Beyond Soccer Mom: Strategies For A Fabulous Balanced Life

(WTNH) — It is no surprise that being a mom is a major source of stress for women. Health and Happiness Coach Dr. Leonaura Rhodes gives her tips on reducing stress for moms.

A 2014 Clinton Foundation survey of over 1000 American moms, showed that 67% were at least somewhat stressed and 14% were very stressed. Stress is not only bad for physical and emotional health, but it’s also bad for relationships and performance in everything you do: brain research shows that too much stress makes you more clumsy, more inattentive and worsens your memory. As if that weren’t bad enough, but mothers are the number one stress role model for their children. If mom copes badly under stress, her children will most likely also cope badly under stress. All good reasons why all moms should be taking control of their stress.

Dr. Leonaura Rhode’s  3 step strategy for reducing stress:

1. Accept and acknowledge that stress inevitable. Identify and reduce sources of stress (e.g. overscheduling, boredom, lack of fulfillment).

2. Improve the health of your body and brain so that you will cope better with stress when it occurs.

3. Reduce the impact of stress (mindfulness, lifestyle changes, walk in nature, etc.)

Dr. Leonaura Rhodes has over 23 years experience as a physician, neurotherapist and coach. She helps women create balanced thriving lives, through a unique neuroscience approach to coaching. In 2014 her book “Beyond Soccer Mom: strategies for a fabulous balanced life” was published (Morgan James). Leonaura is also host of the video blog show “The Busy Mom Show” and she has a free 14 day mindfulness program for mothers called “Meditation4Moms”.

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