5 Ways To Recover From A Hectic Week

As I write this, I’m still finding bits of fake blood in my hair.

Friday I had the pleasure of performing in an amazing show from Palace Productions and Buster Britches called ‘Halfway To Halloween’ at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC.

It was a BLAST, but by the time I got back to Baltimore Friday night I was Wiped. Out.

The kind of wiped out where it takes a good 48 hours to feel somewhat normal again.

Between working my normal hours, attending feminist film screenings, trying to feed myself, practicing for a show, going to yoga so I can actually perform for said show, testing different methods of fake blood application for said show, barely sleeping, dog, taxes, and client sessions, my body said, “NO MORE” and crashed HARD.

I know I’m not alone in this.

Whether it’s your job, extracurriculars, school, or just over-scheduling yourself, many of us will frantically ask “WHY did I do this to myself?!” amongst the many feelings of anxiety and exhaustion.

Because really, we do it to ourselves 90% of the time.

I don’t

have

to necessarily do all the things I do, but you know what? I do.

Because it makes me feel fucking great.

Even during the times of “What the hell is wrong with me for agreeing to all this?”

So now I write to you from Sunday, where after lots of lazing around and Netflix, I present my favorite ways to recover from those oh so crazy weeks we all have.

Sleep

. Duh. Like as much as you want.

During recovery periods adding in extra naps, allowing for early bed times and sleeping in late are all totally cool, and help your body recover.

Also just laying around is a great way to help you feel better.

Liquids.

Water, tea, kombucha and green juices and smoothies are a great way to get back on track.

It’s tempting to turn to caffeine to help perk back up, or a glass of wine to help you relax, but both of those things can actually make the recovery process much longer.

Stick to hydrating liquids like lemon water and broth.

Epson Salt Bath.

This is easily my favorite post-craze ritual.

A hot bath with a cup of Epson salt, a half cup of baking soda, and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

The Epson salt and baking soda are detoxifying, and are a great way get more magnesium in your body (through your skin!).

Magnesium can help you feel more relaxed, and help tired, overused muscles to recover faster.

Deep Breathing Techniques.

Mediation and deep breathing are awesome for getting your body and brain back on track.

I love the

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center’s guided meditations

to help me feel relaxed and grounded.

They vary from 3 to 19 minutes, which is nice when you’re looking for something quick. 

And finally,

Permission To Be Lazy!

On recovery days I hereby give you permission to order in (try to keep it on the healthy side), watch movies all day, read a book, or listen to your favorite podcasts (I really like HayHouseRadio.com, if you’re into that sort of thing).

And don’t feel bad about it!

That being said, Imma wrap this up and get back to my Bob’s Burger’s marathon.

 

What are your favorite ways to recover after a rough week?

Leave a comment below!