"Mommy Brain" can make daily activities a blur.

“Mommy Brain” can make daily activities a blur.

It’s no secret that having kids changes your life in many ways. One of the things that I noticed once I became a mom was that my brain became a bit…slower. Most people describe it as “Mommy Brain” and use it as an excuse for pretty much everything. Foggy thoughts; temporary memory loss; inability to concentrate; it’s all part of the changes your body is going through when you bring a new life into the world.

Luckily, it doesn’t last forever. But those first few months can be pretty rough. And when you add in more children it sometimes becomes very difficult to keep things together. Thankfully, you can battle “Mommy Brain” with a few tips and tricks.

Get some sleep. I know, don’t laugh. Getting enough sleep can be a total joke, especially when you have little ones who don’t quite sleep through the night. If your not getting a good night’s sleep, enlist some help from a friend or family member so that you can rest your body and mind, even if it’s just for an hour.

Talk to adults. Even if you’re stuck inside the house all day, it’s important to have a conversation with someone whose bum you aren’t currently wiping. Call or skype a friend and have a quick chat during nap time or quiet time.

Take some time to yourself. Have a girls’ night, head to the salon or spa, join a book club, go to the gym, etc. Do something that will let you unwind and have you forgetting about day-to-day life. And no, going to the grocery store by yourself doesn’t really count, even though it is wonderful.

Challenge your mind. Write a poem, do a crossword puzzle, finish that blanket that you started knitting two years ago. Just make sure it is an activity that makes you really think about what you’re doing.

Eat some brain food. It’s no secret that what you put in your body is extremely important. Things like berries, avocados, nuts, fish, and even dark chocolate are great for the brain.

Most of all, cherish every single moment with your kids. A nice long cuddle session can release Serotonin, which helps you concentrate better. It won’t be long until you’re settled into your routine and are thinking as sharp as ever.

Have you ever suffered from “Mommy Brain?” How did you deal with it?

 

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One Response to How to deal with “Mommy Brain.”

  1. Catherine says:

    Mommy brain is the worst. I try to give myself a few minutes to zone out or relax to give my brain some down time.

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