Summer is officially here and although some of us are still waiting for the weather to pick up, festival season has started. 31 million people attended live gigs and festivals in 2018, a record number of people, which is said to continue to grow year on year. Whether it’s 3 days or 5, the dread of going back to work hits us all after you’ve spent days living your best life in a field in your care-free bubble.
The mother of all festivals Glastonbury kicks off Wednesday 26th June and what better time to put together a guide on how to survive returning to work.
- Take an extra day off
Firstly and most importantly, if you can book an extra day off work after the festival, then do it as it will give you time to make yourself feel more human again before your first day back. When you’re having a good time at a festival, sleep is often sacrificed as you don’t want to miss out on any fun.
A day spent catching up on sleep, eating nice food and reliving your best moments is the best way to spend the day after a festival. Obviously not all of us are lucky enough to be able to take an extra day off, so if you’re one of the unlucky ones then continue reading below for other tips on how to survive returning to work.
After days of drinking and dancing to your hearts content, water plays a vital role in helping you on your recovery journey after a festival. Your body is made up of 60% water and it’s essential to hydrate as your kidneys, brain and other bodily functions require enough water to perform properly. Lack of fluids will result in your body being unable to flush out toxins that are stored in your vital organs.
Not only are the liquids you consume vital after the festival but also it’s important to note how much water you consume during the event. Make sure you drink enough to prevent prolonging that festival hangover.
You’ve just spent days sleeping in a tent and no matter how good your roll mat or blow up bed is, nothing beats sleeping in your own bed. You’ll probably be aching from trekking all over the festival site and dancing away, so you need to be prepared in advance of the festival for the best shower of your life when you get home.
Stock up on your favourite toiletries before you head off, so that you can step straight through the door and into the shower. Also, make sure your comfiest pyjamas are clean and your cupboards are stocked so you don’t have to face the shops.
- Plan in advance
Following on from tip 3, for those of you that have to face the office straight after the festival with no relaxation period, you’ll be forever grateful if you get everything ready before you leave for the festival. Make sure the freezer is stocked with a quick and nutritious meal, you have milk in for a cup of tea and plan your outfit to save any hassle in the morning.
If you want to be even more prepared, make yourself a nice lunch to take to work and plan to cook your favourite dinner as a reward for making it through your first day back.
After days of drinking, eating delicious food and partying, it’s safe to say your body is likely to need a detox. Alongside drinking lots of water to hydrate, it’s worth adding lots of leafy greens to your diet such as spinach, kale or lettuce as these vegetables will supply several key minerals and nutrients to your liver to aid regeneration.
- Group chat
Seek solidarity in your mates; you all attended the festival together so you’re all experiencing the pain of returning to work together. Share words of encouragement in the WhatsApp group to get each other through the day and share your pictures and videos to relive the best bits.
- Head down
When it actually comes to the day of going back to work, stop yourself from sitting and flicking through your pictures and videos as this wont help beat the festival blues. Instead, get in early to catch-up on emails when it’s quiet. If you can listen to music at work, put your headphones in and head down to get yourself through the day.
Try to get out on your lunch break to take a walk; even a 5-minute walk has been found to boost well-being levels significantly. A brisk walk will also increase oxygen supply to your cells, which can increase your energy levels, helping to make your afternoon less daunting.
7. Having something to look forward to
You’ve been looking forward to this festival for months and now it’s over, so what next? Beat the blues by getting something else booked in to your diary. Whether it’s a coffee with a friend, a live gig or a holiday, having something to look forward to will help ease the pain of the festival being over.