Every word in my mind leaves me as I try to compose a sentence of my needs to the bank teller. The cashier at the coffee shop looks at me, waiting for my order. My face is flushing, I have diapers hanging out of my bag and some sort of crumb on my wallet. What’s my coffee order? I forgot! Just hand me some caffeine already!
My mind somehow left my body when we had our daughter.
Pregnancy brain is a REAL thing, and you know what else is real? Losing your mind even more completely after the kid comes out. I’m not sure if its lack of sleep, or the consistent rattling of Disney tunes impairs my ability to THINK in the presence of other adults, but I’m putting an end to it.
This year I’ve decided to take my brain back. Are you with me, mamas?
In small steps each day, I’m discovering ways that help me retrain my mind to start functioning at full capacity again. It’s easy to loose ourselves mentally and emotionally in the life of our families. But we choose how far we go down that rabbit hole.
5 ways to invigorate your mind as a mom
In baby’s first year, I think I knocked out a total of one book and a lot of unnecessary panicked Google searches. In the second year, I became a lot more intentional with reading. When months were particularly stressful, I scaled it back to silly/fun beach books. Other times I challenged myself with more intense novels. Are you an avid reader? I feel like every time I make time to consume something written, I am better for it. It helps me think, dream, and clears space for new ponderings.
Schedule time for you to get on the phone or get out with a fellow adult, and let the words flow. It’s time to consciously consider your topics too. If your conversation swirls around your child for the majority of the time, so be it. But remember that you were a person before your kid and after them too. Try to switch the chatter up so your mind is challenged.
Sign up for a new course/challenge
The moms and dads that are back in school during/after kids are my heroes. Seriously- we can learn so much from them! We can also take a cue from that can-do spirit and sign ourselves up for something new. There are online courses out there in pretty much everything. You can learn more with kids than just perfecting your ABCs and 123s again alongside them! Set the example and have them see that continuing education is important to you too.
Free your mind by attempting a creative outlet. Write, paint, doodle, sew, and make computer graphics- whatever! Just allow your mind the freedom to explore the possibilities of releasing your inner artist.
There’s nothing like fresh air. Do you really need to THINK or just take a break from the inner dwellings of life and home? Get out! Go for a drive, for a walk, and stop the constant murmuring of your to-do list. Enjoy your surroundings and allow whatever has been building up to melt away.
Can you get on board with invigorating your mind again after baby?