Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4 Fun Ways To Keep Your Mommy Brain Sharp


I have been out of college and a stay at home mom for a while now and sometimes I feel like my brain is mush! Mush meaning "mommy brain" which is where I have forgotten how to interact with adults, manners, basically everything that doesn't have to do with my child.  In addition to "mommy brain", my most commonly used words are "potty", "tushy", and "kissy" lol. As an outgoing person I want to make sure I am able to hold an adult conversation if needed, so I would like to share a few things that I do to keep my mind feeling fresh. Here are 4 fun ways to keep your mommy brain sharp!

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Free College Courses - Coursera.org is a website where you can take free online college courses. Over the years I have taken many courses through this site including a writing course, nutrition course, and a chemistry course. Watching online webinars can be very informative, I've watched them on different topics. I have also just discovered a new site called EDX.org. I'm planning to register and see what they have to offer. Even though I was done with college years ago, it is still good to refresh your mind or even learn a new subject.

Reading - I really enjoy reading a good book, most of my book collection was built with books from Goodwill. The library is of course a great source, but newly released books my not be available. If I check out library books,  I tend to read faster since I know that I have to return the book after only a few weeks. I understand that sometimes busy moms don't have the time to sit down and read a book, but lately I have been using Hoopla. Hoopla is available as an app and is a digital media service that allows you to stream and download audiobooks, music, ebooks, and movies using your library card. I love listening to an audio book on a long drive in the car.

Listen to Podcasts - Lately I have been listening to podcasts almost daily. If you aren't able to sit down with a physical book or even listen to an audio book, then a podcast may be the way to go. Podcasts take less time to listen to than an audio book. There are podcasts about any and everything, you can even learn a foreign language from a podcast.

Have Hobbies - Hobbies are my thing! I didn't really start tapping into my hobbies until I was in college when I began a beauty blog. Now in my real adult life lol, I love to scrapbook, do yoga, read and write.  I also like to go to different events in my hometown. Having hobbies keeps your mind sharp and is a great form of self care which all moms need.

See anything on this list that you want to try out? I can honestly say that I have been enjoying audio books and podcasts, they are both effortless to listen to. What are some things that you do to keep your mind fresh? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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18 comments:

  1. These are really great tips! I need to check out that site to brush up on my writing but mommy brain can be something lol!

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  2. I'm good at the have a hobby but I really need to work on the listening to podcasts and getting back in to reading. I'm a yoyo reader but I really do miss a good book. Thank you for this reminder!

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  3. Such great tips! It’s always important to stay mind sharp!

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  4. I use an app called Hello Chinese to learn some Mandarin with Pinyin. And I use Duolingo to brush up on French and Italian and dabble in a little Japanese.
    I also, use YouTube videos to learn Chinese with my son, whom I homeschool.
    I play word games on my phone and look up words I don't know.🤓

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  5. Great tips! I love listening to podcasts, it teaches me a lot!

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  6. I lack in hobbies for sure. Although we did just sign up at the Y and they have childcare so I may get a yoga class in every once in awhile to clear the mom brain.

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  7. I love reading! I just have a hard time fitting it in with 4 little kids. I have found magazines work well because each article only takes a few minutes.

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  8. These are such great tips! I love reading, and I just couldn't find the time to squeeze it in my hectic schedule anymore. But I would love to be able to really enjoy my free time and maybe read a book I've been dying to read for a while.

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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  9. Great ideas! I'm slowly getting back into reading (after a 6 year break!!). And playing the piano at church.

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  10. I'll take all the tips I can get! Ha! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. It's true! My mommy brain is definitely stuck in slow motion! Haha. I do love to read and try to read a combination of fiction and nonfiction to get my brain functioning at a (somewhat) normal pace. I want to check out the free college courses, though! That looks amazing!

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  12. I love these tips! I recently started listening to podcasts and have become obsessed! I do also love to read, but with a 2-year old that sometimes is easier said than done!

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  13. Yes, I try to do all of these! I really love podcasts ( I listen to around 20-30 shows regularly) and I've been using a few different websites to take courses when I have the time. It really does help keep you sharp! I use apps too, like ones that help "train" your brain.

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  14. My kids are older now so other than driving them to their various activities daily my chores are more for teens. I run this blog and that keeps me sharp but your ideas are some I should take in.

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  15. I'm not a mother yet, but I really like this. Especially the free college courses tip. It's something I think I'll take advantage of now and definitely when that time comes, just to keep my brain fresh. Thanks!

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  16. Podcasts are such a good idea! I know so many people who are into those.

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  17. It's so important, and mommy brain is such a thing! Thanks for the great tips!

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  18. These are great! I've never even considered Podcasts as a great brain stimulator but I can see that. Time to go search some great ones out!

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