Mom brain fog. It’s not you. It’s real.
In addition to having to think for yourself, you also have to think for each one of your children. Having so much to think about and keep track of can lead to overwhelm and forgetfulness.
If that weren’t enough, studies show hormonal changes during pregnancy and birth can actually change the brain. These permanent alterations could be the root cause of what we call mom brain.
While organizational tools are important to overcoming mom brain, there are also several highly effective natural remedies too.
Natural Remedies for Mom Brain
Did you know diffusing certain essential oils can increase your awareness?
Tests have shown inhaling either of these two scents increases the brain’s production of memory waves.
You may elect to diffuse rosemary or basil on their own. Or, you may want to try diffusing one of these stimulating blends:
Stimulating Blend #1
6 drops grapefruit oil
3 drops basil oil
Stimulating Blend #2
5 drops rosemary oil
3 drops basil oil
2 drops spearmint oil
Stimulating Blend #3
5 drops rosemary oil
3 drops sweet orange oil
I like to have one of these three blends diffusing while working on a project requiring my full attention. It helps to keep my mind sharp and focused.
Having a cup of coffee, or other caffeinated beverage, can result in a short term boost in concentration.
So go ahead and indulge in that extra cup of coffee when your mom brain is telling you you need it.
Ginkgo biloba appears to increase the amount of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Your brain needs oxygen to operate at it’s peak.
Adding this supplement to your daily routine can help keep your brain functioning through brain fog.
The recommended dosage of ginko biloba is 120 milligrams per day.
Any type of aerobic exercise will help to increase the blood flow to your brain.
More oxygen to the brain means better brain function.
So chose which type of exercise you enjoy and make it a daily habit.
B vitamins help make and repair brain tissue. The problem is, with the standard American diet, most people don’t get enough B vitamins on a daily basis.
Make sure your diet includes nuts, whole grains, and meat. Your body will turn those foods into mental energy.
In addition, taking a good multivitamin can ensure proper B vitamin intake.
That said, I’m in favor of taking a B vitamin complex. A good B vitamin complex can make a marked difference in your mental and physical energy (2 things all moms could use more of!)
Prevention can be as simple as staying mentally active.
Playing games like scrabble or cards helps keep you mentally sharp. So can putting together puzzles, doing the crossword, or solving a sodoku.
The great news is, many of these activities can be done with your kids, so it’s a win-win.
Engaging your creative side by getting crafty also works to keep you mentally sharp. Maybe work on those baby books you’ve been putting off?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a doctor?
If you are having trouble finding familiar places, following a recipe, or have noticed a sharp decrease in your ability to remember common things, make time to discuss these symptoms with a doctor. These are signs your memory problems may go beyond the normal mom brain forgetfulness.
When does mom brain fog go away?
Mom brain fog is not a permanent state. But to feel fully like yourself, you must keep your memory sharp and honed. Add these highly effective natural remedies to battle forgetfulness.
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