For all of us ravers, a festival is a place of stress relief, a place to absorb great energy from others and to just be you! It’s something we look forward to, plan for and make all of the preparations to have the best experience.
When we get there, it’s another world, a place where everyone is accepted and ready to just let go. We go to all of the after parties, we are following the dj’s that we’ve been dying to see live either for the first time or one of our favorites we see all the time. From House music, tech house and techno, those beats just resonate inside of us and bring a whole new elevation of energy that we have needed. It’s our happy place! From a 3 day to a 5 day festival, we just follow the flow of how we feel.
We get caught up in the way we feel that sometimes it’s hard to pace it, going to sleep the next day for a few hours and then doing it all over again. From hours of dancing and finding the time to eat something and some dehydration from drinking, it can take a toll on our body but we don’t fully notice it while we are in a state of euphoria from the environment we are in.
It can be hard when the closing DJ plays his final song and it’s all over. It’s something we want to last and never end. But we have to face going back into reality and our daily lives.
Often we feel tired from lack of sleep and just non stop movement for a few days, we start to notice the aches, hunger, dehydration and whatever other symptoms come with a festival. Our immune systems are compromised and sometimes we can get sick. I’ve even known people to get sick for 1-3 weeks or getting pneumonia afterwards. It can be difficult if we have to go back to work soon after the festival.
With all of that, here are some tips for getting back into your daily routine quickly after a festival.
If you can with your employer, take at least the following 1-2 days off for just pure recovery and rest.
Essential Steps to Getting Back Into a Groove
- With everything that has been going on vitamins and hydration is important for at least 7 days after will improve the immune system to start the repair process.
- Go to bed a little earlier the first recovery day to get the sleep your body is needing.
- Take an epsom salt bath to soothe those muscles and enhance sleep by aid in relaxation
- Take electrolytes everyday for at least a week and drink between 96 – 128 oz of water. This will rehydrate the body and help flush out toxins.
- Go get a professional stretch or massage. Going to places that have assisted facial stretching or a massage will help release tension and improve injuries that may have occurred or to alleviate pains.
- Don’t go hard in a workout right after a festival. If you want to work out, try a yoga class or pilates. You’ll get the same benefits without putting more stress on the body. Recovery allows for better results anyways.
From my experiences with festivals, getting back on track can be rough. Having a strategy after the festival helps productivity when going back to work and just getting back on track.