BEAT SUM­MER BURNOUT

GUY, CHAILEY

Men's Health (UK) - - 7/17 Your Summer Starts Here -

We un­pack the sci­ence of ‘leisure sick­ness’ to stop pre-hol­i­day stress killing your chill

The idea of spend­ing a week wash­ing down Day Nurse with your pool­side Corona is enough to make you call the whole thing off. Yet the phe­nom­e­non of which you speak is fairly com­mon. It even has a name: ‘leisure sick­ness’.

As for its cause, Dutch psy­chol­o­gist Ad Vinger­hoets has two the­o­ries. One is “com­pe­ti­tion for symp­tom per­cep­tion” – ba­si­cally, you’re too busy to no­tice your pound­ing head un­til you power down your lap­top. “It’s also pos­si­ble that your body is con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce ex­cess adren­a­line long after you need it,” he says. Your body has no use for the en­ergy, caus­ing a hor­mone im­bal­ance that weak­ens the im­mune sys­tem. Which­ever the case may be, there are ways to re­duce your risk of sun, sea and snif­fles. Vinger­hoets ad­vises fit­ting in a pre-hol­i­day work­out to ‘use up’ that ex­tra adren­a­line. Also, try ta­per­ing your work­load over a pe­riod of three days, rather than slam­ming on the brakes at the 11th hour. Main­tain­ing a sim­i­lar sched­ule to the one you have dur­ing the week – eat­ing reg­u­larly, wak­ing early – could also help. Fail­ing that, try our edit of im­mune-boost­ing pills, right. There’s only one thing that should be mak­ing you sweat on hol­i­day, and that’s the sun.

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