426: Learning to Manage Your Stress From an Army Veteran

Welcome to Success Road Podcast. Today’s episode features Brent Magnussen. Brent is an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an accomplished cook, a speaker, and the author of the book Roger Up: The Mission Ready Blueprint to Crush the Morning, Own the Day, and Be the Best Version of You

Brent is also one of the board members of the Resilient Warrior Foundation which serves United States veterans, and first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress. This organization provides scholarships to study the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu in the Academy of their choice, anywhere in the United States. Brent is a veteran and also an avid practitioner of Brazilian jiu jitsu. 

Benefits of Brazillian Jiu-jitsu  

When someone is a member of the military, you are constantly in high stress situations. From the first day an individual arrives at basic training, people are screaming at you at four in the morning to get up and do a bunch of pushups. And they’re spraying you with hoses and whatever else. Not to mention the verbal assault you take for a couple of months. As a result, individuals learn very quickly how to deal with stress. Once you’ve been in the military for an extended period of time, you get used to it. Then, when you leave the military, you’re no longer in a constant state of stress. Many people have trouble coping with the difference in lifestyles. 

What Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu does is it provides you the opportunity to use stress in a safe environment. This allows the veteran to relearn how to manage stress. When you go through hard situations, you learn how to manage them. This approach transfers over into your work life, into your relationships, and into everything you do. You learn how to become a better person, and you get your confidence back.  

A Real Life Example

Brent mentioned his daughter is nine years old. And when she gets older, she’s very likely going to be a smaller person as her Mom is five foot tall. I don’t think Emma’s going to be much over five foot, four or five foot five, 105 pounds. And God forbid, someone, some guy tries to attack her or hurt her.

Since she has been trained in jiu-jitsu, she’s going to know exactly what to do. When she’s on her back and having to deal with an aggressive person, she’s going to know what to do. When a bully confronts her, she’s going to know how to use her words first, because she’s going to have that extreme confidence that if it does get physical, it doesn’t matter if. 

Establishing A Morning Routine

 Brent came up with the Zero Five Thirty Blueprint. First, he gets up at 5:30. He says the key is getting up at the same time every morning. He says to never use the snooze button. The first thing he does is smile. Then he does a hundred pushups. He smiles because it tricks his body and gives him the right mindset. Then he gets up and makes the bed. Then he drinks sixteen ounces of room temperature water. Next he does some quick diaphragm breathing and goes for a walk. And after his walk, he takes a cold shower. 

In the rest of the podcast, Brent shares more information about Brazillian jiu-jitsu, morning routines, the benefits of water, and more. I encourage you to listen to the entire podcast. Special thanks to Brent for being on Success Road.