Music festivals are one of my favourite parts of summer. They bring together people from all walks of life to move and groove in an environment that makes it hard to think about anything other than where you are right there and then.
While you will probably have the time of your life dancing at all hours of the day and night, indulging in exciting experiences with friends new and old, it can be challenging to prioritize self care.
When the show is all over, your tent is packed and you are crammed into the back of your friend’s truck with empty coolers and sleeping bags it can be hard to keep your festival vibes high as sleep deprivation, dehydration and malnutrition kick in.
So, rather than letting the blues get in your way, here are a few of my top tips to feel your best post fest.
It is essential to stay hydrated throughout your day anyway but in the instance that you have neglected to keep your fine self saturated for a night of dancing or a whole weekend festival, remember to take it slow, steady and with electrolytes.
I like to use the analogy of a house plant to illustrate how to hydrate. When you water a bone dry house plant most of the water is just going to run right through it and out the bottom. This is because the soil is trying to retain what moisture it has rather than being open to receiving more. Your body is the same. If you’re dehydrated and chug water, you’ll probably just pee most of it out and lose electrolytes while you’re at it.
But, if you sip a little bit of liquid at a time, over a longer period of time, and add some electrolytes too, you will provide your body with hydration at a rate that can actually be absorbed, with the nutrients that need to be replaced.
And remember, the electrolyte part is critical! When you’re dancing your pants off, you lose a lot more than just water in your sweat. And when your electrolyte tank is on empty your muscles can cramp, your nervous system can struggle and your mood might be less than sunny.
So to stay hydrated while you are at the festival, or to rehydrate when the show is over sip slowly, consistently and with electrolytes.
When we go all out at a music festival we put our bodies through the ringer! I am a massive proponent of taking certain supplements throughout festivals (a blog on that to come!) but it is definitely important to continue your supplement program afterward as well.
Your own personal supplement program can be tailored to you and your specific activities to take into consideration what is most likely to be depleted or need supporting in your own body. But, for the sake of broad application here I will suggest my top two supplement categories here.
First is a good quality probiotic. Your gut health is vital to your overall health and well being. It is where your immune system lives, where you absorb nutrients from the food you eat and where many neurotransmitters including serotonin are produced.
You can take a probiotic while you are festing or start when you get home. Either way, when you take care of your gut it will take care of you!
Second is a B-Complex vitamin. B vitamins are responsible for energy production, nerve health, mood regulation and offsetting stress. These are all functions that may need a little extra TLC post festival and a B complex is a great all-rounder for this purpose.
3. High density Nutrition
It is damn near impossible to stick to your normal diet when you’re at a festival. You have no schedule, you aren’t likely to be cooking much and why would you when there are so many cool dining options on site.
Even if you have the best intentions of eating three meals per day, the reality is that it probably isn’t going to happen. And, if it somehow does happen, your choices probably won’t be as high vibing as if you were cooking for yourself.
So, after a few days of smaller meals and fewer nutrients you probably don’t want to wolf down a meal the size of a Thanksgiving dinner when you get back to the real world. Your stomach will have shrunk and a mega feast will not be kind on your digestive system.
Instead, focus on eating smaller, bioavailable, nutrient dense meals. This will give your body the opportunity to properly digest and assimilate the nutrients it needs help you feel your best. Some things to focus on are dark leafy greens, colourful vegetables, antioxidants and healthy fats and proteins. Some examples include smoothie bowls topped with hemp, cacao nibs and walnuts, veggie soup (add some miso paste for extra probiotics!), a leafy green salad or a veggie stir fry.
If this seems impossible and pizza is all you have been fantasizing about, then add some arugula to the top and wash it down with a cold pressed juice.
You’ve got it start somewhere, so start with high quality ingredients, take your time and for heavens sake chew!
Your journey to feeling amazing after a big festival doesn’t have to be a long one. So do your best to take care of yourself while you are having a good time, and be prepared for a quick recovery when you get home!
Need a little help? Try this smoothie to get started!
Beat the Blues Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, cilantro to chelate heavy metals as well as stress fighting adaptogens, bioavailable proteins and brain loving fats. It’s good for any day and definitely a winner to feel your best post fest!
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup cilantro
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 handful of baby spinach
1 tsp turmeric
a pinch of cracked pepper
1 tsp chlorella/spirulina/ scoop of multi greens powder (I like this one!)
1 tsp maca
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
Put everything but the coconut oil in a high speed blender and blend until smooth
Add melted coconut oil in as the blender is running to combine it smoothly
Serve and enjoy!
Have you got any other tried and tested post fest tips? Share them below!