Mommy Mondays: 5 Tips to Help with Mommy Brain
I have to admit, I have a really bad memory. When I was pregnant, I blamed it all the time on pregnancy brain. Now that I’m a mom, it seems like my memory has gotten even worse. My husband will literally tell me something one minute and a few minutes later I’ll forget. Between a to-do list that just keeps getting longer and longer and a day filled with schedules, it’s hard to master this mommy brain. Has this ever happened to you?
Here are a few things I’ve been doing that have helped.
Writing things down on my chalkboard: I recently bought a chalkboard, which I keep in my kitchen. I’ll jot things down as soon as they come up. I use to write things down in a notepad, but of course I would FORGET to look at it. It’s great that this chalkboard is in plain sight so I don’t forget.
Using mnemonics: This one is one of my favorites and has probably helped me the most in remembering things. The idea behind it is that our brains remember pictures much more easily than written information. And the weirder those images are, the better! For example the other day I needed to remember to wash my sons’ giraffe towel. I made an image in my head of a giraffe dancing on top of our washing machine. Sounds weird huh? But surely enough I remembered.
Write down appointments on my cellphone: I would always loose the appointment cards they would give me at the pediatrician, so as soon as a make an appointment for my son I’ll immediately save it on my phone’s calendar. I make sure to set the alarm so it reminds me one-day prior.
Play memory games: Just like your body needs exercise, so does your brain. I uploaded some fun memory apps on my phone and play them at night before I go to bed.
Eat memory food: Not sure how much this one has help, but there’s been studies linking certain foods to memory gain. One of those is blueberries; so every morning I’ve been making myself a blueberry smoothie. I hope it helps!