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.



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.


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.

  •      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.

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 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.

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 | Where can I go for help?

If you reckon you are deficient in self-health care or common psych knowledge, I strongly encourage you to check out following websites. Don’t forget to bookmark it if it really works for you!

1. Psych Centeral


The Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Provides mental health information as well as annotated guides to the most useful online resources every day in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry. You can get an overview of different conditions through drop-down list. Therapy Q&A and blog are in Experts column. There are a bunch of psychological quizzes free for test or self-diagnose as well.

2. WebMD


Web health community, aim for providing credible information, in-depth reference materials on health care, enable members to share opinions, experience and ask for experts’ help. You can get access to a wide range of news articles and information under different categories. If you want more specific and expert, go to exports blog and do a refine search.

3. Help from UNSW


You can make a counseling appointment if you think you do need a help from uni support. Depression and low mood are in mental wellbeing; of course you can click into other tabs and links and see how this service works for students.

Jie. X.