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Finding Contentment

Finding Contentment

By American Institute of Stress
Official podcast from The American Institute of Stress. This podcast focuses on stress and stress-related issues and features interviews with healthcare practitioners, stress experts, and professionals with expertise in stress research and management. Hosted by Will Heckman, AIS Executive Director.
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Stressed? The Answer May Be your Diet!
In this episode of Finding Contentment, host Will Heckman and special guest Udo Erasmus talk about Stress and its connection to our diet. Our guest is Udo Erasmus a pioneer of the health and wellness industry having created FLAX OIL and the Healthy Fats Movement. He is also the co-founder of the UDO’S CHOICE supplement brand, a global leader in cutting-edge health products having sold tens of millions of bottles of healthy oils, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. Udo is an accomplished author including Fats that Heal Fats that Kill which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.
August 01, 2022
“Journey to Yourself” Recognizing What Causes Stress
A Free Podcast With guest Jessica Harrington. In this episode, we talk about how people tend to respond to a stressor by obsessing about the situation. You may even talk about the situation with others. It’s not uncommon for a person experiencing a stressor to have physical symptoms.
June 28, 2022
The Rosch Stress Profiler
A Free Podcast With Guest James Porter In this episode, we talk about our new stress assessment tool that has been added to the many things that are offered at The Rosch Stress Profiler was developed by a team of top experts led by the legendary stress scientist and author, Paul Rosch, MD, protégé of Professor Hans Selye, who was a scientist and the father of the original stress concept, along with Dr. Maynard Brussman, a leader in executive coaching, and by our guest, James Porter, a true pioneer who has developed numerous tools to help people understand and manage stress.
May 31, 2022
Stress and our Physicians
On her website our guest, Dr. Tammie Chang wrote: Women who become physicians are suffering from record alarming rates of burnout, emotional exhaustion, stressors, and even suicide. What we do not learn as students, trainees, or attending physicians — what is not imparted to us in our long and arduous education and training — is the understanding that in order to best serve as the healers and physicians we have the potential to become, we have to first be strong and healthy in our own body, mind, and spirit. “Do no harm” has to apply to ourselves first. Listen to this great conversation that affects all of us.
April 26, 2022
Wellness and Well-being
A Free Podcast With Guest Ell Harlander, MEd, DAIS Wellness has several dimensions, including emotional well-being (coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships) and physical well-being (recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep), and being resilient. On her website, our guest wrote “Resilience is defined as the ability to navigate and recover from challenges” It is a great conversation about wellness and well-being including conflict resolution and holding on to tension.
March 25, 2022
50 Years Lost in Medical Advance With Guest Dr. Lewis Coleman
A Free Podcast With Guest Dr. Lewis Coleman Our guest wrote a book which describes what may one day be remembered as the most important theoretical advance in medical history. The worldwide warfare of the 20th century produced an era of research rigor, vigor, integrity, and progress that inspired a prominent physician researcher named Hans Selye to hypothesize that a “stress mechanism” regulates physiology and explains disease. His concept was and remains the most promising prospect for an effective theory of medicine, and it inspired an intense international search for the stress mechanism that was abandoned and mostly forgotten after years of fruitless failure. However, powerful new theories typically arrive long before evidence becomes available to confirm them. Another 30 years of accumulating evidence from unrelated research has now enabled the Dr. Lewis Coleman to identify the stress mechanism. It explains physiology and disease, and fulfills all the predictions and expectations of previous stress researchers. It revolutionizes medicine and provide powerful new treatments that will enable health, longevity, and freedom from the eternal curse of disease, suffering, and premature death
February 28, 2022
Cooking with kids as a stress reliever
In this episode host, Will Heckman and guest Katie Kimball are talking about cooking as a stress reliever. Specifically cooking with our kids. Making a home-cooked meal is a great way to make sure that our families are getting the proper nutrients and nourishment we need. But what might not be as obvious is that cooking (or baking) can also be an effective way to relieve stress. It’s an opportunity to be creative, stimulate the brain, and, if we involve them, connect with our kids.
February 03, 2022
Building Healthy Habits to Battle Burnout
A Free Podcast With Guest Beth Romanski In a new, free podcast from The American Institute of Stress, we discuss the global pandemic, prolonged remote work, and learning. We also discuss a struggling economy, a tense sociopolitical environment, and the increasing mental health challenges as a result of this unprecedented situation and associated uncertainty in the past few years.
