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.

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.

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

Salad:

  • 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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.
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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.