019: Powerful Tactics to Eliminate Mum Stress | Kate Snowise

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

[Lou Holtz]


Today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday is about managing the inevitable stress that goes hand-in-hand with being a busy mum. We’ve all felt it when the demands build up and up to the point where they overwhelm us.

My guest today is SuperMum, Kate Snowise.

New Zealand born Kate lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and their two small boys who are 4 and 2. Despite writing her Masters thesis on stress and wellbeing, Kate readily admits that being a parent is the toughest job she’s ever had.

Before becoming a mum, Kate was a Corporate Psychologist and started her own business as a Life and Executive Coach after being a stay-at-home mum for two years.

Kate will help us identify what stress is in simple terms, how we can recognise whether it’s building up within us to the point where it might be a problem, and how we can eliminate the inevitable stress that seems to be integral to our lives as a busy mum.

Kate’s fusion of professional knowledge, her education in the field of Positive Psychology, and the hands on practical experience she’s gained from the trenches of motherhood, makes her the perfect person to help us understand and combat the stress we deal with as mothers.

I’m so pleased that Kate has joined us today because her advice really will help you to eradicate stress and make a big difference in your life making it happier and healthier.


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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • What stress is, how it manifests itself, and how you can tell if you’ve had too much
  • How to reduce stress and prevent it from coming back again
  • Why some mums can cope with stress, whilst others struggle
  • How to rise to the challenge of your problems, rather than being completely consumed by them
  • How to use stress to your advantage
  • Mindset strategies for preventing and overcoming stress
  • The solution to being tipped over the edge when all the multiple demands keep building up


 Hope you enjoy todays show!


Please leave a comment:

If you have a question or want some advice from an experienced Positive Psychologist and happiness coach, ask away.

And let us know in the comments, what makes you most stressed as a mum and how do you combat it?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:


KATE’S PODCAST: Here to Thrive

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

TED TALK: The power of vulnerability by Brene Brown

PROFILE: Gretchin Ruben

BUCKET MODEL: Kate’s explanation of the Bucket Model. Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish
BOOK:  Stress, Appraisal & Coping by Dr. Richard S Lazarus and Dr. Susan Folkman. A book by the developers of the Cognitive Appraisal Method.
‘GOOD STRESS’ ARTICLE:  Eustress. “Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed.”
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Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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3 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Thank you too, Melissa and Debby. I really appreciate how you handled such a difficult topic in a practical yet sensitive way. I know from the feedback, that our mum listeners have found it to be very useful, Lisa x

  2. Melissa and Debby
    Melissa and Debby says:

    Lisa, we wanted to thank you for having us on your Podcast – it was truly an enjoyable experience. We so appreciated your insightful questions that enabled us to share more about how to heal after a difficult or traumatic birth. And thank you for caring so much about mums – it really shows in your podcasts, and we feel very grateful to have this opportunity to reach more women and share the message that birth trauma is real…AND that it is possible to heal. Much love, Melissa and Debby xx

  3. Lisa York
    Lisa York says:

    I hope you enjoyed this very open and honest episode with Melissa and Debby. Did you feel supported and listened to while giving birth? Let me know in the comments! Lisa x

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