January 03, 2022
Talking to Your Kids About Stress
A Free Podcast With Guest Dr. Cynthia Ackrill In a new, free podcast from The American Institute of Stress, we discuss how research shows that HOW we talk about stress makes a big difference in how we experience it. Who knew? We were definitely not taught that or many other principles or skills that would help us negotiate real life and its challenges. Covid has certainly illuminated our shortcomings, leaving almost everyone more stressed! So, how can we leverage this latest research to empower our kids (and us) in the face of stress? Join us as we discuss approaches that will build your children’s resilience and empower them to thrive in the face of challenges.
November 29, 2021
Strategies for an age of Stress
In a new, free podcast from The American Institute of Stress, we discuss how our brains can evolve, but not as fast as our world is changing. This creates a mismatch with our environment. This is why AIS produced the documentary “Mismatched-your brain under stress” To combat this we need to know how our brains can get hijacked, what tools we can use to become better aligned with the way stress affects our body and mind, and an understanding of how to recognize and move beyond knee jerk reactions to achieve our full potential. Our guest Frank Forencich has just written a book called “Beware False Tigers: Strategies and Antidotes for an Age of Stress” which really speaks to this issue.
November 01, 2021
The stress of our police officers
Join Dr. Ron Rufo as he discusses how being a police officer today exposes the people we count on to serve and protect us to enormous amounts of stress. That was true back in the ’80s when I was part of the NYPD and seems even more so now. Be it an officer patrolling a high-crime neighborhood in a big city, a small-town cop responding to a bar fight, or a homicide detective arriving at the scene of a multiple murder, the common factor in their jobs is stress. Let’s face it they work in environments where bad things happen. In fact, it is their job to run toward those bad situations, while others run away!
October 11, 2021
Music can help you escape stress.
In a new, free podcast from The American Institute of Stress, we discuss how music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. According to a 2013 Cochrane review of 26 studies involving more than 2,000 people, music reliably reduces anxiety among people preparing to undergo surgical operations. And the emotional benefits of music are not confined to the OR. The field of music therapy has exploded in recent decades, and trained music therapists are now helping people manage anxiety disorders and other physical or psychological conditions — everything from pain disorders to PTSD and of course stress. Tim Ringgold is a board-certified music therapist, author, and host of the Reduce Your Stress Podcast and Summit. Tim is also an award-winning international speaker, having shared the stage with some of the top minds on music, the brain, and personal development, including Tony Robbins. Tim was the first person to give a TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012 and is also a former Regional President of the American Music Therapy Association. He is also a Diplomate of The American Institute of Stress. You can find out more about Tim and all he does by going to
September 20, 2021
The Role of Emotion in Stress
One of the world’s top neuroscientists Dr. Evian Gordon who is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Medical Officer of Total Brain, discusses the role of emotions in stress. Listen to his insightful knowledge of integrative neuroscience. In this episode, he also reiterates what he speaks about in the AIS documentary " Mismatched", and about his mission is to improve mental health and brain performance through brain-based self-awareness and training. Hosted by AIS Executive Director - Will Heckman
September 07, 2021
Less High School Stress-The College Admission Process
In a new, free podcast from The American Institute of Stress, Steve Becker will discuss a free-access website, which introduces an innovative approach to significantly reducing college admissions stress. Whether you’re a student or parent concerned about college admission stress or a professional helping these individuals, this episode will provide you with a fresh approach to combatting this all-too-common affliction.
August 16, 2021
Six Ways to Get Your Mind "Unstuck"
In a new, free podcast from The American Institute of Stress, Dr. Robert Carter will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed all of our lives in a multitude of ways. After such a long period of being stuck inside, limiting exposure to friends and family, missing milestones in our lives, such as funerals, weddings, and births, along with juggling obligations at home and at work, is it any surprise that many of us are dealing with overwhelming stress, frustration, anger, and more? Listen as we discuss the options and choices we can all make to get "unstuck."
July 19, 2021
How To Stop Feeling So Stressed
New free podcast from The American Institute of Stress. In this episode, we will be talking with Dr. Margie Warrell about why things feel more stressful now. Increasingly more people have been bringing work laptops and projects home with them at the end of the day. All too many of us are familiar with the drill of checking emails before bed and looking at the news at all hours due to smartphones and social media. All of these things and a lot of others have just added to our feeling so stressed. Listen to the insightful thoughts of our guest to find out how we can help ourselves to learn how to stop feeling so stressed.
June 28, 2021
Why the goal of "reducing stress" often doesn't work.
