Happy Friday! It’s time to have a short break and refresh your body with some healthy, easy-made iced drinking. Replace those sugary sodas and alcohol drinks, cool down your summer time with these delicious healthy drink recipes!
Fresh Cherry Lemonade
2 cups sweet cherries, pitted, plus whole cherries for garnish
When holidays are over, this usually means starting the year or semester with a few resolutions. Although the period after holiday session could be a time of post-holiday blue, we still love holidays. Are you an avid smartphone user? Here are some apps for you to help fight with post-holiday syndrome.
The holidays are usually when people go on spending binges. When holidays over, you have to take stock of your finances to make sure you are not staring the new life in red.
Helps you keep track of the calories you consume day to day.
If you slacked off on work during the holidays, then this is the time to shape up. It might take few days or weeks to bring things back to normal life. But we still need to go through the steps and organize your routine.
Holidays are the best time to indulge — recovery sleeping, dining out, over drinking and less moving. It’s totally understandable that we all want more rests, more entertainments on holiday, but it’s a good idea to keep moving and do some exercise especially when you’re eat more than usual. If you don’t want to do any particular workout, here’s a guide on fitandfabliving.com for you to help you ease stressed feeling from irregular and unhealthy routine.
Photography by Stefano Montagner on Flickr
Low-intensity cardio workout
Walking; jogging; running
Best way to burn fat
High-intensity cardio workout
Burns more fat, but keep your metabolism going strong
Your body keeps burning fat
The most effective way
Add high-intensity intervals to normal routine.
1min full-speed running + 1min walking to rest, continue doing 1min intervals for 20mins.
We’re all familiar with those back-to-work, post-holiday syndrome, and they make you sick and annoyed. This post is a collection of people’s reaction when holiday is over. Some of them are really funny and you’ll feel like they are describing your feelings. So let’s watch it!
Post-holiday complaint after Christmas
“Depression kicks in.”
Promotion ad from Ritual’s cosmetic
Though I don’t want to keep that post-holiday feelings, it’s an interesting way for promotion and attraction.
Episode 1: Urban Scuba Diving
Episode 2: Amsterdam Beach
I don’t wanna go home. I don’t wanna end my trip. BUT you have to.
Feeling tired, don’t want to move.
Ignoring your suitcase, don’t want to pack up.
Reminiscing the highlight during holiday.
Longing to be back on holiday.
I’m feeling SO BLUE.
It’s a bit long video since the blogger was talking about her story, her personal experience during the holiday. But the tips are pretty useful and here’s the summarized doc point:
Do some cleaning, open up a new beginning.
Throw a party, get something to look forward to.
Re-sensitizing yourself and home, bring back good feelings.
Dining out is one of the most fun aspects of holiday, but it can get expensive and exhausting. If you don’t want to get too stressful for your holiday expense and worried about feel blue when face boring meals after holiday, try some easy-made meals during your break! Here are some recipes on oprah.com.
Fresh, Crispy Chicken Salad
Photo: Erin Kunkel
Grated zest and juice of 2 limes
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup olive oil
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups (12 oz) fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears of corn, grilled if desired)
2 cups (12 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
4 canned green chilies, chopped
1 cup (8 fl oz) corn oil
4 corn tortillas, each 6 inches in diameter, halved
1 small head romaine lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups (3/4 lb.) shredded cooked chicken meat
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Fresh cilantro leaves and sliced green onion for garnish (optional)
I still remember my father always asked me to make plans for summer/winter holiday when I was young. Probably you may have heard many times why you should do that, how important to make schedules, but you don’t really believe or to say it doesn’t work that effectively as you thought.
I planned a 4-days trip to Gold Coast and Brisbane at early mid break. It sounds a bit crazy to do this at my busiest period. I’m super busy with studies and assignments in my final semester at uni these days. I’ve got tests to prepare and several projects and group works due right after the holiday. But I do want to give myself some break, and I’ve planned that trip since last semester.
I know I must do the schedule and stick to it; otherwise I will get much stressed and feel clueless when I’m back. Although it wasn’t a long journey, I still hit by post-trip feelings. Good thing is that constrain on schedule helps me figure out what should I do, which work should I start with.
TO DO LIST
Sep 25 SYD to Gold Coast
Sep 26 Gold Coast
Sep 27 Brisbane & Gold Coast
Sep 28 Gold Coast to SYD
Sep 29 GENS9005 group meeting
Sep 30 GENS9005 script; shopping
Oct 1 MDIA3004 trailer editing
Oct 2 MDIA3004 presentation shooting/editing
Oct 3 MDIA3004 presentation shooting/editing
Oct 4 MDIA3004 presentation finish editing
Oct 5 MDIA3005 test preparation, blog
So this was how my schedule looks like. Not much in details but with all works that I need to do on it. I gave myself four days at early break to enjoy the holiday; then one to two days to adjust the post-trip blue and get ready to work in later break. That gives me enough time and steps to adjust from holiday mode to normal routine.
If you are not living with the habit of making schedule, I encourage you make some plans for your holiday, including trips and post-trip. You can divide it into periods and give yourself some time for adjustment instead of having it in one go. That really helps to relieve from post-holiday syndrome!
Travel is always one of the top three choices for holiday plan. It’s time to give yourself some reward for hardworking days, and push you into the space you haven’t known much about it before. It should be fun and excited except some unpleasurable moments might occur accidentally. However, you will notice that the hardest moment during journey is returning home. The adjustment of back to normality is so difficult, maybe you feel like suffer more from post-holiday syndrome.
Balcony view from Crown Plaza, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Photo by me
I was chatting with my sister in early afternoon about her trip to Maldives last week. She had a fabulous travel and much enjoyable time. It was a New Year plan and she finally made it come true. I can see her happiness from all her posts during the journey, and I know she is going through the tough time after vacation right now. The first few days in journey are full of excitement and new experience. You met with new people, tasted and smelled food you can’t identify. You might see the views from internet or photograph before, but now they are presenting in front of your eyes, and you are able to capture this moment on your own. As time pasts and you know it’s time to end up the trip, but definitely don’t want to leave and back to normal life. Gradually, you will find tiredness coming from all directions, and getting a little nostalgic when you return home.
Screenshot of my friend’s holiday status
My sister said she started work at night when was back. That is so crazy! She doesn’t even give herself a break to adjust tiredness and routine, but jumps into two extremely different life modes. She still dreamed the beach and sea at nights. She’s trying to quickly adjust to normality but still find quite hard.
If you are planning trips for holiday, I suggest you make it at early beginning in order to give yourself some time to adjust your normal routine after trip. Because you would possibly experience double post-holiday blues from trip and post-trip.