Baby brain really does exist – well according to researchers at the University of London, anyway! If you keep forgetting things, are a ‘little’ oversensitive at times and find it harder to stay focused, there may well be a valid reason for it.

Examining the brain activity of 39 pregnant women and new mothers as they looked at images of adult and baby faces making either positive or negative expressions, the University of London researchers discovered that pregnant women used the right side of their brain more than new mothers, particularly when processing positive emotions.

“Our findings give us a significant insight into the ‘baby brain’ phenomenon that makes a woman more sensitive during the child bearing process”, said Dr Victoria Bourne, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway.

So what can you do about it?
There’s little more embarrassing than forgetting to do basic tasks in the workplace. While your colleagues may laugh it off the first couple of times, you’ll soon become a nuisance at work, so the sooner you adopt doe strategies to buffer this the better.

Here are some tips:

1. Write everything down
Yes – we’ve all heard this one before, but now you need to do it more than ever. Get into the habit of writing down notes about things you need to do and why, just in case…

2. Get some much-needed rest
When you’re preparing for important presentations or meetings, make sure you get ample rest the night before.Plan ahead so you have done al your research before hand, not leaving it to the night before when you should be resting, as you will likely be storing too much information on your brain.

3. Visualise important things
Instead of depending your memory for everything, you should try to practice visualising things that you need to remember. For example, you need to remember some important client names for a meeting with them; it will help if you can associate the faces of the people and their names with images that will make you recall them easily.

4. Beware of brain overload
While some people may attest that cramming work for them, this is not healthy as you try to force and overload your brain with too much information for a short period of time. Give yourself ample time to finish everything so you don’t end up stressed unnecessarily.

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