The summer holidays are over - and thus the annual leave of most Germans. Unfortunately, many returnees can quickly get over the stress of everyday life: in the office, the work piles up, the children need help with their homework and the lawn does not mow by itself. Now it is important to actively counteract, so that the recovery effect does not fade as fast as the sun tan.
Remember and switch off
To make everyday life less stressful, small breaks should be taken regularly. "The stress level drops significantly if you take a quarter of an hour each day only for yourself, " advises psychologist Frank Meiners of the DAK. A souvenir from the holiday, for example, a shell or music from the travel destination, helps to revel in beautiful memories and also to switch off at home.
"Holidays are important for body and soul, because in the days off the stress of everyday life falls away from us, " explains Meiners. At home, small escapes help to prevent feelings of overload and tension. This way, it is easier to live and the various tasks and demands of everyday life can be handled more easily.
Healthy holiday kitchen
Mediterranean cuisine tastes of sun and sea. Typical Mediterranean dishes are not only tasty but also healthy: "Lots of fresh vegetables, fish and olive oil have a positive influence on the metabolism, " says Hanna-Kathrin Kraaibeek, graduate ecotrophologist and nutritionist at the DAK. "A vitamin-rich, low-fat and balanced Diet lowers the risk of high blood pressure or diabetes. Those who prepare Mediterranean recipes low in fat live healthier. "
Aromatic herbs, fresh lemons and garlic smell of vacation and stimulate appetite and digestion. "The healthy Mediterranean cuisine allows enjoyment without remorse, " explains Kraaibeek. "It strengthens the body's own defense and thus helps to survive the onset of the cold season unscathed."
Maintain good intentions
The holidays offer plenty of time for sports activities such as jogging, swimming or yoga. Even if there is less time for these activities in everyday life, one should not let the good intentions fade, but also stay active after the holidays. Excessive demands are counterproductive: best of all, you only take in as much as you can realistically create. Because who consistently implements his project lives happier.
"Twice a week, half an hour of exercise is enough to sustainably increase well-being, " explains DAK sports expert Uwe Dresel. "In order to relax the body and stay healthy, it is possible to have regular, gentle movements, which stimulate the metabolism process and provide athletic balance for new energy and a greater ability to concentrate."
Care for body and soul
Sun and sea water stress skin and hair. An extra care day after the holiday is therefore doubly recommended: Facial masks relax the stressed skin and provide it with moisture. Hair becomes supple again through intensive care. At the same time, a wellness day ensures relaxation.
If you do not have time to spend a day in the spa, you can do it at home. Expensive personal care products are not absolutely necessary: a face mask or hair conditioner can easily be made from milk, honey and olive oil.
With the holidays usually the serenity ends. Quick one is back in the daily routine and gets excited about little things. A prawn on the sausage counter, the eternal search for a parking space after work or sour milk in the morning coffee can completely upset us. Again, the memory of the holiday helps: What would people in the holiday country to these apparent problems say? Parking lot disputes in Senegal? Unthinkable!