If so, you’re not alone.
Ahhh, it’s officially the season I affectionately refer to as May Mom Brain. The time of year when the calendar is overflowing with activities and events. End of school performances, games and graduations. The time of year when my mind short circuits and I am convinced I have early onset Alzheimer’s because I forget any and everything from birthdays and doctors appointments to picking up my kid from school. Last week I forgot where I parked after being in the grocery store for 10 minutes. The struggle is real.
In the past, admitting these things would embarrass me or make me feel ashamed…like I am less-than as a mom, friend or business owner. Now I find acknowledging it, owning it and accepting this brain overload in myself and others has made it less scary. I’m not losing my mind. I just have too many damn tabs open.
Here are a few things I’m doing to mitigate the misses:
Invest in self-care. Seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? Your plate is full! How can you add self-care to it? Because when you fill your bucket first you have more to give to others. Self-care can be as simple as a 10 minute power nap, reading a chapter of a book or going for an invigorating walk around the block. Pro tip: leave your device home or in the other room. Even a short opportunity to disconnect from the everyone and everything demanding your attention will help your restore and reset!
Sleep. I was definitely of the mindset “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Then I tried sleeping more and felt soooo much better. Your body needs rest and one reason we feel so stressed and strung out all the time is because our brains are on overdrive. Instead of burning the midnight oil trying to get through the to-do, I pick the 1 or 2 “musts” on the list and do those before bed, leaving the rest of the list for tomorrow. I’m getting to bed before 10 and attempting to get 7-8 hours of sleep. My brain definitely works better when rested.
Share the struggle. Talk about it. Be there for others who are also feeling overwhelmed. There is strength and comfort in community. No one ever be benefits from pretending like everything is peachy keen. Our world is full of filtered feeds and false expectations. Find your tribe of real, raw and human people who feed your soul.
WANT A LITTLE SELF-CARE IN YOUR LIFE?
Option 1 – Try this 30-minute Recharge class with Lizzie. Note: you need a set of yoga tune up balls. You can get them here.
Option 2 – Sign up for a very special Recharge45 class with guest instructor Ravit at 6:30pm PT on Wed, May 25th in Los Altos and on Livestream. Get more details and sign up below.
Option 3 – Retreat Yourself. No one in your orbit benefits when you are stressed and barely hanging on. They do benefit from a well rested and relaxed version of you. Book a spot on our Alkalign retreat for Oct 15-19. (Only 3 spots left!) Is there ever a good time to go away? No. But we also didn’t book it in May for a reason.
Self-care is in an inside job. It may sound like ‘one more thing to do’ but it’s actually THE thing you NEED to do in order to keep your tabs organized and maybe even realizing you can close some of the unecessary ones.