We will be talking with Tanya Peterson about Why the goal of "reducing stress" often doesn't work. What does it look like to eliminate stress in your life? No, it doesn’t look like a made-for-television movie. No, it doesn’t look like something only people with extra time and money can do. It looks like your life—but without any self-created stress triggers. We all need to develop a way to Identify stressors, and then have the tools to manage that stress.  Tanya Peterson created Wellbeing & Words to empower people to transcend challenges, create a quality life regardless of circumstances, and provide an opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment. A former teacher and school counselor, she holds a master’s degree in counseling with a school emphasis and is a National Certified Counselor. She has both personal and professional experience with mental health care. Tanya is also a prolific writer of books and articles that inform, empower, and entertain.  She is a Diplomate with the American Institute of Stress, and as a recognized expert in stress, she has joined us in our commitment to advancing stress management. To learn more about Tanya go to –
June 07, 2021
The Disintegrating Student
Today we are talking about the ever-increasing stress our students are facing. We are going to be hearing from Dr. Jeannine Jannot. She is the author of an incredible book called The Disintegrating Student: Super Smart & Falling Apart. In this episode host, Will Heckman and Dr. Jannot explore an increasingly common phenomenon: we have these bright, successful students who suddenly hit a wall, and when they find their grades falling, they find themselves, without warning in a very stressful emotional upheaval.
May 24, 2021
Therapies for the Management of Stress and Burnout in Health Care Workers
According to the American Nurses Association’s Health Risk Appraisal, "An overwhelming majority of nurses surveyed (82 percent) consider workplace stress to be the biggest issue affecting our health. Join Steven Lopez, a member of the Guided Imagery Project, sponsored by the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and host Will Heckman as they discuss this important issue.
May 03, 2021
Take a Break from Stress with Fritz & Donnybrook
When was the last time you connected with nature? It’s easy to get caught up in our screen-to-screen routine. Join our guest Fritz from Fritz & Donnybrook @ Old Time Hawkey as he discusses with host Will Heckman how spending time in the great outdoors is a great stress reliever.
April 19, 2021
The Toll of Stress on our Nurses in a Pandemic
Numerous recent studies have explored work stress among health care personnel in many countries. Join Wendy Garvin Mayo, APRN, ANP-BC an Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Stress Solution Strategist, Certified Life Coach, Cancer Caregiver Consultant as she joins AIS Executive Director Will Heckman as they discuss this important topic. 
April 12, 2021
Stressed out? Eating more fiber can help!
Guest Shana Tatum joins host Will Heckman in a discussion on diet and Stress. Shana Tatum a registered dietitian nutritionist and a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine.
March 29, 2021
Reducing Stress Using Locus of Control
Join Ell Harlander founder and owner of Elevate Stress Management Services in Brunswick Ga as she discusses unique integrative stress management techniques with host Will Heckman. Elevate provides affordable -one-on-one and group stress management coaching. Elevate also provides educative stress seminars on topics ranging from Prosoche mindfulness to stress and nutrition. Ell works with a registered dietician to approve the accuracy of all the dietary information she presents at her seminars.
March 15, 2021
3 Massive Mistakes People Make that Keep them Stressed
Right now, the stress levels are so high that I thought we all need some help, so I gave my friend and a former guest of this podcast Jen Butler a call. I asked her to not only talk to us about what is going on but also to do a Free live webinar for AIS and that is going to happen on March 10 at 3 PM CST or 4 pm EST to find out more about this visit
March 01, 2021
Live well, Stress Less
Join James Porter, the CEO of stressstop as he discusses the newest products to help alleviate stress with host Will Heckman. has been providing stress reduction and resilience-building solutions now for over 30 years. They have some great user-friendly products that can help us.
February 08, 2021
The Stress of Accessing Mental Health Treatment for Families
When families face overwhelming stress, they sometimes need help. They need support when facing mental health issues, as well as the physical effects of that long-term stress. Join Kim Hager & Maria Martinez Calderon as they discuss this issue with host Will Heckman. To contact them for their study:,
January 18, 2021
Are My Colleagues Stressed Out? How Can I Tell?
Stress-Related to work has increased significantly during the pandemic compared with 2019. Join Dennis Morris the founder & CEO of Academic Executive Coach Institute of Respect & Academic Leadership Programs as he discusses these issues and more with host Will Heckman.
December 28, 2020
The New Stress of Work
Joining us on this episode is Jen Butler the owner, Founder, and CEO of JB Partners. We discuss the issues of the new stresses that face us at work.
December 07, 2020
The Return to Work, School and Stress-Part 2
In this 2 part series, we talk about being called back to work and the stress it is causing. We are joined by Dr. Jeff Jernigan a board-certified mental health professional known for influencing change in people and organizations by capitalizing on the growth and change through leadership selection and development. Jeff is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, along with his wife Nancy, for the Hidden Value Group.
