Tips on how to stay relaxed for a long time after the holidays

The summer holidays are over – and with them the annual vacation for most Germans. Unfortunately, many returnees quickly let themselves be overwhelmed by everyday stress: work is piling up in the office, the children need help with their homework and the lawn doesn’t mow itself. Now it’s time to take active countermeasures so that the recovery effect doesn’t fade as quickly as the suntan.

Remember and switch off

To make everyday life less stressful, you should take short breaks regularly. “The stress level drops significantly if you take a quarter of an hour every day just for yourself,” advises psychologist Frank Meiners from the DAK. A souvenir from the holiday, for example a shell or music from the travel destination, helps to indulge in beautiful memories and also to switch off at home.

“Holidays are important for body and soul, because we take the days off from the stress of everyday life,” explains Meiners. At home, small escapes help to prevent feelings of overload and tension. Life is more relaxed and the diverse tasks and demands of everyday life can be mastered more easily.

Healthy holiday cuisine

Mediterranean cuisine tastes of sun and sea. Typical Mediterranean dishes are not only delicious, but also healthy: “Lots of fresh vegetables, fish and olive oil have a positive effect on the metabolism,” says Hanna-Kathrin Kraaibeek, qualified ecotrophologist and nutritionist at DAK. “A vitamin-rich, low-fat and balanced diet Diet reduces the risk of  developing high blood pressure  or  diabetes  . Those who prepare low-fat Mediterranean recipes live healthier.”

Aromatic herbs, fresh  lemons  and  garlic  smell like vacation and stimulate appetite and digestion. “Healthy Mediterranean cuisine allows you to enjoy without regrets,” explains Kraaibeek. “It strengthens the body’s defenses and thus helps to survive the onset of the cold season unscathed.”

Keep good intentions

The holidays offer plenty of time for sporting activities such as jogging, swimming or  yoga . Even if there is less time for these activities in everyday life, you should not let the good resolutions come to nothing, but stay active even after the holiday. Excessive demands are counterproductive: It is best to only take on as much as you can realistically manage. Because those who consistently implement their plans live happier.

“Half an hour of exercise twice a week is enough to increase well-being in the long term,” explains DAK sports expert Uwe Dresel. “Regular, gentle exercise is good for relaxing the body and staying healthy. This stimulates the metabolic processes. Sporting balance provides new energy and a higher ability to concentrate.”

Care for body and soul

Sun and sea water stress skin and hair. An extra day of care after the holiday is therefore doubly recommended: face masks relax stressed skin and provide it with moisture. Hair becomes supple again with an intensive treatment. At the same time, a wellness day ensures relaxation.

Those who don’t have time to spend a day at the spa can complete their wellness program at home. Expensive body care products are not absolutely necessary: ​​you can easily make a face mask or a hair treatment yourself from  milkhoney  and olive oil.

Keep calm

Serenity usually ends with the holiday. You quickly find yourself back in the daily grind and getting upset about little things. A queue-jumper at the sausage counter, the never-ending search for a parking space after work or sour milk in our morning  coffee  can completely upset us. Here, too, the memory of the holiday helps: what would the people in the holiday destination say about these apparent problems? Parking disputes in Senegal? Unthinkable!

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