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Make Stress Your Friend - Episode 2

Make STRESS Your Freind
Today's Episode:

  • Make Stress Your Friend
  • Understanding Stress
  • Identifying stress
  • Reduce your stress
  • Listener feedback

Make Stress Your Friend

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James - American philosopher and psychologist

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
Dr. Hans Selye - Endocrinologist known for his studies of the effects of stress on the human body.

Understanding Stress

Stress, according to the American Psychology Association, (2014) is something that causes tension both physically or mentally. It’s part of our fight or flight response. This is a reaction that happens in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, threat to your survival, or F.E.A.R. (false evidence appearing real).

There are 2 Types of stress:

  • Dis-Stress = Bad Stress is caused by anxiety or even health problems which is called Chronic or long-term stress
  • Eustress = Good Stress is helpful and motivating, which is called Short-term or normal stress, like running in a race, going on  job interview, preparing for a test, or working on your goals and dreams

How do you make stress your friend? You make stress your friend by understanding, identifying, and reducing stress. My goals is to help you make S.T.R.E.S.S.  your friend. In other words, I want to help you become successful through relaxation, empowerment, serenity, and synergy.

Success - Reach your goals or dreams

Through the vehicles

Relaxation - Spend time resting and enjoying yourself

Empowerment - Personal development

Serenity - Freedom from negative thoughts or emotions

Synergy - increase success when two or more people support each other

Identify Your Stress

  • Money: Financial trouble is a common source of stress
  • Health: Aging, diagnosis of a new disease, complications from an existing disease, and undiagnosed symptoms
  • Social Issues: Challenges to your personal, religious, or political beliefs
  • Relationships: Arguments with a spouse, parent, or child; as well as all of the above

4 Ways to Reduce Your Stress

  1. Meditation: Just 15 minutes a day in meditation or prayer could make the difference.
  2. Take a nap: Power naps 17 minutes could make it feel like you slept for 4 hours
  3. Play some relaxing music: Play some music that you find relaxing. I like blues, light jazz or nature sounds (water on the shore is my favorite).
  4. Just breathe: Taking a deep breath helps, just ask any smoker. It’s not the cigarette that is calming but the action of inhaling and exhaling. I don’t recommend smoking. Breathing is the foundation of meditation. Just take three deep cleansing breathes and let go of all the stress.

Listener feedback:

Rich writes: Coffee has been scientifically proven to provide several health benefits such as, increasing mental acuity; increasing your energy level; coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes; fewer cases of certain cancers, and strokes. I just drink it because it kick starts my day, and well ... I am addicted.


Editorial Team. (2010, October 27). Causes of Stress. Healthline Networks, Inc. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://www.healthline.com/health/stress-causes

Empower. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empower

Relaxation. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relaxation

Serenity. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serenity

Stress. (2014, January 1). Psychology Today. Retrieved May 5, 2014, from http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/stress

Synergy. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synergy

Read more quotes about stress at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/stress.html#ziVCkyPRxlcGCXIY.99


Welcome to the Coffee Couch - Episode 1The Coffee Couch Logo

Welcome to the coffee couch! Serving up relaxation one cup at a time!

This podcast and website was inspired by my passions: coffee, hypnosis, and personal development. My goal is to creating positive change through coffee, relaxation, motivation, and creative thinking. I will be covering topics such as stress management, personal development, relationships, and persistence.

Coffee, Relaxation, Motivation, and Creative Thinking! This sounds like a hot mess especially with coffee thrown in the mix. The Coffee that inspired this is Organo Gold, whose mission is to bring the treasures of the Earth to the people of the World. The coffee that pays and a healthier coffee can promote all the above. Having residual income and quick retail money takes off the stress knowing I can breath a little easier. Ganoderma lucidum is the treasure that has many health benefits and I challenge you to research it.

Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Dan Hansen. I've worked in the IT industry for over 30 years doing web design, database development, and currently working on my PhD in Information Management at Walden University. I am a podcaster, writer, public speaker, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and coffee consultant.

What to expect from podcast

I plan to incorporate discussions on topics, interests, or ideas that you want. It would be great to being you as a guest host for an episode too. I'm working on some downloadable's like guided meditations and worksheets. For personal development, I’ll share lessons from the great thinkers, do episodes dedicated to goals (setting, visualization & self-hypnosis), provide tips on writing, and do interviews with amazing guests.

Call to action

Submit a topic that interests you or share your stories about coffee, stress, overcoming obstacles with me at dan@hansenscoffeecouch.com or leave an audio message by clicking on the "Send a Voice Message" button on the right side of the webpage.


Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (from Audible.com)

WantMyCoffee.comThe Coffee That Pays at http://hansenscoffeecouch.com/coffee

The Ganoderma Difference: From the Ground to the Cup
at http://hansenscoffeecouch.com/healthycoffee

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