The ultimate guide to fixing the post vacation hangover
By Jahnavi Khanna
From BBQs in the park to outdoor weddings and days spent laying out on the sand, summer certainly is glorious, particularly when a vacation is in orderâ€”but it can also be a real killer on our skin and hair. These quick fixes will nip your summer beauty problems in the bud, and help you get through the season totally unscathed
GET RID OF THE TAN
While avoiding a tan is impossible owing to the hot summers, removing one isnâ€™t. And it can be done economically from the comfort of your home. Here are seven natural ways to remove your Holiday Sun Tan instantlyâ€¦
1. Lemon Juice
â€˘ Cut a lemon and rub a slice on your tanned skin.
â€˘ Allow it to sit for some minutes before washing it off.
2. Cucumber Extract, Lemon Juice and Rose Water
Mix one tablespoon of each of the three ingredients in a bowl and dab it generously on your tanned skin.
3. Vicks Vapor Rub
Though unconventional, vicks vapor rub has proven, many a times, to be pretty effective in treating skin that is sunburnt.
4. Masoor, Tomato and Aloe
â€˘ Soak one tablespoon of masoor dal in water and make it into a paste.
â€˘ To this add equal quantities of aloe extract and tomato paste.
â€˘ Apply on tanned areas of your face and let it sit for 30 minutes before using cold water to wash it off.
5. Honey and Ripe Papaya
â€˘ Mash up about half a cup of papaya with one-tablespoon honey.
â€˘ Apply on tanned areas and let it sit for 30 minutes before using cold water to wash it off.
6. Oat Meal and Buttermilk
â€˘ In three tablespoons of buttermilk add two tablespoons of oatmeal.
â€˘ Using circular movements, massage it onto the tanned areas. Easy!
7. Yogurt and Tomato Extract
â€˘ Mix up one tablespoon of each ingredient and slather the paste thatâ€™s formed on tanned areas.
â€˘ Let it be for half an hour before washing off with water.
Al-cohol you later
Enjoyed your summer with the boozing? Now itâ€™s time to move from being babalaas to sobriety. Excessive intake of alcohol leads to bloating and water retention and when this alcohol water retention persists, it is important to reduce or eliminate consumption. And, if it seems to be a recurring problem during alcohol use, consider the type of alcohol to see if it is worthwhile to make a change to possibly reduce or eliminate the symptom. Beers and other lower alcohol beverages that contain more water may not cause as much of a water retention problem (in fact, some of them act as diuretics!) as stronger alcohol ethers like cognac and vodka.
HOW TO GET RID OF ALCOHOL WATER RETENTION
Treating the temporary symptoms not related to disease or illness can be easily managed with the counter remedies or natural diuretics.
One of the most common is dandelion, which can be eaten or made into a delicious tea.
â€˘ Celery, watermelon and parsley are also considered natural diuretics as well, and can be enjoyed in small amounts to help reduce the water hoarding the body is engaging in.
â€˘ And, while natural diuretics for water retention are helpful to add into a diet, avoiding salt is even more important. Avoiding excess sodium not only contributes to lower blood pressure, but it is very important for a water retention diet because of the delicate water to sodium balance the body needs to consistently maintain.
â€˘ Make yogurt a part of your daily diet as Yogurt has high amounts of protein and potassium. Since, one of the main causes of water retention is the loss of protein, increasing the protein content through yogurt can relieve you from water retention.
GETTING BACK IN SHAPE
If you gained a few pounds during the holiday season, you're not alone. But the good news is that you can lose the weight quickly, Here are a few ways to do it in an easy and effective way.
WORK IT OUT
The extent of your movement during the holidays may have been limited to raising your fork, but it's important to get moving now. Exercise not only burns calories but also puts you in a positive mind-set, if working out alone seems boring, try making a routine with your friend. Hitting the gym could be the best option for you as it will keep your mind and body busy. Running may be another way for blasting fat, Lace up your sneakers and go for a 60-minute run at a 10-minute-per-km pace to burn about 600 calories.
