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.


June 24, 2024 53 mins

In this episode we explore the profound impact of stress on families and uncover paths to resilience and recovery. We delve into a topic that affects countless households: the stress of broken families. From divorce to estrangement, to war, natural disasters can leave lasting scars, affecting our emotional well-being for a long time. The emotional toll can be overwhelming, but understanding and addressing these stresses is key to ...

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The human stress burden is a multifaceted issue impacting physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Chronic stress stems from various sources, including work pressures, financial difficulties, personal relationships, and health concerns, often leading to detrimental effects on the body and mind. Prolonged stress can contribute to a host of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, and weakened immune f...

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April 26, 2024 54 mins

The Stressed Mom


Joining us for this episode is a special guest

 Dr. Jennifer Bourgeois    


As we approach Mother’s Day with this episode, our focus shifts towards the intersection of stress and motherhood. Over the past five decades, the landscape of motherhood has undergone significant transformations. Today's mothers are tasked with navigating a delicate balance between the demands of work and home, all while striving ...

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As you know this podcast is dedicated to exploring and promoting stress and stress related issues. In our latest episode we will be discussing suicide prevention and more specifically the vital work of veteran crisis counselors.  Brett Cotter, an author and Stress Is Gone founder, has over 20 years of experience helping people release emotional pain. He facilitates groups at Omega, Kripalu, Tibet House, & The Himalayan Instit...

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February 23, 2024 44 mins

With guest Chantal Donnelly Our guest today wrote on her website ‘ People believe we can think our way out of stress, but stress originates below the skull. Body-based tools are key to managing anxiety. It is essential that you recognize when your stress responses are helpful and when your reactions aren't serving you. Learn to listen to your body so you can reap the benefits of stress while minimizing its negative effects. Re...

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January 25, 2024 60 mins

Joining us for this episode is a special guest

Laura Barrett, MBA, BSN, RN  


In this episode, we will discuss the world of alternative stress management tools and techniques.

We will navigate the realms of stress relief, incorporating not only mindfulness practices but also delving into the transformative power of plant-based and integrative medicine.

Navigating critical illness and chronic diseases caused by stress can be an ...

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January 1, 2024 49 mins

In Today’s podcast, we will delve deep into the world of performing, creativity, inspiration, and the unique stressors that artists face.

From the relentless pursuit of perfection to the emotional rollercoaster fueled by the stress of rejection and self-doubt. We'll delve into the resilience that helps artists push through, the unyielding determination they possess, and the unwavering passion that keeps their creative fires b...

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November 27, 2023 54 mins

Joining us for this episode is special guest Myke Cole  

 PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop in some individuals after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include, but are not limited to, combat exposure, physical or sexual assault, accidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or the sudden death of a loved one.

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Have you ever had one of those days at work when you feel like you're juggling flaming swords while riding a unicycle on a tightrope? Yeah, we've all been there! This episode of our podcast is about workplace stress. We will be diving into the daily grind and how it can sometimes make you feel like you're drowning in a sea of deadlines, emails, and office politics. But fear not, because we're here to share stories,...

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September 28, 2023 54 mins

In the our lives, relationships play a vital role in shaping our emotional well-being and overall happiness. Whether it's our bond with a romantic partner, family members, friends, or colleagues, the connections we form with others significantly impact our mental and emotional state. However, like any aspect of life, relationships are not immune to challenges, and one of the most common and formidable obstacles is stress. Stre...

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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress with Renee Mill" is a transformative podcast that offers practical guidance to free listeners from the burdens of anxiety and stress. This podcast features senior clinical psychologist, renowned mental health expert and corporate speaker, Renee Mill, as a special guest. Together, we explore the origins of anxiety and stress, provide evidence-based strategies, mindfulness techniques, and mindset s...

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Joining us today is Dr. Daniel Andreae.

With over twenty years of professional experience in the education sector, Dr. Andreae has established himself as a highly distinguished and esteemed expert in several areas, health, neuroscience, psychology, advocacy, and community organization. He has committed a considerable part of his career to studying, supporting, and advocating for those with brain issues, especially Alzheimer’s servi...

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Finding Contentment

A Podcast by The American Institute of Stress 

Hosted By William Heckman MS, DAIS, Executive Director AIS

Joining us today are our special guest Linda Penkala


Linda has 34+ years as a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland, and a member of the ABMP professional association.

  Linda’s greatest joy is to help others connect the dots to naturally embrace health and wellness on the road to longevity. As a wellness...

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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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May 1, 2023 56 mins

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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