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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.
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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.
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!
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.
“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.
The first week after your enjoyable holiday really sucks. You had enough sleep, tasty food and drinks and fun trips on holidays to make up the loss in working days. But now you are back to your boring busy weekdays again. You may leave this mess to time, and think it goes away with time. But I strongly encourage you to face this syndrome and help yourself out. Here are four reasons about why should I care about post-holiday syndrome?
1. All of us get that sucks feeling, you can’t avoid it.
Very few people feel that they are not hit by post-holiday blues, this probably happens because they are less suffered and couldn’t tell whether the blue mood comes from post-holiday or daily routine. You know the difference between holidays and working days, and you will find it’s hard to make yourself stop thinking the fun moments.
2. Try to make things better, instead of sitting there and doing nothing.
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People usually share their moods and feelings with families, friends and on internet. If you are not feeling good, go to talk, get some music and food. Be positive, try to do something can cheer you up. Don’t let yourself stuck in mess!
Tiredness, less motivated depression; these post-holiday symptoms can possibly trigger and bring more side effects in normal routine. Laziness and sleepy make you feel less focused at work and study; overeating causes anorexia and other health problems. Get the rid of vicious circle before worse things coming up!
4. Good for health.
Although it is normally for people to experience post-holiday syndrome, this can’t be a reason to indulge yourself. Read some articles, be organized get some information and tips. This is always good for you, both physically and mentally.
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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.
Let’s start with the core question: what is post-holiday syndrome? If you think you are not familiar with particular term, then just recall the feeling of back to work after your holiday. You will probably want to stay in holiday mode for a while, become less motivated, and don’t want to work. There’s a paragraph quote summarizes the particular post-holiday feeling among college students, and we’ve got some phases up in the left corner describes major symptoms during their adjustment period.
Following are some general questions for you to do an easy, self-rating on post-holiday syndrome awareness.
Have you ever heard about ‘post-holiday syndrome’?
How familiar are you with this syndrome?
When you think of this symptom, what words/feelings come to mind?
Have you ever searched any tips for avoiding and how to cope with post-holiday syndrome before symptoms occur?
What did you do when you suffer from post-holiday syndrome?
There’s a formal survey we created online, which covers some questions above. It’s about your experience with post-holiday syndrome and how you feel about this aspect in life.
Take this speedy quiz, share your thoughts with us!