Navigating Mom Brain: 5 Strategies to Boost Your Memory

Navigating Mom Brain: 5 Strategies to Boost Your Memory

As a mom, it often feels like managing a chaotic symphony of responsibilities, with your brain resembling a cluttered internet browser with 53 open internet tabs. No wonder we can’t remember anything. From juggling schedules to remembering dress down days, mom brain can make even the simplest of daily activities feel like a mental marathon. However, fear not!

What day is it?

Here are five strategies that have helped me tame my mom brain:

1. Calendars are Your Best Friend: If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening. This statement is so true in my world. Whether it’s doctor appointments, school events, meetings, taxes, booking excursions, everything gets meticulously scheduled. I’ve also set up a shared calendar with my husband which has been life changing. Don’t have 3 different calendars? Put it all on one calendar to make it easy. Trust me, calendars are life savers.

To Do List

2. Short and Sweet To-Do Lists: While to-do lists can be helpful, they can also become overwhelming if not managed properly. Instead of creating mile-long lists, focusing on short, manageable tasks helps me personally. Each night, I jot down the five-ish most important things to accomplish the next day. Crossing them off as you go not only feels satisfying but also keeps you focused on the essentials.

3. Prioritize Sleep: It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is essential for optimal brain function. Aim for 7-8 hours of shut-eye to keep your memory sharp and your mind clear. Trust me, those extra Z’s make all the difference between feeling like a supermom and struggling to remember what day it is.

4. Repetition and Routine are Key: Repetition isn’t just for kids learning their ABCs; it’s a powerful tool for improving memory in adults as well. You can write it down, you can tell your partner, you can say it in your head or say it out loud. Routines also help our memory tremendously. Put your keys and your wallet in the same place every day. Take your vitamins and medications at the same time every day. Repetition and routine help solidify important information in your mind.

5. Slow Down and Be Mindful: In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become a victim of mindless actions. Take a moment to slow down and be present in your surroundings. Do you ever walk into a room and forget why you’re there? Do you ever wonder if you locked your car or not? Maybe you’re going too fast. Slow it down. Pause for a few seconds to focus on the task at hand. Practicing mindfulness not only improves memory but also reduces stress and enhances overall well-being.

Bonus Tip: Take a Nature Walk

When your brain is too busy, it affects your memory in a negative way. When the mental clutter becomes too overwhelming, step outside and take a leisurely walk for 5-10 minutes (without looking at your phone or listening to music). Engage your senses by observing the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. This simple act of mindfulness can help clear your head and rejuvenate your mind for the tasks ahead.

Nature Walk. Get some fresh air.

In conclusion, with the right strategies and tools at your disposal, you can improve your memory in your everyday life.

So, embrace the chaos, use your memory strategies, and remember, you’ve got this!

Rachael Rayes
Rachael lives in Kenner with her husband Steven and her two sons, Wyatt and Sawyer. After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University, she began working as a Speech Language Pathologist. Her current focus is adults with neurological disorders in an outpatient setting. When not at work, her favorite place to be is on her swing in her backyard watching her kids play. From the outside, people think she's the organized, crafty mom, but that is far from the truth. Like most moms, she's doing her best to survive the chaos of this crazy, beautiful life of motherhood. In 2024, she dreams of living a more minimalistic life and really focusing on the present.


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