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Al­ways come down with some­thing in the first days of your trip? “This is called the let-down ef­fect and it oc­curs when we re­lax af­ter a pe­riod of stress like try­ing to get all your work done be­fore a trip,” says oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist An­gela Lock­wood, au­thor of Switch Off: How to Find Calm in a Noisy World. It oc­curs be­cause re­lax­ing too fast shocks the body, and sup­presses im­mu­nity, but ex­pos­ing your body to a daily dose of mild stress pre­vents this. Try men­tal chal­lenges like com­plet­ing a puz­zle in two min­utes, or do some phys­i­cal ex­er­cise like a short, fast run.

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