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Stress is not your enemy

It's the natural way of responding to a threat

Stress is not your enemy, it never has been. Nature built it into you for a reason - it wants you to do better, to be better, to survive and thrive!

And even though you know that you need to make some changes, you way too often choose to ignore the signals, hoping instead that stress simply goes away on its own. 

Unfortunately, nature doesn't work that way. 

You either learn to work with it, or it starts to work against you!

You see, stress has utility, nature built it into you for good reason. 

The problem today is that the view of stress has become totally distorted which leads you to misunderstand the purpose it actually serves.

This course is designed to teach you about how stress is expressed in nature and how you can start using that knowledge to your full advantage. 

Not just to improve your health, but also to lead a much more productive life. 

A life that's in balance and in perfect harmony with nature.

If this sounds like what you need, 

What You Will Gain

  • A step-by- step guide to start getting stressful aspects of your own life back in order

  • An understanding of the role of stress in nature and how that impacts you specifically

  • Simple practical tools and techniques to manage your stress for better health and ultimately happiness

  • A clear way forward to start mastering how you manage stress reflected in addressing basic lifestyle habits

  • The boost you need to get on track and make lifestyle changes, setting you on a path to a healthier and more productive life.

  • Clarity, focus and direction to restore peace of mind, balance and harmony to your life.

What You Will Learn

  • A true reflection of how stress works in nature, how it's often misunderstood and how that applies to you exactly!

  • The impact of stress on your body systems and why that's so important for your health and wellbeing

  • The role of stress plays not only in your health but also in your personal performance

  • What triggers your stress response and what you can do about it

  • Simple tools and techniques to bring your stress into better balance

  • How to use stress to improve your overall health and lifestyle, instead of having it work against you!

This includes a series of videos, activities, quizzes and reflective questions to really deepen your understanding about yourself, your general lifestyle, how stress affects you and how you can bring it all into better balance so you can go one living a healthy and productive life.

What People Say

Reeva Bains

(United Kingdom)

“My Chi Journey is a great platform that provides guidance and opens one's mind to thinking about life in a different way... ”

Alessandra Vallone

(Napoli, Italy)

"One of the hardest challenge for me was questioning myself and finding a way that can help me to live a more balanced yet enthusiastic life. In a few days I have learned more than I had during the past years..."

Tash Pieterse

(Auckland, New Zealand)

"If you're truly open to changing your way of thinking and living, My Chi Journey will be instrumental in starting that journey..."

Rahima Younis

(United Kingdom)

"I came to unlearn and relearn and that is exactly what I left with...."

Aylish Claire

(Rep. of Ireland)

"Michael you have a true talent at making people feel comfortable about sharing. Keep doing what you're doing, your passion for it really shines through..."

Anna Douglas

(United Kingdom)

"I can’t believe how much I got out of this. It completely exceeded my expectations, helped me move forward with my life, and I can’t thank Michael and the team enough...."

Betty Byers

(United States)

"Michael Dahdal has managed to find the perfect environment in which people can awaken their true potential without losing their own self-identity! My experience with My Chi journey has been empowering, I highly recommend to anyone who needs to find the answers within themselves..."

Course Curriculum

What You'll Learn

  • 1


  • 2


    • Mechanics of Stress Overview (Audio)

    • What You Will Cover (Outline)

    • Quick Quiz: Mechanics of Stress Intro

  • 3

    Section 1: Stress in Nature

  • 4

    Section 2: The Physiological Stress Response

    • Physiological Stress Response Overview (Audio)

    • A Stress Animation (Video)

    • Quiz: The Physiological Stress Response

    • Exercise: Slowing Breathing & Heart Rate

    • Tactical Breathing 4-4-4 (Video)

    • P2S2 Reflect: General (Breathing Technique)

  • 5

    Section 3: Primary Functions of Stress

    • Primary Functions of Stress Intro (Audio)

    • Anxiety (Arousal) and Performance Graph (Peak Performance)

    • Quote

    • Quick Quiz

    • A Perfect 10 - Nadia Comaneci, Montreal Olympics 1976 (Video)

    • P2S3 Reflect: General (Peak Performance)

    • Good Stress Vs Bad Stress (Audio)

    • Quiz: Good v Bad Stress

  • 6

    Section 4: Physical Vs Psychological Stress

    • Physical Vs Psychological Stress (Audio)

