Does having a baby really make us lose our minds or is it that we just don’t have the time to use it?
I would consider myself extremely organised. I think my personality and the school teacher in me crave structure and routine. Filing is a fun activity and writing lists is my idea of heaven. The problem is remembering. What was I going to write on my list? What did I need to pick up from the shops? Anyone ever walk into the kitchen for something and when you get there, you can’t remember what you went in there for? I’m fairly certain I do this on a daily basis.
I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone when she suddenly screamed and left me with an ‘I’ll call you back.’ A few minutes later she called laughing so hard she could barely talk. While she was talking to me and letting her little boy in the house while carrying a handful of stuff (you know how we all do a thousand things at once), she had left her handbrake off and her car started rolling out of the driveway.
So I don’t think there is any need to panic or start brain training exercises but there are a few things that I thought I would share that help me to use my brain.
I love to read and be lost in another world other than my own. It helps me to switch off after a busy day and lets my mind focus on something else. I’m about to start reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (I am a book before the movie person) so hopefully that doesn’t freak me out that I can’t sleep either. I use Goodreads (www.goodreads.com) to find my books otherwise go to my book review link and find yourself a book from my favourites list.
Online courses are great. I just finished a two year course on Children’s Writing through www.opencolleges.edu.au and because I could do it from home, I did it in my own time and felt proud of myself that I had achieved something.
Start a hobby or work a few hours a week. I love being a stay at home mum but craved doing something for myself. The Realistic Mum blog and writing children’s books have become the start of a very exciting career for me and I feel I am getting the best of both worlds.
It doesn’t matter what it is, just do something that is for you only. Do something you love and something that you can fit into your busy life that you will thrive off without it becoming a burden.