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The Corporate Wellness Bible by Kate Cook

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72. End ‘stop and collapse’ syndrome

You take holidays. You know how important this is if you want to be stress-free. And then you spend the first week in bed recovering from some dreaded lurgy. You’ve got leisure sickness – aka ‘stop and collapse’ syndrome.

The guy who first identified leisure sickness was a sufferer. Professor Ad Vingerhoets of Tilburg University noticed he always got ill on the first days of his holiday. So he did a study of nearly 2,000 men and women aged between 16 and 87. And guess what? He wasn’t alone. A small but significant number of his subjects regularly got ill at the weekend or on holidays. (I think his numbers must be an underestimate because most of the people I know are affected.) He discovered that those ...

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