You wake up and wonder, "What the hell happened?". Your body is sore and you are mentally exhausted. You stare blankly in the mirror, and flinch as your tongue notices the small cuts in your mouth.
We've all been there, and although it won't be as bad when you take supplements, there are always behavioural things you can introduce to help get you back on track faster. Here are our Top 5 tips about what you can do for faster recovery after an event:
Eat clean & stay hydrated:
Your body has just gone through the wringer. The best you can do for it is to try and get your body back to a healthy baseline. Research has linked good nutrition with better mental health outcomes and poor diets with greater risks of depression and anxiety. It's all too easy to cop that extra unhealthy HSP the night after, or to grab a burger to make yourself feel better, but it's important to try to lean towards healthier alternatives that will help you feel better in the long run. Try to also hydrate with electrolyte-containing fluids, it is often the case that your body is physically exhausted and needs to recover. Look after your body and it will look after your mind.
Sleep is crucial. It has been shown to affect negative changes in rodent studies, and exacerbate mood disorders especially those with predispositions for mental health disorders. This is especially important after an event. It is usually very late when you finish and it is often tempting to try and find ways to prolong the night with your friends. Even if you do manage to find a bed, you often lie there awake, unable to calm yourself down. Therefore, it is best to try and get your body back to its natural circadian rhythm as fast as possible. The melatonin in the supplement stack is designed to help with this.
Physical activity has long been associated with happiness, more energy and an improved mood. Although it might be difficult to get yourself out of bed or even the house the day after. Try to take a small walk around the block. Enjoy the fresh air, the sun or even the rain. Just get those endorphins running in your body. Your brain will thank you for it.
Yes taking breaks and looking after yourself is important. But giving your body enough time in-between events is key. People often quote Ann Shulgin's 3-month rule who said “Now I would advise anyone who wants to use MDMA not to take it more than 4 times a year if you want to continue to get the best effects from it, otherwise you risk losing its effects entirely and permanently.” Anecdotally, this seems to hold true. Although studies with rodents and on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy use doses less than 120mg between 3 to 5 weeks apart. Be smart about it and don't try to overdo it.
Don't overthink it. The less you analyse how you feel, the better. Stay positive and reach out to your friends. From the Acid Test by Tom Schroder, subjects who took only sugar pills reported more depressed feelings following sessions than those who took MDMA.