Now that festival season is over, the tiredness begins to kick in, and you begin to realize how exhausted you really are. Although buzzed from your incredible experiences, it is hard to keep the excitement up when you suffer from post-festival blues.
Not only may you feel depressed, but you are likely detoxing pretty hard, too. Your skin feels dry and scaly; your scalp feels itchy and parched, while your hair appears like straw. You’ve also likely gorged on unhealthy foods and confections during the entire festival phase, which have left you feeling bloated, sick, and unmotivated to leave your bed.
Here are 4 easy tips on how you can recover your health and detox your body from a weeks (or months) worth of festival season.
1. Re-hydrate & Detox With Healthy Smoothies
Given the current condition of your dry skin and hair, it is no surprise that your body is crying out for hydration and essential nutrients. To treat yourself with a natural detox supplement, whip up an exotic hydration smoothie that is filled with healthy vitamins and nutrients for your skin and hair:
Skin and de-seed a chilled melon — winter melon, watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe, and empty out the flesh. Chop up the fleshy part and put it in a blender along with a small piece of chopped and peeled ginger. Add three or four ice cubes and whip up the ingredients. Once it is finished, it is ready to be served chilled. Melons are incredibly hydrating and alkalizing for the skin and hair. The ginger is also great for providing anti-inflammatory effects, helping to uplift your senses and rejuvenate your fatigued, aching body.
2. Boost Your Mood With Plant-Based Foods
Getting back to reality after week-long festivals can seem a bit bland, but it is important to apply any life lessons you have learned from these festivals and apply it to everyday life. An easy way to boost your mood and get back into a positive frame of mind is by consuming foods that can uplift your mood.
Fruits like bananas, durian, nuts & seeds, legumes, spinach, and more, have high tryptophan levels, which convert to serotonin (the happy chemical) in the brain. To add to the boost, you can skim through all of your festivity photographs while nibbling on these plant-based foods. According to a study conducted by Open University, participants’ moods were improved by an incredible 15% simply by looking at happy photographs.
3. Moisturize and nourish your locks
Long hours spent in the sun without any shade or protective covering for your hair, lack of moisturizing agents to condition your hair, irregular showers and a heavy dependence on dry shampoo has left your hair looking like a bundle of straw. Now that festival season has ended, it is time to take care and moisturize your locks!
One way is to use extra virgin coconut oil or raw macadamia nut oil to make your hair soft and moisturized. Take a little dab of any of these rich oils and gently massage at the ends of your tresses before you blow dry. These nourishing oils are useful in repairing damaged or dry hair and can make your hair appear silky and stress free.
4. Munch on immunity foods
One of the last things that you’re looking forward to is catching a bug after a festival and dreading the thought of nursing it. To protect yourself from getting sick, stock up and chomp on natural foods that can help in strengthening your immune system. For example, opt for nutrient-dense fruit and vegetables and helpful herbs like oregano, basil, cilantro, and dill, as well as turmeric and ginger root. These foods are useful in reinforcing the number of white blood cells in your system, while offering your body the necessary antioxidants to fight any illness!