November 23, 2020
The Return to Work, School and Stress-Part 1
In this 2 part series, we talk about being called back to work and the stress it is causing. We are joined by Dr. Jeff Jernigan a board-certified mental health professional known for influencing change in people and organizations by capitalizing on the growth and change through leadership selection and development. Jeff is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, along with his wife Nancy, for the Hidden Value Group.
November 09, 2020
The Science of Stress and Sleep
Join Dr. Shi-bin Li a scientist at Stanford University in this episode, he clarifies how the brain modulates sleep, particularly under stress and during aging, and develops effective treatments for sleep disorders.
October 26, 2020
Stress and Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down
Join our special guest Beth Romanski, the Director of Professional and Continuing Education at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and founder of My Healthy Transitions Health Coaching, as she talks about some ways keep ourselves healthy during these stressful times with host Will Heckman.
October 12, 2020
Walking Shelter Dogs to Reduce PTSD
Join our special guest Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello the developer and director of a university-based health research initiative for veterans, Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.) as she discusses this program called c-paww with host Will Heckman. 
September 28, 2020
Relax, Reboot, and Revitalize with the BrainTap App
Join Dr. Patrick K. Porter, a Neuroscience expert and founder of BrainTap as he discusses BrainTap with host Will Heckman. BrainTap allows users to relax, reboot, and revitalize while achieving peak brain performance.
September 14, 2020
How Yoga Helps Us with Stress
Join yoga expert Jessica Kaushik and host Will Heckman as they discuss the many ways Yoga can help reduce stress.
August 31, 2020
Stress and the Nuuaria Method
Join Maya Nahra, RD, DAIS the founder and creator of Nuuaria health and wellness company as she discusses stress and the Nuuaria method in Meditation, and much more, with host Will Heckman.
August 17, 2020
Stress and your Diet
Join Dr. Uma Naidoo a board-certified Harvard psychiatrist, professional chef, and nutrition specialist as she discusses her new book THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FOOD, and diet and stress with host Will Heckman.
August 03, 2020
The Art of Stress-Free Living
Join Dr. Brian Ramos a neuroscientist from Yale as he discusses The Art of Stress-Free Living with host Will Heckman
July 27, 2020
How Kindness Helps us with Stress.
Join Dr. David Fryburg an endocrinologist and research scientist as he discusses with host Will Heckman how his program Envision Kindness helps to manage stress.
July 20, 2020
Your Stress affects other people around you!
We are joined by Sporty King a Toastmasters International Hall of Fame inductee and Certified Stress Mastery Educator as he has a fun-filled conversation with host Will Heckman about stress.
July 10, 2020
Stress Effects in Children-What Teachers and Parents Need to Know.
Noel Foy a Neuroeducator, and Author of the book ABC Worry Free talks to host Will Heckman about the toll stress takes on children
June 09, 2020
The Physical Toll Stress Takes and How to Combat it
Join Dr. Cynthia Ackrill Editor of Contentment magazine, a physician trained in neuroscience and a Certified Stress Mastery Educator as she discusses the physical toll of stress with host Will Heckman.
June 01, 2020
Reduce the New Stress of Working from Home
Ashira Prossack the Internationally recognized multi-generational workplace consultant speaks with host Will Heckman about the new stress of working from home.
May 21, 2020
Stress and Online Learning
Education expert Dr. Chris Simmons discusses the stress of the new online learning and offers some tips and insights.  Hosted by Will Heckman, Executive Director of The American Institute of Stress.
May 11, 2020
How to Survive the Stress of a Pandemic
Dr. Shevaun Neupert, a professor at NC State, discusses tips for surviving the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Will Heckman, Executive Director of The American Institute of Stress.
April 30, 2020
How to Survive the Stress of Social Distancing
Dr. Ron Rubenzer, a psychologist who has dedicated his life to reducing stress at home, school, and work, talks about managing the stress of social distancing. Hosted by Will Heckman, Executive Director of The American Institute of Stress.
April 22, 2020
Managing Stress of Working from Home
Dr. Rozina Lakhani, an MD with specialization in psychiatry, discusses how to manage the stress of working from home. Hosted by Will Heckman, Executive Director of The American Institute of Stress.
April 13, 2020
Coronavirus and Stress
James Porter, president of, talks about COVID-19 and its impact on stress. Hosted by Will Heckman, Executive Director of The American Institute of Stress. 
April 03, 2020
Intro to AIS & What is Stress?
Will Heckman, Executive Director of The American Institute of Stress, introduces the non-profit organization, including its mission and the resources available at, and features AIS president Dr. Daniel L. Kirsch who explains the definition of stress. 
March 20, 2020