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festival tips: recovering after a festival

Posted by Sarah on 17th August 2018

festival tips: recovering after a festival

What comes to mind when you think of festival season? Muddy fields? Warm beer? Loads of live music? Festival season gets bigger and better every single year, with more events popping up that cater to different tastes.

Whether you like to go to an epic five-dayer like Glastonbury or you’re more suited to a one-day festival in a sunny London park, the outcome will be the same: you’ll have had a great time, but will undoubtedly spend the next week feeling a little bit worse for wear.  

Believe us when we say that your festival experience will be worth feeling under the weather for a bit, and fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to make those post-festival blues go away faster than they would do on their own.

stay hydrated 

So you’ve probably just spent the last few days drinking your bodyweight in cider and dancing your way around a field (if you were lucky, you might have even had some nice weather too). Anyway, it’s safe to say that you’re going to be pretty dehydrated. When your body is low on H₂O, you might feel tired or sluggish and even experience headaches. 

So if you want to avoid those nasty headaches and feel awake and energised (especially if you have to go back to work), make sure that you drink plenty of water. It won’t be long before those hydration levels come back up and you’ll start to feel normal once again. 

detox 

When the festival is over, it’s time to flush all the rubbish out of your system and give yourself a much-needed boost. Now, water is great, but the clever researchers at the Tea Advisory Panel reckon that drinking between four and six mugs of tea a day is as good as drinking a litre of water when it comes to hydration.

We’re not suggesting that you completely swap water out for tea, but if you’re looking for a different way of hydrating yourself after the event, you may as well turn to a drink that’s packed with nutrients and a load of other post-festival benefits. 

  • matcha: When it comes to recovering from a festival, matcha should be your go-to drink. This powerful little powder has everything you need to rinse away that rough post-festival feeling. It is packed with antioxidants which help to keep your body on top form, and is good for the skin if it has taken a battering while you’ve been camping.
  • clean n green: If you’re looking for a drink that’s been designed to help you get over a rough weekend, then clean n green is the tea for you. Dandelion is its active ingredient, which cleanses the liver and enhances the immune system, while the ginger helps to combat feelings of nausea.
  • up beet: When you’re still feeling a bit sluggish but you’ve got to get up to go back to work, drinking a bit of up beet can give you a much-needed energy boost, just without the side effects that come with heavily caffeinated drinks. The beetroot boosts your stamina, which will help you to get through the day, while the ginger settles your stomach and aids digestion.

eat proper food

When you’re fresh out of a festival, you’re probably going to have the mother of all hangovers – think your usual sore head times 10! When they’re feeling a bit rough, most people have go-to greasy meals that keep their hungover bodies satisfied. The only problem with this is that unhealthy foods don’t actually help your body to get over all the excess, so the best way to fast-track your recovery is to give yourself plenty of proper nutritious foods. 

  • Nuts: Almonds and walnuts are great for cleaning your liver, and nuts do their bit in helping your body to recover.
  • Fruit: Although the food at festivals has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, it’s likely that the only fruit you encountered came as part of a cocktail. So, be sure to give your gut a bit of loving and include strawberries, blueberries, and grapefruits in your post-festival diet.
  • Leafy greens: Super-foods like spinach and kale are packed with the goodness that your post-festival body needs to recover (think important nutrients like vitamin B2, magnesium and iron). 

get some rest

Depending on the festival you went to, you’ve probably spent the last few nights up late enjoying the various forms of entertainment on offer. Once you’re back from your event-filled weekend away, the best thing to do is to sleep it off. 

It can be a bit of a weird feeling going straight from a loud and busy environment to a quiet and peaceful one, so you need to give your body a chance to adjust. If your mind is still in festival mode and you need a hand at falling asleep, there are a few things that you can try. You can have a go at different breathing techniques, you can listen to soothing music, or you can cut out all the hassle and drink a cup of snooze tea, where calming ingredients like lavender and chamomile help you to drift off into a natural sleep. 

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