After binge eating for the past month, you may feel like skipping meals entirely. But that will only make you hungrier so itâ€™s better to eliminate certain things from your meals or switch to better alternatives. If you have a sweet tooth, skipping your afternoon handful of M&M's for two individually wrapped squares of dark chocolate is the best way. Do this five times a week and you'll cut 600 calories. Also good: dark chocolate boasts some serious health benefits, helping to keep your heart healthy and even boosting your mood. Make fruits and veggies the focus of your meals to add fiber, vitamins A and C and folate. Work on replacing some of your refined grains, such as the holiday dinner rolls, with more whole-grains, such as whole-wheat bread to maximise the nutrient content of every bite. Mix it up a bit, and add alternative sources of protein such as beans, seafood, nuts and seeds in place of the turkey and ham.
If you have a sweet tooth, skipping your afternoon handful of M&M's for two individually wrapped squares of dark chocolate is the best way. Do this five times a week and you'll cut 600 calories
In this type of fasting we need to skip breakfast each day and eat two meals, the first around 1 pm and the second around 8 pm, then fast for 16 hours straight. It is not a diet, it is a pattern of eating, it doesnâ€™t change WHAT you eat, it changes WHEN you eat. It makes your day simpler and helps you live longer as when youâ€™re starving, your body finds ways to extend your life, it is much easier than dieting.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
Losing one or two kilos a week maximum is doable. Top weight-loss programs suggest stopping after the first 10 kilos and maintaining that loss for about six months before trying to lose any more weight. Give yourself a specific goal and write it down. After you have it noted, it becomes real and verifiable. Just saying you want to lose five or 10 kilos isn't specific enough; saying you want to lose five kilos in two months is. And as long as you're in the writing mode, make sure you write down all your workouts and what you eat. You'll be surprised by how much a commitment to logging your meals reduces mindless eating.
One of the few things harder than holiday packing is getting back into a healthy routine after returning from one. Post-holiday blues mixed with jet lag and exhaustion doesn't make the best recipe for a health and wellness comeback
WORK MODE ON- IN PROGRESS
After hanging by the shore and soaking in the sun, the last thing you want to think about is work. But as much as you would like your vacation to last forever, it's time to come back to reality and figure out ways to get back to work after your vacation. Ideally, before you head out to your vacation, you want to make sure everything is good to go: you've communicated with everyone and tied up any loose ends from projects or assignments. While those things are important, it's just as vital to set up a plan for when you return. Follow these steps and put your work mode on.
STEP 1: Don't try to tackle your work all at once
Yes, there's going to be a lot to do, but you won't be able to do it all on the first day back. Map out one or two things you must get done each day and you'll feel much better than trying to get to everything done on day one. Rather than feeling overwhelmed with your workload, take one step at a time with your assignments. Also, make sure to schedule your meetings the second day you're in the office, so you don't go crazy, cry, and then run away from all your responsibilities.
STEP 2:Resume Your Routine
It can be hard to get back into the routine of things when you first return to work. After a day or so, your natural work rhythm will fall back into place and you will start to feel productive again. Feeling productive is all about getting back in the groove. Have your morning coffee and enjoy your lunch away from your desk. These simple things will help make the transition back to work a lot more enjoyable.
STEP 3: Clean & Prioritise Your Inbox
Even though you feel like pulling your hair out while you're trying to answer all of your emails, figure out a system to answer the most important ones first and then return to the others later. Resist the urge to read and respond. You may return from your break to 200 emails, but not all of them will require immediate responses. Start with the emails sent right after you left for your vacation and end with those most recently received. That way you'll track responses or updates to topics or issues that may have already been settled in the time you were gone.
STEP 4: Strategise Your Tasks
Try to strategise your first few days back by looking at tasks you can quickly check off your 'to-do' list. This way you can start feeling good about how much you are accomplishing in a short period of time, and mentally be prepared for some heavier lifting in the workplace. Whether you decide to tackle the easiest or the hardest tasks first, remember to stick to a routine that works for you, so you don't feel like you've wasted away a day.
STEP 5: Stay Hydrated & Drink Caffeine
Usually, the first day is the hardest. While you still might be on a vacation-high from your wonderful adventure, you might feel tired and grumpy because of jet lag. Stay hydrated with tea, water, or coffee to help keep you alert while you're getting back into the groove of things. There are many herbs and teas that can help both to sharpen mental acuity and increase focus.