Episode 95: Stressproof with Susan Choi

Susan Choi smiling with her arms crossed. Stressproof your life.

So, um, I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find being an independent business owner pretty fucking stressful. It’s a lot of work and I’m the bottom line and Oh My Gosh, why is Mercury Retrograde out to personally get me today? Y’feel me?

This week, I am so excited (or maybe relieved?) to be talking to Susan Choi. Susan is a high-performance stress management coach. Formerly a successful management consultant for Fortune 100 companies, Susan found her calling when she hit a wall of depression, anxiety, and adrenal fatigue, despite having a “perfect life” on paper. In her journey to heal herself and change her life, she found her passion for teaching others how to take control of their stress and live healthier, happier lives.

Susan takes us to the real roots of our stress and shows us how to take responsibility for our experiences. Turns out, we can’t control everything around us! We can’t run away from our stress or distract ourselves out of it. The only thing we can do is to connect with ourselves, feel our feelings, and take control of our thoughts. This may feel like a hard pill to swallow for some, but it gives us incredible power. 

Did you know that 95% of the thoughts we think in one day are the same exact thoughts we thought the day before? What does that mean for us, when we find ourselves cycling in our stress? Are you stuck in the story? Or are you in Facts Land? In this episode, Susan explains how our uncomfortable thoughts and feelings are trying to help us and she gives us real tools to redirect that energy into thoughts and practices that actually do help. She even does a live example, by putting me on the spot to talk about some stress I have been carrying, which totally didn’t make me feel vulnerable at all.

Join us this week to flex your mental muscles, practice failure, feel your fucking feelings, and think better thoughts (even if you’re an air sign/INTJ and that sounds terrible. I swear, it’s gonna be worth it).

Show Notes:

1:17– Susan’s journey from corporate stress-case to Stressproof coach.

9:32– First steps toward taking responsibility for your stress.

12:28– Live examples! Susan talks Sarah through a stress story and tells one of her own.

26:22– The Steps: Bringing awareness to our feelings and choosing to think better thoughts.

32:13– How Susan applies these tools to her own life.

Stressproof Podcast 

Susan’s 3 part video series on how to manage stress the right way!

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