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.
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!
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!
"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!
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!