Our favorite self-care tips for post-festival detox

By Arran Wallace

There's nothing quite like the festival experience—the carnival-like atmosphere, meeting lots of like-minded people, and the opportunity to see your favorite artists. As fun as it is, however, no one comes back in a better state than when they left, as the disruptions to your diet and sleep schedule take their toll. That's why we've put together this little guide with a few tips on how to get back into the rhythm of things and clean your system up, so you can start functioning as a normal human being again!

That's why we've put together this little guide of our favorite self-care tips for a post-festival detox to get you back into the swing of things.

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Food and beverages

Most people incorrectly believe that a detox means depriving yourself of food and drink, when in actuality, it's about consuming lighter and healthier foods. In the morning, while you may want to grab a coffee to bring yourself back to life after your first night back on a mattress, pour yourself a glass of warm water, mixed with a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice, instead. When you consume this before anything else, it helps with your digestion and removes toxins, as well as giving clearer skin and aiding weight loss.

If you really must have your coffee, that's alright, but avoid drinking more than two cups a day and nothing after 3 p.m., otherwise you risk affecting your already frail sleeping patterns. If it's caffeine you're after, green tea is a much better source than coffee, as it naturally contains antioxidants and boosts brain power!

One of the most common pitfalls for festival-goers is catching a bug upon returning, due to a weak immune system caused by lack of sleep, junk food, and copious amounts of alcohol. For this reason, you should try to eat foods that can get your immune system back in working order, like carrots, yogurt, spinach, and broccoli. In fact, most fruit and vegetables are great for your immune system, as well as provide natural sugar, which your body will be craving, so get the blender out and get creative with your smoothies!

Probiotic foods like miso soup, tempeh, and kimchi are perfect for stimulating the growth of vital microorganisms in your gut, many of which were obliterated by all the beers you snaffled. It's the perfect excuse to go have a meal out at your favorite Japanese or Korean restaurant!

Exercise

We know it's the last thing you want to do, but exercise is great at helping your body get back to normal. By increasing your heart rate, you pump more blood around your body, easing all the stiffness and soreness from sleeping on the floor, while sweating helps you get rid of any toxins. After exercising, endorphins are released—reducing pain, improving mood, and providing you with energy—which will help you overcome those post-festival blues.

Since you're running on empty, you'll want to lower the intensity, duration, and impact; otherwise, you run the risk of doing yourself harm. Low-impact exercises include cycling, swimming, and rowing. Try to keep to 20- to 30-minute workouts—or even shorter if you're one of those people who simply has to do high-intensity workouts. Stretching is great to use your muscles without exerting too much stress on them, so why not try a yoga class or some tai chi in the park? And no matter what you decide to do, stay hydrated!

Sleep

"I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist..."

Written by Stephen Chbosky in his novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" to describe how the protagonist felt after a three non-stop days at Coachella in 1999, this quote perfectly describes how many of us feel post-festival season. Going to sleep is the first thing that many of us will want to do as soon as we get home, but you need to make sure you're getting quality sleep, not just large quantities of it; otherwise, you'll be feeling just as weak and tired as we did when we came back. How can you ensure you're getting a good night's sleep, though?

Avoiding stimulants, such as caffeine, after 3 p.m. is a good start. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 8 hours, keeping you awake when you should be dozing off. Taking a hot salt bath at night is a great way to relax and calm you down before bedtime. It's also a great way to help restore levels of magnesium in your body—a mineral that improves sleep (and give you vivid dreams!). Salt baths also cleanse your pores of all the sweat and dirt that has built up over the festival.

To get ready for bed, writing a to-do list for the next day is a great way to clear your head of any lingering thoughts or stress you may be feeling and gives you a plan of action for the morning to help get you out of bed.

Avoiding the use of tablets and phones an hour before you plan to get into bed, as unbearable as it may seem, is essential for getting a good night's sleep. The screens emit blue light, which is also emitted by the sun, meaning your body is tricked into thinking it's daylight. Furthermore, you can cause the opposite effect with red spectrum bulbs and candles, so consider reading a chapter or two of your favorite book with one of these.

Last, but no least, make sure your room is as dark as possible, so no light can disturb you and that your room isn't too hot. To reach the deep sleep stage, your body temperature needs to be about two degrees lower. Sweet dreams!

Other tips

  • Seratonin is a natural mood stabilizer, reducing depression and regulating anxiety. Chocolate raises seratonin levels. (See what we're getting at here?)

  • Research from Open University suggests that looking at photos improves people's moods by 11%, so take a trip down memory lane, and post your favorites!

  • Your hair has suffered from a lack of showers and exposure to sunlight, so restore your locks with some healing oil treatment. Simply apply a little to the end of your hair after washing and before drying.

  • Exfoliating scrubs are perfect for getting rid of built-up dirt and dead skin; they often also contain Vitamin E, which is good for renewing skin cells and restoring your glow. Face masks and aftersun cream are great options, too.

  • The ultimate way to de-stress and detox is by treating yourself to a stay at a spa. Check your local area and see if they have any deals!


If you're already planning next year's festival schedule and have never been to Glastonbury before, check out our all-inclusive guide with everything you need to know about Glastonbury Music Festival!

