Why March break and relaxation are not enough to return to work or school refreshed?

March break

People often look at me funny when I tell them a vacation will not change how they experience stress. We have all been programmed to think that vacation will remedy all that we have been experiencing.

March break is a much-anticipated time for many people, especially those in the education sector, to take a break from their daily routine and recharge. It is a time to relax, have fun, and engage in leisure activities that may not be possible during the rest of the year.

However, while this break can provide temporary relief, it may not be enough to return to work refreshed, particularly in light of the ongoing stress and uncertainty that many individuals have experienced over the past year.

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One approach that can help individuals build resilience and cope with stress is the HeartMath method.

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The HeartMath method is based on the idea that the heart has its own intelligence, which can influence the brain and other bodily systems. By learning to regulate one’s heart rate variability (HRV) through techniques such as heart-focused breathing, individuals can reduce stress and improve their ability to manage challenging situations.

HeartMath also emphasizes the importance of positive emotions such as gratitude and compassion, which can help build resilience and enhance well-being.

However, building resilience is not just about learning new techniques or tools. It also involves creating a supportive environment that enables individuals to thrive. This means taking care of physical and emotional health, cultivating positive relationships, and fostering a sense of purpose and meaning in one’s life.


These factors can help individuals bounce back from setbacks, adapt to change, and maintain a positive outlook even in the face of adversity.

Therefore, while taking a break during March break can be beneficial for relaxation, it is important to also focus on building resilience through practices such as the HeartMath method, as well as by creating a supportive environment. By doing so, individuals can not only return to work feeling refreshed but also better equipped to manage stress and maintain well-being over the long term.

What are you doing to build resilience on this March Break if you are taking one?

If you would like to know more about how to get started in building resilience, Book a call in my calendar.

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