As the final summer festivals take place, we speak to Hotpod Yoga co-founder Nick Higgins about how to restore and refuel after 5 days of partying hard
Festival Blues. They’re officially a thing. Five days of non-stop partying and roughing it; coupled with a lack of sleep, takes its toll on even the most seasoned Glastonite.
All the while your at the festival, your brain is still being stimulated with the new and exciting things going on in front of you so your adrenaline is pumping, allowing you to cope with a severe lack of sleep. But the minute you remove yourself from this, you experience a crash, almost akin to a withdrawal. What’s fun at the time becomes the source of angst as real-life resumes; leaving the good times feeling like a distant memory.
Getting back to reality is never easy, so we turned to Nick Higgins – yoga teacher and co-founder of Hotpod Yoga to help provide some tips for tackling the blues…
Six step action plan to beat post-festival blues
Go ‘off the grid’
“As tempting as it may be to sit on Instagram, sobbing your way through those memories – take the time to disconnect with that, and reconnect with your day-to-day, in real life. Give yourself a curfew and use that time to be present. Catch up with friends and family, face to face if possible. Turn off your notifications and rekindle your joy for simple pleasures – it is possible, I promise.”
Recharge and reboot
“Taking the time to nurture your mood back to positivity is important. We designed Hotpod Yoga to be completely unique, in that by going into one of our pods – diffused with soothing scents and heated to a cosy 37ºc – provides a cocoon, a respite from the world. Couple this with yoga, proven to soothe body and mind – and we challenge you not to feel rejuvenated when you emerge.”
Sleep it off
“Here comes the good news – you’re not camping anymore and it’s time to catch up on sleep. If you do find that your post-partying sleep is fragmented, try not to check the clock. Researchers at Harvard Medical School investigated how a daily yoga practice might affect sleep for some people suffering with insomnia and found broad improvements to measurements of sleep quality and quantity – so give it a go.”
Re-fuel the right way
“Diet plays a huge part in your mood and energy levels. No more street food for breakfast. In countries where fish consumption is low, depression rates as much as ten times higher than places where it is high. Other proven mood-boosting foods include turkey, tuna, and chicken, which have an amino acid called tryptophan, which may help you make serotonin. Also go for nuts (especially walnuts) and plenty of dark green leafy vegetables.”
Don’t stop moving
“A recent study of 1.5 million people found that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise (Source: The Lancet Psychiatry Journal 2018). This is all the more reason to get moving, no matter how tempting it is to hide under the duvet. Don’t push your body too far though. Try a light yoga class or a long walk to help get the blood circulating around tired and weary limbs.”
Blast out the music
“OK, so you might not be in a field listening to The Killers crooning away anymore, but you can still make the most of the power of music. In a study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat music significantly improved the listener’s mood. Hotpod Yoga works with up and coming DJ’s to create completely bespoke playlists for its sessions, check out our SoundCloud.”
Take advantage of Hotpod’s Intro offer which gives unlimited yoga for one week for just £15.