    • Physiological Effects of Prolonged Psychological Stress

    • Quick Quiz

    • Dr Robert Sapolsky on Stress

    • P2S4 Reflect: Personal Journal

  • 7

    Chapter Summary & Reflections

    • End of Part 2: Chapter Summary & Reflections

    • Summary and Reflections (Audio)

    • P2 Reflect: Personal Journal

    • Bonus Video (If you have some time to kill) (90 minutes)

  • 8


    • Intro to Human Stress Triggers (Audio)

    • What you will cover (outline)

    • Quick Quiz

    • P3S0 Reflect : General

  • 9

    Section 1: Fear & Anxiety

    • Intro to Fear and Anxiety (Audio)

    • Fear & Anxiety in Film

    • Video Clip 1: Karate Kid (Fear)

    • P3S1 Reflect: General (Fear)

    • Video Clip 2: Rocky (Anxiety)

    • P3S1 Reflect: General (Anxiety)

    • Managing Fear and Anxiety (Audio)

    • Video: Conquering Fear (Slaying Your Dragon)

    • P3S1 Reflect: Personal Journal

    • Bonus Video : The Hero's Journey

    • The Symbolic Cave (Reflection)

    • Extra. A Discussion with Joseph Campbell.

    • Quote

  • 10

    Section 2: Stress & Time

    • Intro to Stress and Time (Audio)

    • Why is it so difficult to live in the present?

    • Expand your understanding

    • Time and Human Psychology

    • P3S2 Reflect: General (1)

    • Reconciling Time (Audio)

    • Quick Quiz

    • P3S2 Reflect: General (2)

  • 11

    Section 3: Stress & Personal Control

    • Intro Stress and Personal Control (Audio)

    • Quick Quiz

    • Sphere of Influence (Simple Illustration)

    • Reclaiming Personal Control (Audio)

    • P3S3 Reflect : Personal Journal

    • Bonus Video: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    • Bonus Activity: Create A Circle Of Control Poster

  • 12

    Section 4: Stress & Social Hierarchies

    • Intro to Stress & Social Hierarchies (Audio)

    • Professor Michael Marmot: The Baboons and Us (Video / 2 mins)

    • P3S4 Reflect: General

    • Navigating Social Hierarchies (Audio)

    • Quick Quiz

  • 13

    Section 5: Stress, Ambiguity & Uncertainty

    • Ambiguity and Uncertainty (Audio)

    • Quick Quiz

    • Creating Certainty (Audio)

    • Quick Quiz

    • P3S5 Reflect: Personal Journal

  • 14

    Section 6: Stress & Resolution (Open Loops)

    • Intro to Stress & Resolution (Audio)

    • Zeigarnik Effect: Unfinished Tasks Are Hard To Forget (Video)

    • Quick Quiz

    • Finding Resolution (Audio)

    • Cutting the Cord (Thought Loops)

    • Video: European Vacation (Roundabout)

    • What is your roundabout?

    • Activity

    • P3S6 Reflect: Personal Journal

  • 15

    Section 7: Your attitude to stress & its significance

    • Your Attitude To Stress (Audio)

    • Quick Quiz

    • Video Intro

    • The Athletes Mind

    • Video Reflections

    • Shifting Your Attitude (Audio)

    • P3S7 Reflect: Personal Journal

    • Quote

    • P3S7 Reflect : General (Quote)

  • 16

    Section 8: Strategies for better harnessing stress

    • Strategies for Harnessing Stress (a summary)

    • P3S8 Reflect: Personal Journal

    • Quote

  • 17


    • Introduction to Part 4

    • Activity 1: Identifying Your Fears

    • Activity 2: Conquering Time

    • Activity 3 : Spheres of Influence

    • Activity 4: Clarity & Direction

    • Activity 5: Resolution

    • P4 Reflect : Final Thoughts

    • Record Audio (Course Completed)

    • Final Comments From Michael (Audio)

    • Now. Go get at it!

  • 18

    Conclusion + Next Steps

    • Review Survey


Michael Dahdal (Founder My Chi Journey)

Founder (My Chi Journey)

Michael Dahdal

Michael is an Australian and the founder of My Chi Journey. He is a strong advocate for nature and simplicity holding the answers to many of the modern world's great challenges. A graduate with a Bachelors in Applied Science and a Masters Degree in Education he holds over two decades of experience working in international development, sports and education globally. He brings a unique approach to integrating a range of disciplines to addressing everyday real-life challenges.

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