I practice a concept called Low Stress Handling at the feed yard. This animal handling philosophy is based on understanding how a calf thinks and using that as a basis for cattle handling and care. I am constantly looking for ways to set my animals up for success by reducing the amount of stress that they must deal with.
There are many times when I am convinced that I do a better job with my animals than Matt and I do with our selves. Every once in a while Matt will look at me and say, “Why do I ALWAYS have to be the responsible adult?” Those times are usually at the end of a long day that was riddled with equipment problems, huge volatile market swings, and uncooperative weather…Add in trying to stay in compliance with federal government regulations, manage employees, and operate a business and the thought of going back to high school sometimes sounds pretty darn attractive.
There have been times this summer where our mental fitness has required “getting away” for a few hours. The psychologist in me recognizes that this is vitally important even though my Type A personality resists taking time off…The strain that I repeatedly saw in my husband’s face this summer motivated the girls and I to kidnap him and head to a lake about 10 miles south of town each Sunday afternoon.
Matt finds release while he water skies. He is really amazing to watch. He not only can still almost touch his shoulder to the water as he cuts back and forth (not bad for someone who turns 41 tomorrow!), but he also does a strange type of water skiing yoga…
There is just something about this sight that makes both Matt and the girls and I laugh. That laughter helps to refuel us and give us hope that tomorrow will bring good times. Although I also enjoy water skiing, I am no where near as talented as my hubby is.
How do you manage the stress in your life?