6 Ways to Cure the Post-Festival Blues
Bad case of the post-festival blues?
Feeling down in the dumps after attending an awesome music festival? You’re not alone. This phenomena is known the post-festival blues; it’s a very common feeling that a majority of frequent festival attendees endure. You spend weeks, sometimes months, eagerly waiting in anticipation for that weekend to come. Time flies when you’re having so much fun and, next thing you know, it’s Monday again and you have to return to the real world. Read along to understand how the post-festival blues are caused and to see what you can do about it.
Common symptoms of the post-festival blues
In my experience, some of the most common symptoms of the post-festival blues include but are not limited to the following:
- Sluggishness or laziness in the week(s) following the festival
- Looming sadness for the simple fact that you are no longer in the festival environment
- Overall lack of energy and enthusiasm
- Continuous reminiscing of festival memories (i.e.: constantly looking at pictures, videos, etc.)
You can have mild symptoms, only one or two of them or, in severe cases, have all of the above. Either way, it’s certainly a real thing that myself and many other fest-goers have experienced in the past.
The actual cause
The highs that you feel when you are enveloped in utopian music festival atmospheres are often so enjoyable and so life-changing that you become depressed as soon as it’s all over. The lows and tribulations that you experience in your daily life serve as a reminder to how much you actually miss the festival environment. Music festivals are a place where all individuals, no matter their background, can form incredible connections with complete strangers and discover their true identities. Thus, when you leave such an environment, you try to cope by reminiscing on all of the amazing times that you had.
Pair that along with the chemical imbalances in the brain caused by foreign substances such as alcohol and recreational drugs, and this can lead to a recipe for a severe case of the post-festival blues in the days and weeks following a music festival.
6 ways to cure the post-festival blues and depression
1) Take on some new hobbies
Humans, by nature, are creatures of social habit. We depend on human relationships for survival. Some people may prefer to have their “me” time after exerting so much energy at a music festival, however, for most, being alone after a music festival can be toxic.
In order to avoid this downward spiral of the post-festival blues, I suggest that you take on some new hobbies. This will get you out into a social environment where you can connect with other like-minded individuals (*cough* very similar to what you do at music festivals). There are thousands of different hobbies that you can take on, some of my favorites include:
- Social functions from meetup.com
- Recreational/intramural team sports like Basketball, Kickball, Softball, etc.
- Group fitness classes like Yoga, Dance, etc.
- Extracurricular clubs and activities (for college students)
2) Support local shows
This is my personal favorite method. Attending local shows is one of the best ways to get your mind out of the gutter and conquer the post-festival blues. Although they may not feature the biggest names or most popular artists, you will discover a scene of individuals with the same ideals and interests as yourself. Music lovers don’t simply leave it all out at the festival; we turn it into a way of life and dive, head-first, into the culture.
Support local artists and expand your musical horizons by exploring and discovering underground talent. In so doing, you will develop your passion and love for the music scene.
3) Begin planning your next music festival
Another great way to combat the post-festival blues is to begin focusing on your next music festival adventure. Start doing some research and decide on which festival you want to attend next. The sooner the better!
The price tag attached to many festivals these days is pretty overwhelming, especially if you’re a student barely making ends meet. If you fall under this category, I would definitely recommend volunteering for your next music festival. Festivals are always looking for hard-working volunteers and most of the time they will give you a free ticket just for helping out.
These positions are in high demand and often hard to come by due to the perks that come with them. Normally, festival organizers will put out the applications months in advance; keep an eye out on social media and be sure to apply early for your chance to be accepted.
4) Focus on your health and well-being
After a music festival, you are mentally drained and emotionally exhausted. One of the best ways to get past this is by indulging in some hearty meals and getting a couple night’s worth of good sleep.
Another way to combat the post-festival blues is to partake in some form of cardiovascular exercise; whether it’s walking, jogging, or simply hitting the weights. Your body will begin to sweat out all those toxins and clear itself back to its normal functioning state. Beyond that, you want to ensure that you drink enough water to help your body regulate itself back to normal.
By focusing on your health, you’re essentially killing two birds with one stone. You’re taking your mind off the gloominess that is the post-festival blues AND you are preparing yourself mentally and physically for your next adventure.
5) Bring the positive energy into your day-to-day life
Once you get back from the festival, keep the good vibes going strong. Bring all of that positivity and open-mindedness back with you into your personal life. Share your experiences with friends and family. Continue spreading the vibes with those people that you interact with. Be friendly and respectful of everyone and everything (this includes nature and our environment).
I’m a firm believer in the concept of karma and music festivals always serve as a good reminder that you get out what you put in. Keep sharing that positive energy with the world and you will start to notice that the world gradually returns the favor over time.
Lastly, a terrific way to beat those post-festival blues is to travel to new, foreign destinations. Traveling to foreign destinations allows you to reap many benefits:
- Get the same rush of excitement that you do when you go to music festivals
- Opens your mind to new cultures and ways of living
- Takes you out of your comfort zone to become more imaginative and creative
- Introduces you to new people and experiences
Beginning and making new adventures (of any kind) will surely help to cure those post-festival blues. However you want to do it, just make sure that you do not sulk in the depression. Remember, the first and most important thing that you can do to cure the post-festival blues is to get out and do anything!
How do you cope with the post-festival blues? Do you have any other tried and true tricks that serve to cure the post-festival blues? Share them in the comment section below!