Fact | Depression doesn’t define me

This is what people with depression want you to know.

I understand a lot people suffering from depression, so I share this video showing how depression people really thinks and how they get through this.

Xinru. H.


Holiday Recipes | Easy-made meals on holidays

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

Photo: Erin Kunkel

Lime vinaigrette:

  • 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)

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/Chicken-Tostada-Salad-Recipe#ixzz3ob5mrbWf

Double Cheese and Ham Quiche

  • 1 1/3 cups cracker or tortilla chip crumbs (about 1 sleeve of crackers)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk

    Photo: Christopher Baker

    Photo: Christopher Baker

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon or honey mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese (about 1/4 pound), divided
  • 1 cup chopped ham (about 5 ounces)
  • 4 scallions, roughly chopped

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/Double-Cheese-and-Ham-Quiche-Recipe#ixzz3obAdDB20

Penne with Tuna, Plum Tomatoes and Black Olives

  • Salt
  • 3 ounces penne (or fusilli or shell pasta)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

    Photo: Dana Gallagher

    Photo: Dana Gallagher

  • 1 small onion or fat shallot , thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic , peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 large, ripe plum tomatoes (about 7 ounces), cut into rough chunks
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine
  • 2 1/2 to 3 ounces canned tuna in olive oil
  • 10 Italian or Greek black olives , pitted and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/Penne-with-Tuna-Plum-Tomatoes-and-Black-Olives#ixzz3obB4UC69

Remember to eat healthy, keep healthy on holiday. You can possibly lower the risk of getting overweight and anorexia after holiday.

Jie. X.

Experience | How scheduling has relieved my post-holiday symptoms

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.


  • 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!

Jie. X.

Fact | Post-holiday blue is normal

Don’t be so worried if you feel depressed over this week. An adviser for beyondblue, Associate Professor Michael Baigent, says it’s no surprise that people find themselves feeling flat when their holidays are over.

”It’s a normal thing,” he says.

”In the holidays, people put into the day many, many more pleasurable activities than they would in routine days.

”So when you stop doing these things, people notice.

”Routine days are filled with activities that are necessary, or part of day-to-day business, and while they can give you a sense of achievement, the amount of pleasure you get from these activities is not great.”

Read the following part in the following link:


Xinru. H.

Experience | Does trip worsen 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 status

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.

Jie. X.

Solution | Tips for coping with post-holiday syndrome


People usually put many more pleasurable activities into holiday schedule than they would in routine days. When these entertaining moments going off and you are back to your boring, busy, stressful working days, you will probably being stuck around by post-holiday blues for few weeks after the break. Here are some tips for you to getrid of the sucks feeling.

1.  Face the reality.5456802728_e307e3e53f_

“Time flies when you are having fun”, but you have to face the general shock and admit your holiday is over. Do not give yourself excuse for immersing in holiday mode for extra time. Cheer up and stay positive. Holidays are a break from life, looking forward to the little everyday things in life can also be fun.

2. Have something to looking forward to.

Take the advantages of college students. You have more breaks and vacations than working people. Stretch out your travel plans and other big events to a year-around schedule. Go and see some exhibitions or performance at weekends can also make you feel relaxed.


3. Make some notes and plans.


If you are not living with the habit of regularly checking to do list, you do need to leave yourself some catch-up notes before go on holiday. Otherwise, you will feel clueless when you back – where was I up to? Where should I start from?

4. Make a prior adjustment period before back to work.


Slowly get back into routine one thing at a time. Turn off the holiday mode few days before back to your routine day. Give yourself some time to adjust the rhythm. You can easily start with changing alarm settings and fill out the schedule for coming up weeks.

5. Keep being around people.

Stay connected with families and friends, getting out and attending uni events where other people interact with you. You can possibly find some others hit by post-holiday syndrome. Go and talk to them that helps rescue you from sucks feeling.


Jie. X.

Solution | Beat the post-holiday blue

Last week we had the mid-semester break, I suppose most of people had great fun but this week we went back to uni, how do you feel? Many of my classmates say they feel depressed and unhappy, same results also showed in our post-holiday syndrome awarness survey 2. So here I want to share a video talking about how to beat post-holiday blues. Hope this can help.