Is it just me or is it a thing that mom brains can not just turn off? I sometimes look at my husband in awe (or envy or anger) when he can just instantly sit down and be relaxed, sometimes nodding off completely. He also sleeps like the dead at night, while I hear every rustle of every sheet in the house. Not only do I have a tough time stopping to take a rest, I also seem to not be able fall asleep at night as quickly as I could before kids and I wake up hours before the rest of the house. (I’m naturally a night owl who loves to sleep in, but now find it impossible.)
I am pretty sure my mind has not just been calm and quiet since I had kids. So 5 years now. I am constantly thinking about the kids, their food, the schedule, what I didn’t get done and other things I want to do that I won’t have time for. Even now, I am writing late at night and feeling guilty that I’m doing this instead of cleaning the bathroom.
Is there such thing as “Mom Brain?” Even today in the modern world, woman tend to manage almost every part of their families lives; from food, to homework, to after school activities. Is this inability to shut off simply because there is too much going on all the time? Not only are there the tasks and chores, but also the worries and problems that a mother can not help to spend time dwelling on. Add this to working and miscellaneous money stresses and it is easy to see how a brain could get stuck on overdrive.
Is this brain phenomenon an actual thing? I am hoping it’s true (so that I don’t feel crazy) and I am hoping that maybe someday there will be a cure to all the worry and planning and obsessing that we all do. If not, maybe just one peaceful night with no thoughts, no noise and no disturbances. I could live with that.