Memory For Mommies

... Cutting through the Fog of Motherhood

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Memory Help

Use the HSKT Method to Improve Recall on your "To-Do" Lists

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to do list - croppedThe life of a mother is frantic.  Every day is filled with distractions that can make it easy to forget what’s next on your list of things to do.  Even when things are written down distractions can make it difficult to remember your “to-do” list. One way to increase your chances of remembering is to have a mental system to keep your thoughts organized. An easy method to use is the HSKT method.
 
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Depression Fighting Foods

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The birth of a child is a wonderful and joyous time. It is a time of renewal and new possibilities. It is also a time when many mothers experience depression resulting in memory loss. There are a number of issues that cause depression.

 

One of the issues is called “the baby blues,” which are mood swings that are the result of high hormonal fluctuations that occur during and immediately after childbirth. In some cases more severe conditions, such as postpartum depression, occur. An way you look at it it's a recipe for disaster and memory loss.


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One Little Thing for Mommies

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As a mother of three, I understand the reality of losing your memory, and sometimes even your mind, after kids show up on the scene.

 

The good news about your mind and your memory is that you can do little things, consistently over time, that will make a big difference and allow you to get closer to reaching your potential, whatever that looks and feels like to you. The key is to add one thing at a time and maintain the activity consistently for 120 days, or four months. The idea is to create a health habit that will stick. Then you can choose another thing, and so on.

 

I am constantly searching for easy, safe and inexpensive things we can do to make this world a better place; one person, one family and one organization at a time. I organize the physical human experience into three parts: Movement, Attitude and Nutrition.

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Overcoming Momnesia

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Momnesia! What is it? The term momnesia is a term first coined by pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altman. Momnesia refers to the memory challenges mommies face in their 26th week of conception through the first 6-12 months of motherhood. Additional insight was revealed by neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine. Brizendine is the founder of the Women’s and Teen Girls’ Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco and author of The Female Brain. In her book, Dr. Brizendine discusses the impact of the biological and hormonal changes motherhood brings. For example, she says a big boost in the feel-good hormone oxytocin and other changes contribute to a shift in a mother’s priorities. Dr. Brizendine, who jokingly refers to the entry to motherhood as the “invasion of the brain snatchers” writes, “The parts of the brain responsible for focus and concentration are preoccupied with protecting and tracking the newborn for the first six months.” She elaborates the additional oxytocin released during breast feeding can “heighten and prolong this unfocused state.” The severity varies from mom to mom.

 

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