Weekend 2018: new year holidays are too long

The Russian government has approved the public holiday calendar for 2018. At first glance, the only pleasant news: the holidays will last for ten days, on March 8 and may day be able to relax for four days, the rest of the time — limit ourselves to “plus one” to Saturday and Sunday. However, not all pleased by the prospect: according to psychologists, too long a vacation will negatively affect performance.


photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The Russians would have two more months to hold out and begin expanse: this year for the holidays we will leave on Saturday, 30 Dec. Thus, winter holidays will last as much as ten days — from December 30, 2017 until 8 January 2018. However, as it turns out, are happy to run a not all: according to recent surveys, in connection with the economic crisis, less people in the country can afford a full new year’s vacation with a trip somewhere and leisure, so often the holidays turn into a continuous feast with copious libations. As a result, not a vacation, and even greater physical fatigue before the start of the new year.

We will remind, earlier the Deputy of the State Duma from LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky has suggested to cancel in Russia the new year holidays, explaining the idea of a struggle with alcoholism — according to statistics, from 1 to 10 January, from alcohol abuse prematurely killed 20 thousand people. So, according to the politician, the weekend could be reallocated differently.

However, experts believe such concerns are unnecessary. Chief narcologist of Russia Yevgeny Bryun said that over the past few years the number of drink alcohol in the country is declining, so there is hope to spend the holidays culturally.

– Six-seven years ago, the Russians drink 18 liters of alcohol, and now – only 10.5 liters. The trend is clear. And go about the protracted drinking bouts after the Christmas holidays every year fewer Russians — I think, finally learned how to relax properly, without abuse. Not the last role in this is the crisis, people once again consider how to spend the money and not necessarily make a choice in favor of alcohol. So the problem is new year’s drinking gradually disappearing, explained Brune “MK”.

Traditionally more Russians favorite weekend of the may holidays. This year on may day we will relax for four days from 29 April to 2 may. But here on may 9 will have to be content with one day off in the middle of the week (Wednesday), so leaving the country is unlikely to succeed.

As explained in conversation with the correspondent “MK” specialist of the Institute of clinical psychology and psychotherapy, psychologist-psychotherapist Anastasia pearl, the tradition of the long may holidays, we have caused the beginning of the summer season, the majority of Russians.

– This season is considered to be more “sober”. People go out of town, working in the fresh air. Ought to do the opposite — slightly to reduce depressive winter new year holidays, and the solar may extend. In General I want to note that in modern Russian there is almost no culture of leisure. Alas, our people do not know how literal things: to release stress, relieve tension, deal with the case like in your free time. Accumulated tension, instead of, say, Cycling, remove “national” means — alcohol. People need to be distracted by crafts, activities, something for everyone. Alcohol and other substances that affect the psyche, necessary to completely eliminate from life, – says the expert.

Fully exclude alcohol — place, a utopia. However, to move in this direction, it might be worth.

In honor of International women’s day, we will rest for four days — from 8 to 11 March. Also the output will be 23-25 February, June 10-12 and 3-5 November. A little surprise awaits at the end of the year: Monday, 31 December 2018, will also be a non-working day.

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