My memory sucks..big time.
Have you ever gone upstairs only to forget why? Or felt your heart pound in a restaurant when you thought you left your bag somewhere?
It was just beside you. Darn, that mom brain!
How about opening the ref looking for spoons and forks? Or putting something in the fridge that’s supposed to be in the pantry?
What was I thinking? Grrrr… Mom Brain!
You could’ve sworn you placed your car keys on the table. But you actually gave them to your husband. So you’ve been digging through your bag and asking yourself, “Where could they be?”
Mom brain strikes again!
But wait, is Mom Brain Real?
Yes, it is.
During pregnancy and even after, the part of the brain responsible for memory, the hippocampus, becomes smaller.
Aside from this, learning and memory become slower. Thus, the Mom Brain.
So, what can you do to have better memory?
◊ Write it down
Pen and paper are still your best friends when it comes to remembering stuff. Typing on your laptop or using an app just doesn’t work as well, according to the Association for Psychological Science.
So, go ahead and post it everything! Or have a whiteboard somewhere in the house to jot down your thoughts and reminders. A planner could work too.
When we leave for trips, I have a list of things to bring stuck on the door so that I won’t forget anything. I also write To-Do and To-Buy lists whenever we go out.
◊ Get enough sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, the information you learn during the day may not get stored as long term memory.
So, that’s why I keep forgetting stuff!
There have been nights when I have trouble sleeping and get less than seven (7) hours of sleep.
◊ Exercise for at least 10 minutes daily
Doing light exercises (yoga and tai chi) and taking short walks for at least 10 minutes has been found by scientists at the University of California to improve your memory considerably.
These days, I’ve been doing early morning yoga with my Daily Yoga app. Before my daughter goes to school, I dance to the Fitness Marshall on Youtube.
◊ Eat foods that enhance your memory
Here are some super brain foods to help us combat mom brain
They contain Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid, which a recent study has shown to prevent degeneration of brain cells and cognitive impairment.
Avocados have been known to contain good fat, right? But do they also protect our brain?
In a 6-month trial, healthy people who ate one (1) medium avocado every day showed improvement in their memory and increase in attention span.
Imagine that? I like mine with a bit of muscovado.
3. Fatty fish
Having oily fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring as part of your regular diet has shown to benefit our brain. It increases blood flow to the brain and helps you think better.
Before you grab your secret stash, take note that we’re referring to 70% dark chocolate here. Flavonoids in cacao are good for the brain. They help with memory, learning and mood stabilization.
Broccoli is rich in lutein, which has been proven to boost brainpower in adults aged 25-45.
7. Nuts and seeds
A recent study by Loma Linda University found that eating nuts such as pistachios, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts regularly helped boost brainwave frequencies related to healing, thinking, memory, and learning.
◊ Learn something new
Brain games and new skills help delay age-related memory loss. A study in 2013 found that learning a second language in adulthood delays dementia.
That’s why I’m brushing up on my Spanish and started learning Japanese! It’s great that there are a lot of free apps and software available!
Do you struggle with mom brain too? What tips and tricks have you tried?