Airbeds inflated (get comfortable people), and litres of beer cracked open in anticipation of what was to come. Next week you go back to work and normality, and your ‘line up’ for the day will be filled with deadlines, tasks and responsibilities instead of DJ sets and Rockstars. You need to replenish, recover, recuperate and rest. We know if we apply the same dedication to alcohol recovery and MDMA recovery as we did to partying last week we’ll be back to normal in no time. Here are 5 steps to help with your festival recovery:
1. Recharge your batteries
When you are at the festival it may be the least of your priorities, but sleep is vital for the restoration of cognitive functioning and active memory which declines after sleep deprivation (1). Even short periods of sleep can be beneficial. Specifically, a short afternoon nap significantly reduces sleepiness and fatigue whilst improving mood and cognitive performance (2).
You may have partied all weekend and raced from one end of the festival site to the other as the night has gone on. Once you’ve caught up with your sleep, you might want to walk or cycle to work, go for an easy run in the sunshine, or maybe a gentle swim. As a study has shown (3) exercise is effective at minimising fatigue, improving cognitive performance and generally improves night-time sleep. Short incremental exercise is perfect for this, get away from your desk through your lunchbreak and get yourself moving!
3. Detox your Liver
Getting off the alcohol is crucial to alcohol recovery. Cut your alcohol consumption back down to an acceptable level as alcohol can cause major dehydration (4) refuelling on water maybe beneficial as water can rehydrate and re-energise you. Try Milk Thistle a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over indulgence of drink.
4. Replenish your serotonin
Five days of partying takes its toll on your mood. Take 5-htp to replenish your serotonin levels. 5-htp is a naturally occurring chemical made in the body and, it is the pre-cursor to your feel good chemical messenger – serotonin.
5. Mood Foods
Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish, walnuts & seeds support brain function and some studies have shown a reduction in symptoms amongst patients with depression. Foods such as tomatoes are high in folic acid. Studies show an elevated incidence of folate deficiency in patients with depression. Finally, fruits high in antioxidants such as raspberries, blackberries and blueberries can help reduce inflammation caused by the breakdown of alcohol.