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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

September 22, 2022


What are you looking forward to? If you can’t easily answer, research says you should plan things to look forward to because positive anticipation of events can make you happier and less stressed. Jordan Friedman talks with psychology professor...

July 28, 2022

Best of The Chill Factory (Vol. 2)

Ah-ha moments can shift the way we think and live. This second collection of clips from past episodes of The Chill Factory is full of them thanks to our compelling guests who talk about essential balance, chill leadership, imposter syndrome, real-time...

July 21, 2022

A Road Trip to Happier

Do you ever feel like dropping everything and getting away—maybe creating an easier, happier way of living and working? And if you can't actually do that, how can you get away and get more satisfied without going very far? Guest, author and current...

July 14, 2022

Are You Highly Sensitive?

Does noise bother you? Are you really empathetic and compassionate? Do you have trouble making decisions? If you're saying, "Yes," you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). So what? Guest Clare Kumar says being a HSP has big benefits and big...

July 07, 2022

Play The Long Game (Part 2)

Like no time in recent history, many are considering work, location, lifestyle and other changes fueled by unprecedented opportunities to do so. Guest and author of The Long Game Dorie Clark says there’s something you should do to help insure your...

Especially For Leaders

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...

Especially For Leaders

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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