There are days when I have severe Mommy Brain! I can’t even cope.
Sometimes I wake up sleep-deprived and drained from keeping up with the kids’ activities, household chores and juggling Local Mom Scoop.
When I would get the kids off to school, I used to stand in the kitchen for 20 minutes and stare off into space getting nothing done walking in circles on where to start.
Motherhood can do that to you. But you have to find a way to declutter your mind, so you can get rid of the chaos and get back to life.
Mommy Brain is a real thing. But I’ve learned a few ways to help cope with it and I wanted to share the scoop with you. I hope this helps.
HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO COPE WITH MOMMY BRAIN
1. Do A Brain Dump
Leave a notepad and a piece of paper by the bedside or in the bathroom. Sit down and write all the thoughts, ideas, trips and things that you need to get done in one sitting.
Then go back to your list and schedule or highlight the most important things that need to get done immediately.
I usually do this on a Sunday night, so I can organize my thoughts and calendar for the week.
2. Use Your Calendar
Use a calendar. Whether it is google or a paper planner, start scheduling everything.
One way to do this is time block out your day. For example, give yourself time for travel like picking up the kids or getting to that meeting. That will get you out the door and stopping you from what you are doing so you’re not late.
Block time out to shower, prepare dinner and homework time.
Whether it’s on your phone or a paper planner, take the time to put it in the minute you decide to do it or get the date to confirm. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted and forget.
3. Get Up Before Your Kids
I’ve started setting my alarm 20 minutes earlier than everyone else in my house. Getting up before them lets me, stream the news and weather for the day and allow a sip of my coffee.
This has changed my life as I no longer wake up to chaos.
4. Self -Care Yourself
Taking some time for yourself to regroup can be hard. There never seems to be enough time in the day or you feel like everything is so demanding.
So, let’s go back to number 2. Pull out your calendar and time block that self-care.
It can be a glass of wine, going to the potty and locking the door, or reading a book and not watching Netflix with your husband.
Join my 30 Day Self-Care Challenge Facebook group where we support each other, remind each other to self-care and if you still forget to self-care, it’s okay!
5. Stretch It Out
Get up from the computer and reach down and touch your toes. Stretch your hamstrings and take 5 deep inhales. You can also do this before you get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes you go to bed tense and this will get the blood flowing as you start your day.