Even typing the title for this post had me smiling! It was definitely crucial for me to include the fact that these stress relief tips come from my wonderful husband, because I am not particularly qualified to offer stress relief advice at this point! Perhaps someday. 😉
My husband Bjorn is such a “steady Eddy,” something I am consistently noticing and am grateful for! To have someone like him in my life has been an incredible blessing. Bjorn doesn’t stress the way that many people so often refer to – your stomach in knots, your mind swirling at night when you’d rather sleep… Since we’ve been married, I’ve begun to pick up on the major stress relief strategies (big and small) that my husband incorporates into his life. Here they are:
4 Stress Relief Strategies From My Husband
1 // Don’t catastrophize. This one is huge. The army has something called MRT (Master Resilience Training) in which they discuss this phrase. Catastrophizing refers to mulling over the worst possible scenarios that could happen, and entertaining them as viable situations that could occur. One of the biggest things I tend to do is play the “What if?” game. “What if that actually happens tomorrow at work – then what will I do? And then what will happen next?” It can become a mess of circular thinking very rapidly if we don’t stay in control of our imagination.
2 // Stretch. I was in ballet, but in my day-to-day life, I am quite possibly the world’s worst stretcher. When people recommend a stand-and-stretch break during a meeting, I really don’t even try. 🙂 But my husband is so great at this! He has mastered the art of a true, relaxation-inducing stretch and I am truly jealous of it. He wouldn’t say that it is something he consciously does, but I’m convinced that stretching is yet another facet of Bjorn’s stress relief strategies that I should take to heart.
3 // Practice contentment. Bjorn rarely ever finds himself wishing for what he does not have. Is he ambitious? Yes, very much so!! He is one of the most ambitious people I’ve ever met! But he is extremely self-disciplined to the point of waking up cheerfully each day, working hard, and then coming home (often after teaching all day and farming during the afternoon and evening) with a smile on his face. He knows the goals he has for the future and he knows that this is how we get there! Whenever I check in with him and ask, “Are you happy, Bear?” (that’s his nickname), the answer is always “Yep! Why shouldn’t I be?” His spirit of contentment runs so deep that it takes a lot to shake him from living a daily life of gratitude.
4 // Have faith. My husband and I took a spiritual gifts survey in which my top gift was Discernment (striving to make sure that truth is represented accurately) and Bjorn’s top gift was Faith. Now, that seemed a little self-explanatory for a spiritual gifts survey, but delving into the survey’s deeper definition of the gift of Faith brought about this point: the spiritual gift of Faith doesn’t refer to saving faith (believing what Jesus Christ did for you and what that means for your life and eternity), but it actually refers to trust, certainty, and confidence in God and His works. Bjorn and I have discussed this countless times – he trusts God and God’s plan for us wholeheartedly, and then steps out in confidence that God will act and be glorified through any given situation. This is the most important point to me. Having certainty, assurance, and confidence in God, no matter the circumstance, can be hugely impactful in our daily life.
Do you struggle to remain stress-free, or are you more like my husband? What are your stress relief tips? Please do share! 🙂
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