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The Chill Factory

The Chill Factory

No ‘calming moose milk scrubs’ or ‘finding your truth in crystals’ here, just lots of concrete ways to make your life, work and relationships less stressed and more enjoyable. In each succinct episode, Jordan Friedman, a 25-year pioneer of stress and anxiety management education—including as director of Columbia University’s Health Education Program—talks with compelling experts and provides a variety of rapid relaxers for you, your family and colleagues.

Recent Episodes

June 23, 2022

Play The Long Game (Part 1)

You probably have ideas and dreams about what you want to do and where you want to be in the future, but do you have a long-term plan for getting there? Dorie Clark, author of the new bestseller The Long Game, says you definitely should, and...

June 16, 2022

Am I Really Good Enough?

How much is your progress and happiness dictated by voices in your head telling you that you don't quite have what it takes to realize your ideas and goals? Guest Denise Jacobs raises our awareness of these inner critics, and teaches us ways to quiet...

June 09, 2022

Smarter Stress Reduction (Part 2)

Reducing stress at the White House, a "circular" way to breathe, and wisdom for dealing with today's firehose of stressors, are in Part 2 of Jordan's conversation with stress management guru Brian Luke Seaward. Be sure to listen to Part 1 of Smarter...

June 02, 2022

Smarter Stress Reduction (Part 1)

Wisdom wins the day throughout this two-part conversation with stress management guru Brian Luke Seaward. For the first time since they hung out in college 35 years ago, Luke and host Jordan Friedman chat about everything from the key to effective...

May 26, 2022

Sonic Tonic

It's one of life's greatest artforms and stress reducers. In response to tragic events in the US and other places in need of some pease, this week's guest is music. Before Jordan spins tracks from The Chill Factory app, he reviews a simple checklist...

May 12, 2022

Rockin' Resilience

In this special episode, we talk with Ukrainian rock singer Dima Afanasyev who has been surviving and thriving during unimaginably stressful circumstances. His story, and the stories of many other Ukrainians, are inspiring examples of how to stay...

About the Host

Jordan Friedman, aka The Stress Coach Profile Photo

Jordan Friedman, aka The Stress Coach

Founder and Chief Chill Officer

Stress grabbed my attention when one of the world’s largest brain tumors was discovered in my head shortly after my 10th birthday. A stress-case all the way through college, I reluctantly enrolled in a stress management class that led to much less stress, a degree in public health, a job as Columbia University’s health education director and now a career as a global stress management speaker, trainer and author. For 25-years, I’ve been privileged to help and learn from 9/11 survivors, teachers, CEOs, police officers, incarcerated adults, students and lots of other stressed people who want to be more successful, get better grades, sleep easier and just feel better.

In 2004, I founded The Stress Coach to provide engaging workshops, multimedia webinars, chill apps, online courses and more stress-relief opportunities. The Chill Factory podcast is my latest effort to bring stress relief and better health to the world.

After graduating from the University of Maryland where I took that first stress management class, I moved to peaceful New York City which is where I wrote The Stress Manager’s Manual, co-authored The Go Ask Alice Book Of Answers, and where my great-grandfather invented the reversible garment 100 years ago.

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