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.

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.

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.

Fact | Post-holiday syndrome: Why should I care?

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.
Student in a library surrounded by piles of books

Photography by UGL_UIUC on Flickr

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!

3. Rescue you before things getting worse.

Photography by Lindsay Clark © THINK Global School on Flickr

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.

Photography by Vincent Noel on Flickr

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.

Survey | How much do you know about post-holiday syndrome?

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.

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Following are some general questions for you to do an easy, self-rating on post-holiday syndrome awareness.

  1. Have you ever heard about ‘post-holiday syndrome’?
  2. How familiar are you with this syndrome?
  3. When you think of this symptom, what words/feelings come to mind?
  4. Have you ever searched any tips for avoiding and how to cope with post-holiday syndrome before symptoms occur?
  5. 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!

Click HERE to start off.

Jie. X.