Last month I mentioned how excited I was for the upcoming Miramar Air Show, and it was phenomenal as always.  I was in awe, though, of the hundreds of people involved in creating this amazing event for about 500,000 spectators over the 3- day period.  My hat goes off to all those Marines that worked so hard to make this event safe, educational, and very entertaining for all, while having a great attitude and acting like this was something they did every day.  

Here's a smoke ring from a bomb dropped and a picture showing how close I was to the flight line





Use the Power of Taking Breaks to Recharge and Thrive

In our fast-paced society, we often find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of constant activity, just like the iconic Energizer Bunny® that keeps on going. We work tirelessly, sometimes even neglecting our well-deserved vacation time. Our schedules are jam-packed with one commitment after another. But here's the thing: taking breaks, whether they're short moments to just pause or extended vacations, is crucial for our overall well-being.

Taking regular breaks not only helps prevent burnout but also contributes to improved mental health, reducing the risk of stress-related illnesses that often-come hand in hand with an "endless hustle" attitude. Breaks can also lead to fresh perspectives and innovative ideas, acting as a delightful reward for our hard work—a pause that revitalizes us.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, drained, or lacking energy, it's a clear sign that you need a break. Here are three practices to help you renew, recharge, and refresh:

  1. Move and Stretch: If your day primarily consists of sitting at a desk or staying in one spot, make it a habit to get up and move around for a few minutes several times a day. Stretch your body to relieve tension. Health experts consistently warn us that remaining sedentary for too long increases the risk of health issues like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, taking short breaks to look away from your computer screen can provide a much-needed break for your eyes and mind, as recommended by the Mayo Clinic.

On the other hand, if you're running yourself ragged, whether it's chasing after kids or maintaining a hectic pace, carve out a half-hour for a nap or some rest and relaxation. Even athletes understand the significance of rest after intense workouts, as it allows the body to repair and rejuvenate.

  1. Take a Day Off: Don't wait until you dread waking up in the morning to take action. Take a mental health day now and then. Engage in activities that recharge your spirit, whether it's indulging in a bubble bath, getting lost in a book, going for an invigorating hike, or enjoying a lunch with friends. The key is to take a break before you reach a point of illness, depression, or overwhelming stress.
  2. Plan a Vacation: Whether you have a week or a month of vacation time each year, make the most of it. Even if a full-blown vacation isn't feasible, consider a "stay-cation" or "play-cation" in your home or city. According to Karen Matthews from the University of Pittsburgh's Mind-Body Center, engaging in various leisure activities not only enhances your enjoyment of life but can also have positive effects on your health and stress levels.

Ultimately, it's up to you to recognize when it's time to step away from your job or regular routine. Taking breaks, big or small, is essential to keeping your motivation and zest for life alive. If you want to be your own version of the Energizer Bunny, remember even the Bunny get new batteries from time to time. 


"Every now and then, go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer." --- Unknown. 


Many of you know that I spent a good portion of my work life in the escrow industry.  The last few years I have been a director for the San Diego County Escrow Association.  I am honored to announce that I will again be the President of the Association for the year 2024. It's been quite a few years since I held that position, however, I will be serving with an amazing group of ladies as my officers and directors.  The moral of that story is you can never really leave escrow.


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Coach Jan  

Jan Cerasaro
Jan Cerasaro Coaching