Finding Contentment

Finding Contentment

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.


May 31, 2023 38 mins

Welcome to an extraordinary episode of Finding Contentment filled with exceptional guests. If you're a regular viewer, get ready for a unique experience today. We are thrilled to have the incredibly talented members of ASH HOLLOW, a band that puts a significant emphasis on addressing stress and mental health. Their insights and perspectives promise to make this show truly remarkable. For more info:

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On this show, host Will Heckman and Douglas Mulhall have a conversation about whether we could live longer and better if the damage triggered by the hidden stress that affects all of us was reversed.That is the question our guest asks in his new book.“Discovering the Nature of Longevity-Restoring the Body by targeting hidden Stress.”Also, we discuss why standard therapies temporarily relieve heart disease symptoms but don't r...

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March 30, 2023 46 mins

On this show, host Will Heckman and Dr. Yair Maman have a conversation about a topic that is near and dear to our hearts, education, and the educational system. Few people outside of the system realize the pressures put on those who are involved with the teaching and care of our young adults. And for the students, previous research indicates that unchecked academic-related stress can reduce academic achievement, decrease motivation...

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A Free Podcast With Guests Rita Hitching and Dr. Lisa Lampe.

On this show, we will be talking about one of the worst problems that I think stress can cause, insomnia!

High levels of stress impair sleep by prolonging how long it takes to fall asleep and fragmenting sleep. Sleep loss triggers our body's stress response system, leading to an elevation in stress hormones, namely cortisol, which further disrupts sleep.

So, what do we do...

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January 25, 2023 37 mins

On this show, we have always strived to bring you the leaders in the field of stress, and mental health. Today we have succeeded and are going to speak with one of the best.

In this episode of Finding Contentment, host Will Heckman and special guest Brett Cotter talk about how you can break free from stress and the anxiety it can cause. We also find out information about the Anxiety & Trauma Recovery Retreats that Brett offers.


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December 30, 2022 36 mins

Workplace Stress

A Free Podcast With Guest Nick Jonsson

In this episode of Finding Contentment, host Will Heckman and special guest Nick Jonsson talk about job stress. Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away a significant source of stress for America...

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November 29, 2022 42 mins

When it comes to good health and stress relief, physical activity matters. Exercise and physical activity improve overall fitness, body mass index, and cardiovascular and muscular health.

But just as important is that studies show exercise can relieve stress, reduce depression, and improve cognitive function.

Joining host Will Heckman is someone that has made fitness and exercise his life’s work.

Bryce Henson is CEO of Fit Body Boo...

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October 28, 2022 38 mins

In this episode of Finding Contentment, host Will Heckman and special guest Yasmine Mustafa talk about workplace safety and stress.

Harassment and assaults against staff are rising. How workers feel impacts their performance, wellness, and liability risk. Same for an organization’s attraction, retention, and productivity of employees.

People feeling stress about safety in the workplace has recently led to a significant increase in ...

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September 28, 2022 45 mins

A Free Podcast With Guest Rick Olderman

In this episode of Finding Contentment, host Will Heckman and special guest Rick Olderman talk about pain and its relation to stress, and how it affects our everyday lives. Living with pain day after day can be stressful. It can also lead to mental health problems. In fact, one-third of adults with arthritis have anxiety or depression.

Stress has been known to make chronic pain worse. Stress ...

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August 29, 2022 65 mins

In this episode of Finding Contentment, host Will Heckman and special guest Eric Kussin talk about Eric's journey from a severe bout of PTSD, along with symptoms of anxiety and depression. His issues came essentially “out of nowhere” and left him almost permanently in bed, and with severe cognitive impairment, for just over two and a half years. Listen as he speaks about how he found a way to climb out of his abyss, he vowed to spe...

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August 1, 2022 45 mins

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, pr...

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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.

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May 31, 2022 43 mins

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,...

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April 26, 2022 41 mins

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 bec...

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March 25, 2022 36 mins

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 conversat...

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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...

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February 3, 2022 44 mins

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 bra...

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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.

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November 29, 2021 34 mins

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 m...

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November 1, 2021 40 mins

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 unde...

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