A glampers' guide to the Glastonbury Music Festival

By Fred Jéquier

Somerset, England, is famous for its rolling hills, sleepy towns and villages, and some great cider. But every June, thousands of people make their way to the quiet county for a wholly different reason. Since 1970, Glastonbury Music Festival has been a mecca for music and contemporary art fans across the world. With rock acts, such as T-Rex and Rage Against the Machine, Britpop favorites like Blur and Oasis, hip hop represented by the likes of Jay-Z, Divas in the form of Beyoncé, and country legends like Johnny Cash all gracing the world-renowned Pyramid Stage, the race is on to reserve a place at this iconic annual event the moment tickets are released.

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The 2019 festival is no exception to previous years, with a plethora of new and established artists getting ready to play in front of thousands of fans, hoping to make their way into the annals of Glastonbury folklore like so many before them. Bands, such as The Killers, The Cure, Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson, and Wu-Tang Clan are just some of the many artists that fans can look forward to seeing this year.

To make your festival going experience as fun and hassle-free as possible, we've created the ultimate glampers' guide for the Glastonbury Music Festival.

Location, location, location

Despite being named after the historic town of Glastonbury, the festival itself is not actually in the town. The festival is held on Michael Eavis' family-owned Worthy Farm, which lies on the edge of the idyllic village of Pilton. You might be thinking that the last thing a small village in the West Country would want is over 100,000 people descending upon them for the biggest party of the summer. However, the villagers are allotted a certain amount of free tickets each year, which I'm sure we all can agree is both right and proper!

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How to get there

With at least 135,000 people expected to make their way to Worthy Farm this summer, it is hardly surprising that getting there will prove to be an event in and of itself. The A303, the road connecting the West Country to the rest of Southern England, gets busy around Glastonbury and Pilton in the days leading up to the festival, so your best bet is to take the train to Castle Cary, the nearest station to both Pilton and the festival site. In fact, Castle Cary has become so synonymous with the festival that the station received an official dedication as "Castle Cary, Station of the Glastonbury Festival" in April of this year.

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National Rail Enquiries has regular updates on departures and arrivals at all of the U.K.'s train stations, and for ease, there is a free app for your phone. Once you arrive at the station, there are shuttle buses to take festivalgoers to the site, which is about six miles from Castle Cary.

Food and drink

We're sure if you've ever been to a festival, you've had your fair share of overpriced, yet underwhelming, food. The last thing you want when you're in need of energy is bland and boring food, and thankfully, the stalls at Glastonbury this year promise to be anything but. Here are a few examples of food stalls that are sure to get your taste buds zinging before you head to the main stage and your ears start ringing.

1. Paellaria

Founded by four friends over 10 years ago, Paellaria cooks up various types of paella with some delicious, bold flavors, bright colors, and pretty generous portions. This is sure to fill you up before you head out on your next festival adventure.

2. Anna Mae's

Based in London, the Anna Mae's stall serves up mac 'n' cheese, the perfect comfort food after a day on your feet. Expect a load of cheese and a range of tasty sauces.

3. Biff's Jack Shack

Biff's Jack Shack is the perfect place to indulge in some junk food with a twist. With an entirely vegan menu, everyone can enjoy their stunning burgers and range of vegan fried chicken dishes. Biff's Jack Shack is gaining popularity as they hone their craft, so don't be surprised to see them at several other festivals this year, too.

4. "Food For A Fiver"

There's no getting away from the fact that at festivals, we often pay a premium for food and drink. The organizers at Glastonbury have teamed up with various vendors to provide affordable food for festivalgoers on a budget. Participating stalls all carry the "Food For A Fiver" sticker, and you can look forward to drink deals, meal deals, and even smoothies, milkshakes, coffees, and cakes.

Photo from NME.

What to bring

There are certain items that we always need to pack when getting ready for a festival. Beyond the obvious items, such as a tent and a roll mat, thanks to British summers being somewhat unpredictable, there are obviously a few essentials that you'll need to remember so you're ready for all eventualities.

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1. Wellies

All it takes is a couple of hours of rain, and the whole site can end up covered in wet mud. Wellies are a real must to keep your feet dry and your mood bright through any rainy weather. There's nothing worse than going for a three-day camping trip and having to endure soggy socks and damp trainers.

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2. Portable phone charger

It happens to all of us. It's the final night of the festival, and half of the group want to see The Killers, but the rest of the group want to head to the other side of the site to watch The Chemical Brothers. Once the sets are done, you need to find the rest of the group so you can enjoy the rest of the festival together, but after a whole day, your phone will inevitably be running low. Thankfully, there are numerous portable phone chargers of varying sizes and prices to choose from, so you can rest assured that you'll be able to find the rest of your group when the time comes.

3. Reusable water bottle

After the festival has come to an end, and everyone has made their way home to hot showers and comfy beds, the work for the organizers is not yet over. The end of the festival means the start of the clean-up, and over the years, there has been an enormous amount of rubbish to be disposed of. After 1.3 million bottles of water were bought at the festival in 2017, the organizers decided to ban plastic water bottles, so you will need to bring your own. There are free water stations throughout the site, so you can fill them up while going from stage to stage.


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