We’ve all been there: It’s Monday morning the day after ULTRA/EDC/HARD/fill-in-the-blank festival and you’ve already hit snooze three times. You’re out of sick days or you’ve got a big deadline coming up you can’t afford to miss. Bleary-eyed, you stumble your way through your morning routine, accidentally putting your shirt on inside out and backwards… twice. Somehow you make it into the office in one piece. Sitting down at your desk, you put your pounding head in your hands and wonder how you’re going to make it through the day alive.
Fear not, festival-goers. ElectroStub has come to your rescue with our ultimate Post-Festival Survival Kit, including the Top 10 items you need to survive your post-festival hangover.
Water Okay, so you didn’t drink a glass of water between the drinks you downed this weekend. Make up for your mistake by nursing a bottle of water (or two or three) as you check your email. Drink enough, and you should feel the churning in your stomach and the pain between your eyes start to ease up with each sip.
Painkillers Over-the-counter painkillers like Aspirin or Advil will help ease the aches and pains you feel after a weekend of raging. Be sure to stick to products that contain an anti-inflammatory agent like ibuprofen but NOT acetaminophen (found in Tylenol), which can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol and other toxins in your bloodstream.
Eye Drops Your eyes are usually the first part of your body to suffer the effects of dehydration brought on by non-stop dancing, drinking, and dropping the bass. Apply eye drops frequently throughout the day to relieve redness, irritation, and unnecessary questions from your co-workers.
Coffee or Green Tea Though the effects of coffee are short term, the caffeine will give you an unmistakable wake-up buzz and, in most cases, ease your raging headache. (Just be sure to sip some water in-between each extra-hot Venti House Blend or risk making your headache worse.) Not a coffee drinker? No problem. Green tea is healthy and full of antioxidants – and caffeine.
Eggs Fried, scrambled, poached, it’s up to you, just scarf them down ASAP. Eggs contain cysteine, an amino acid that is said to boost liver function and help your body break down remaining toxins faster.
A Comb/Dry Shampoo Obviously you didn’t make it out of bed in time to shampoo and style your hair. Want to hide the fact you haven’t slept in three days from your boss? Comb your hair. Nothing says, “I’d rather be asleep than be at work today” than bed head. Drag yourself to the bathroom, spray in some Frederic Fekkai (or sprinkle in some baby powder if you don’t keep dry shampoo at home) and comb through those tangles before anybody notices the bird’s nest on top of your head.
Headphones You might be thinking, “I have enough pounding going on inside my head right now and the last thing I want is more noise.” Right. We get it. However, wearing headphones is a great way to deter unwanted visitors from your work space. When you hear someone call your name, simply bob your head along to the “music” and pretend you don’t hear them. It’s not rude… it’s necessary.
Scented Candles Certain candles produce scents that help to allow the body to better relax while others help to rejuvenate the mind and maintain alertness. Light a few candles with scents such as jasmine, cinnamon, or frankincense in your office or at your desk to keep you from falling into a mid-afternoon slump.
Vitamins Heavy alcohol consumption rids your body of vitamins, especially B vitamins. Take a B-complex vitamin to help restore balance in your body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help to counteract some of the damage done the night before thanks to your excessive drinking and poor decision-making.
Sports Drinks While you may not feel like doing more exercise than it takes to go from the bathroom to your desk and back again, sports drinks like Gatorade will replenish the electrolytes you lost while dancing the night away. Choose your favorite flavor and sip throughout the day to keep yourself from slipping back into dehydrated misery.