more into your routine in order to increase the number of activities that become habit for you. This way you can continue to put your focus on those activities that may have slipped by!
Do you have any tips or tricks that have helped get you back on track?
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