By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Pride is over, but you might still feel the aftereffects of a long party weekend of parties, after-hours, and many other things that will keep you partying on and on! Like most people, you need to do a pretty quick turnaround and get back to your daily responsibilities without having the post-Pride exhaustion looming over you – here are some tips for a speedy recovery.

  1. Get Rest

It goes without saying, but you need to catch up on sleep. But although napping on the couch may seem like the way to go, the better strategy is to go to bed early, so you don’t mess up your sleep pattern further throughout the week.

  1. Get Some (Light) Exercise

You probably feel like you just did a marathon after your weekend of partying, and exercise may be the last thing on your mind. However, some light activities like a walk or simply getting outside in the fresh air and sun are welcome changes to the club’s darkness.

  1. Hydrate

Water is the most effective way to cleanse your system, so drink plenty of water. Water with electrolytes is best, so get the best hydration.

  1. Eat Sensibly

Although you may be craving an extra serving of fries with those burgers and extra-large pizza, there is really good reason to try and eat sensibly. Perhaps you haven’t been observing mealtimes properly or maybe not eaten at all, so your body is craving nutrients and vitamins! You should deny yourself that recovery meal, but maybe get a side salad to go with those fries.

  1. 5HTP

Although we in no way condone the use of drugs, it would be ignorant to deny that drug use has taken place during the celebration of Pride. Taking 5HTP or 5-Hydroxytryptophan, which can be purchased at any pharmacy or health store, can help to replenish your serotonin levels after ingesting recreational drugs. It works as a neurotransmitter that helps moderate the transmission of signals between nerve cells.

  1. Wellness Your Life

After a weekend of thousands of impressions, it’s time to create some balance. Indulge in your favorite wellness rituals, do some restorative yoga, or book a well-deserved massage or facial for a moment of deep relaxation.

  1. No Shame

You may be a little down after a weekend where you feel you may have overindulged in all of it. Instead of feeling bad about what you may have done or focusing on how lousy you feel after the party weekend, remember how fabulous the weekend was. Look at photos from the events you attended and try to change your perspective.

Feeling tired and a little down after an epic party weekend is to be expected but is an expected and natural part of your partying experience. Luckily, you can play an active role in aiding your body and mental state to recover – and just remember that it is a marathon, not a sprint!