Five ways to fight the post-festival blues
Festival season is here and the big one – Glastonbury – is soon approaching. And you know what that means: no work emails, just throbbing beats and fun in the sun (fingers crossed)… before getting back to reality. Here are five ways to feel good after a festival.
1. Power up
Your liver never takes a day off, so if you’re bingeing on junk food, booze and coffee throughout your festival time, your body can be crying out for nutrients and hydration.
Getting plenty of water into your system is vital, since the summer heat can leave you feeling exhausted. Chugging down 6-8 glasses of water a day at work can replenish lost fluids as well as sharpen your concentration levels during a tough work week. Electrolyte drinks like Gatorade help restore lost electrolytes.
Health and fitness website LiveStrong recommends taking B-vitamin supplements containing B-1, B-2, B-6 and B-12. They help neutralise the effects of partying, such as dehydration, dizziness and headaches. Reach for a Berocca – there’s always a friend or colleague who has some.
2. Fuel up
Wherever possible, eat fresh whole foods and get your protein in – all that dancing and tromping from one field to another can be hard work! Fry-ups really come into their own here; a plate full of protein is a perfect reset button if you’re nursing a hangover. And when you’re back home, whip up energising vegetable-based smoothies for a morning boost.
If you need your caffeine fix every morning then coffee isn’t always the best medium. If you’re feeling delicate, herbal alternatives such as fennel, mint or chamomile can soothe your stomach and your nerves.
3. Hit the gym
You might think it’s mad to put your running shoes on, particularly after dancing for hours on end at a festival over a long weekend. You’ve spent a weekend doing cardio, after all. But working up a sweat on a treadmill or doing intense exercise post-festival can help get your mind and body ready for work.
4. Keep up your beauty regimen
Beauty sleep might be the last thing on your list, but roasting and raving under a blazing sun can cause skin damage due to high UV rays. Carry sunscreen, and look out for aftersun lotions with ingredients like aloe vera that hydrate and heal slightly scorched skin.
5. Take an extra day off as a buffer
Jumping straight back into work from a festival weekend can be bad for business and your overall health, so build it into your annual leave. You’ll only come back looking as sad and tired as you feel otherwise; not a good look if you’re client-facing, or if you’re jumping back into hectic projects.
Have a lie-in, check your emails, meditate – whatever you need to do to feel polished and professional when you’ve returned to work.