I love stress. Well, I love helping people reduce it.

Out of necessity, I likely started turning into The Stress Coach when one of the world’s largest brain tumors was discovered in my head. That was pretty stressful and I eventually had to deal with the near-blindness and lasting vision loss that resulted from it.  A stress-case in 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, school teachers, business executives, NYPD officers, prison inmates, students, cancer patients and lots of other stressed people who want to improve their performance, get better grades, strengthen relationships and just feel better.

From my audiences, clients and research, I am continuously reminded of three things:

  1. A lot of people are really, really stressed
  2. Having ready-to-use strategies is essential for stress reduction
  3. Sustained stress management is possible without relocating to a mountaintop

This is why in 2004 I founded The Stress Coach to provide innovative workshops, multimedia webinars, chill apps, how-to videos, Dot Calm, Go Coastal and more stress-relief opportunities. Whether you are an HR manager, executive coach, campus administrator or an individual looking for help, these offerings prevent and reduce stress that impedes focus, leadership, communication, weight loss, smoking cessation, good sex, sound sleep and just about everything else.

I’d like to give a quick shoutout to Stressbusters, one of our premiere international programs that gives me great pride. It’s a campus and workplace rockstar that’s reducing stress, loneliness, anxiety and overwhelmed feelings for tens-of-thousands of students and staff all year long, including at Harvard, St. John’s, the University of Arizona and now at Colombia’s largest university.

After graduating from the University of Maryland where I took that first stress management class, I moved to New York City because I wanted to live and work in a calm and quiet place. I’m glad that I did; it’s where I earned a graduate degree in public health from NYU and joined Columbia University’s acclaimed wellness team and Go Ask Alice health Q&A website. New York is also 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.

Thank you for your interest and don’t hesitate to say hello.

Jordan Friedman