Most of us have missed going to music festivals in 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. It looks like there will be another resurgence, but most people are optimistic that things will return to normal by next summer. When that happens, there will also be a resurgence of festival-goers. And when that happens, there will be germs everywhere. They don’t call it the “Festival Flu” for nothing. You’ll be surrounded by cigarette smoke, dirt, pollen, and all kinds of irritants will be present. Plus, people may give up on daily handwashing by that time. The likelihood that you won’t be feeling well when you return home is high, but there are things you can do to smooth your recovery after a long event. The best part is that you can choose natural remedies to speed your recovery.
The first step to recovery after a music festival is to hydrate yourself. Drink plenty of water every day for a week following the event. Whether you actually catch a cold or pick up some other virus (hopefully not COVID-19), hydration is a necessary activity for several reasons. First, it will help to flush out the toxins from your body. Second, it will help to keep your mucous membranes moist, so that your mucous can be cleared out periodically. In addition to water, you should look to replenish your electrolytes. You can try mineral water to start, but this isn’t enough. Natural foods that are high in electrolytes include unsweetened coconut water and bananas. You can also try dairy products, avocado, fruit juice, and watermelon. These are all delicious, natural choices that will help to get you back in shape.
It’s common for people to experience headaches, and even migraines after spending several days at a music festival. Loud music, lack of hydration, and a lack of sleep all contribute to what can inevitably become a throbbing headache that just doesn’t want to go away. When this happens, you may want to swallow a few aspirins or Advils, but there are natural alternatives. First, hydrate yourself. Yes, we said it already and we’ll say it again. Drink plenty of fluids to help with your headache. Next, make sure you’ve got plenty of minerals in your system. Magnesium helps with blood sugar control, and studies have shown that 600mg of oral magnesium citrate has helped migraine sufferers with both the frequency and severity of their headaches. Foods high in magnesium include pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach, cashews, and peanuts.
Some B vitamins can also help with headaches. Studies show that riboflavin (B2), folate (B12), and pyridoxine (B6) can all help to reduce headaches. Whole grains, meat, eggs, beans, seeds, nuts, and leafy greens are all great sources of B vitamins. So, eat plenty of them while you’re recovering.
This should be obvious, but limit your alcohol intake when you return home from a festival. It can trigger migraines and it’s a vasodilator, meaning that it increases blood flow, which can trigger headaches in some people. It also dehydrates you, which is the opposite of what you want when recovering from the Festival Flu.
Sometimes, people have a hard time adjusting to normal life after spending several days at a music festival. Being surrounded by normies can make you feel out of place, and it can take some time to adjust back to a work or school schedule. To overcome your anxiety, you can try several natural options. CBD oil is a popular natural source that can help with anxiety. A less common plant product is kratom powder. People have reported positive effects with varieties like Red Indo Kratom. Keep in mind that herbal remedies are not meant to replace prescription drugs. So, if you’re experiencing a high level of anxiety, then you should speak to your doctor.
In addition to trying natural remedies, you can cut a few things out. As with headaches, alcohol is something to be avoided when you’re feeling anxious. You should also avoid caffeine as much as possible. So, lay off the coffee until you’re feeling better. Above all else, get some sleep.
Sleep can help you to reduce your anxiety levels, but it has so many other benefits, too. One of the best ways to recover from any illness is to get some sleep. When you sleep, you get a natural boost to your immune system. This can help reduce the likelihood of getting sick, and it can lessen the effects if you are already sick. In addition, it will help you to reduce stress levels, which puts you into a better mood. This helps with recovery too. Your blood pressure goes down when you sleep, which leads to better heart health, and stable blood sugar levels.
Time to Prepare for Your Next Festival
It may be many months before you attend your next music festival. So, bookmark this article and start planning now. In fact, you can change your dietary habits today, as all of these tips are great for overall health, too. Stay optimistic, stay healthy, and we’ll see you at the next event.