Holiday Guide | Drink to your health

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 Lemonadefress cherry lemonade

  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted, plus whole cherries for garnish
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • Lemon slices for garnish

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Citrus Tea Punch

Photo by Jan Smith

Photo by Jan Smith

♠ Great for holiday entertaining.

  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 family-sized tea bags
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) can thawed lemonade concentrate, undiluted
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices (optional)

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Iced Espresso

  • 1/2 cup ground espresso coffee beans
  • 2 cup boiling water
  • White sugar, to taste
  • 2 liters vanilla ice-cream

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Photo by Louise Lister

Photo by Louise Lister


Apple and Mint Ice Tea

   

Photo by Michelle Young

Photo by Michelle Young

  • 1/4 cup shredded mint
  • 3 peppermint teabags
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1.25L chilled clear apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 apple, chopped

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Choc-banana Energy Shake

Photo by Mark O'Meara

Photo by Mark O’Meara

  • 1 tablespoon Milo powder
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 medium banana, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons traditional oats
  • 6 ice cubes

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

Jie. X.

Solution | These apps can help you fight with post-holiday syndrome

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.

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Finance

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.

      Interfaces with your bank accounts for easy planning, management and bills payment.


Health and Fitness

Another are for concern after holidays is our health. We can address this through eating, exercise and a few changes in habits.

Nike+ Training Club
  • Help you track your progress, stay motivated and train better.
Pocket Yoga
  • Mobile instructor for yoga pose.
My Fitness Pal
  • Helps you keep track of the calories you consume day to day.

Productivity

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.

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  •      Great task manager app
  •      Enable geo-location reminders
  •      Helps you plan your day with a two-minute outline each morning
TimeTune Schedule Planner
  • Time management based on routines and suitable for everyone who values their
  • Attractive custom tags feature
  • Routine statistics to analyze and improve your distribution of time

Jie. X.

Interview | Overall feedback for compagin

As I already had 2 interviews with uni students about our topic and we have a lot content for compaign page for now, so this time I ask my friend her opinions, like what she think about our compaign as a whole?

Hi, Rosa. I know you followed and left comments on our compaign page, so what do you think of it now?

Rosa: Overall, I think you guys make a good compaign. You share a lot of useful information and achieve the goal of rasing awarness.

What kind of content do you prefer to look at?

Rosa: tips! The tips are pretty straigtforward and works well for me.

What kind of content do you think is probably uncessary?

Rosa: Eh, maybe the definations.  I mean, defination is good for people who have no idea about this term, but I already know it so…

Xinru. H.

Holiday Guide | Shopping websites EP3

Continue with the shopping websites I shared before. This time I search for more websites from cosmetics, skincare, clothing and bags to share.

  1. Brands exclusive – https://brandsexclusive.com.au/ It is a shopping website that includes large amounts of brands acorss clothing, bags, beauty, jewellery, living and warehouse.                                                lllllscentskin          screenshot from brands exclusive
  2. All beauty – http://www.allbeauty.com/ contains wide range of cosmetics, skincare, perfume, etc. The autumn sale starts now which is up to 75% off. Free shipping over 100$.                                                                 allar       screenshot from allbeauty

Xinru. H.

Workout | Holiday workout guide

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

Photography by Stefano Montagner on Flickr

Cardio Workouts

     Low-intensity cardio workout
  • Walking; jogging; running
  • Best way to burn fat
     High-intensity cardio workout
  • Swimming; sprinting
  • 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.

Strength Training Workouts

Remember to workout, keep healthy on holiday. You can possibly lower the risk of getting overweight and stressed for irregular routine after holiday.

Jie. X.

Video collection | Post-holiday reactions

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


Post-trip Depression

Diagnosed symptoms:

  • 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.


Tips sharing

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.
  • Prepare for next 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.

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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!

Jie. X.