Now that we're coming off of another great Woofstock weekend, I though this was a subject that desperately needed to be addressed. Event drop is a serious thing, and it happens to just about everyone. Pup, Handler, Sir, kitten…we all feel that fall from the high that events bring us. These are just a few tips and ideas to help you combat that feeling, and help you get back to your normal as soon as possible. We all want to be ready for the next event, right?
I know it sounds obvious, but taking care of your body can help take care of your brain. Eating healthy can help keep you going through the drop, and make it easier to manage. Instead of loading up on junk food, make sure you eat your fruits and veggies, healthy grains, lean meats (if that’s your thing), and don’t overdo it.
Another thing that you probably don’t need to hear, but it still bears repeating. After a good event weekend, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to get some much needed rest. Rarely do we get enough rest during events with all of the fun going on, so take the time to treat yourself right and maybe sleep in a little bit.
Getting tired of me telling you thing you already know? Get up out of bed (after sleeping in), and take a walk. Getting enough blood to the brain is important for healthy brain function, since blood flow brings the brain oxygen and nutrients. Exercise can also boost mood by triggering the release of feel-good hormones and chemicals, like endorphins, which can improve brain health.
Stay in Contact
One of the best ways I have found to help combat the loneliness and isolation I've felt after a big event weekend is to make sure I stay in contact with my loved ones and the same friends I spent time with at the event. By keeping in touch, and letting people know how you're feeling, I've found that it helps me to stagger the drop enough that it doesn't hit nearly as hard. Not only does it help keep you connected, but it can also be a help those same friends combat their own drop.
Don't Jump Right Into Another Scene
Jumping right into another scene might seem like a great idea after a big event, but it can actually make things worse rather than better. Chasing an event with another scene may temporarily alleviate some of the bad feelings brought on by drop, but the fall can put you in an even worse place than before.
Meditation has been practiced since at least 1500 BCE, not only as a way to focus, but as a way to relax and find an inner peace and happiness. Even if you've never done it before, there are many ways for beginners to try meditation. If you decide that isn't your thing, try doing a simple breathing relaxation technique. Either can work wonders to help relax you and minimize the effects of drop.
If you feel like you need help beyond these, please do not hesitate to reach out to a professional. Whether that is a family doctor, a therapist, an emergency room, or a hotline. Seek help if/when you need it.