Being a mom and a home maker comes with a lot of responsibility. Trying to remember everything at once can lead to a lot of overwhelm and anxiety.
There’s also a lot of dreams and passions that come with being a woman. You’ve got big things you want to do that end up on the back burner but still take up space in your head.
Maybe you’ve heard of brain dumping before or tried it yourself. Let’s discuss how and why you want to brain dump as a stay at home mom.
“The mind is like water, when it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” – Prasad Mahes.
Getting the Thoughts Out.
I’m a visual thinker, so when I’m feeling overwhelmed I often imagine my mind is swimming with a tangled mess of thoughts. When I have a lot on my mind and heart it all starts to nag at me all at once. This is why I like to keep lists for everything.
A brain dump is a great way to get all these thoughts and worries out of your head and onto paper where you can organize the chaos.
After a brain dump it makes it easy to see what’s taking up space in your head. It serves as a visual aid to assist in clearing out your mental clutter. Once it’s all out, you can organize it into lists, put things on your calendar or planner, add things to your dream board or your prayer list.
“Clarity is not found through intellect, but experienced in stillness.” – Buddha.
This is a Good, Bad and Ugly Exercise.
Some people like to brain dump onto a template and organize their thoughts as they put them to paper. I prefer to use a pen and plain notebook paper to write the thoughts as they come, as chaotic as it may be and organize them later.
When you brain dump, avoid making a to do list. Write down every kind of thought, whether it’s a goal, a dream or a negative thought that’s impairing your self esteem.
How it’s Done.
Make this exercise work for you, the point is to unburden your mind, not add more to your plate. You can do it daily, in the morning, before a project, before bed, in times of mental stress.
I like to brain dump every Monday morning, and use it to plan out my whole week with intention and purpose. It helps me to see what needs done, where my priorities are and to start out my week with a clean mental slate.
Choose a peaceful practice or a quick release.
There’s no wrong way to brain dump as long as it’s helping you ease your mental load. I like to set a 2 minute timer and clear out my head as quick as I can, allowing the adrenaline to fuel me – I often go beyond the 2 minutes, but it’s very helpful to get the juices going and get me started. Others may prefer to take their time and be more thoughtful with the process.
“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day” – Dalai Lama.
Have you tried brain dumping before? What method do you use? How have you seen changes with a brain dump? Let us know in the comments below!
“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16