Fuzzy. An oft-used adjective referring to your hubby's non-shaven cheek, an Angora sweater or that famous bear with no hair of rhyming lore. But fuzzy can sometimes be used to described how your brain is feeling - especially after late-night feedings or the five a.m. wakeup call to bake cupcakes for the band fundraiser...or week after week of constant work/mommy/wife/life clutter in that mental space.
What's a mom to do? Boost that brainpower by doing any or all of the ideas below. You'll thank me later (and actually remember to do so!).
Sleep - A-number-one way to clear the cobwebs is to give the brain time to rest, to chill, to recharge. Rev that brain engine with sleep. I know, I know, easier said than done, but getting a consistent good night's sleep or taking catnaps through the day is vital for brain function.
Exercise - Study after study shows that when you exercise something happens in our bodies to get brain cells and neurons working again. Even 15 minutes a day of walking or jumping rope or doing some speed yoga moves can help.
Feed your tummy with brain food - Shovel those Omega-3s onto the plate, folks. Fish (think salmon, trout, tuna, halibut), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed oil all have the essential fatty acid needed to catapult the cranium into a new level of function.
Feed you brain with fun - Do some puzzles, word games, Sudoku. Play Angry Birds or Words With Friends. Read a book. All of it will give your brain some energy juice.
How do you keep that mind sharp? Do you love puzzles? How about fish?
by jerzeetomatoJuly 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Not so crazy about fish - love puzzles! I get my omega-3s in nuts and flaxseed and tuna (my one fish "love"). I do find that when I take a morning walk - my mind is much more focused for the rest of the day!
July 20, 2012 at 11:41 AMI do all of those things!
by slw123July 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I read, sleep, and exercise =)
by sweetpea1269July 20, 2012 at 3:29 PMI could use some sleep, I'm definitely fuzzy headed lately from lack of sleep!
July 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM
I have yet to find something that works I have 3 little ones under 2.
by othermomJuly 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM
by MadelaineJuly 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM
Good article! I try to keep sharp by reading and doing puzzles.
by elasmimiJuly 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM
I play so much words with friends, my brain must be very energized! Bridge is also good for keeping your brain sharp!