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The long weekend — the recovery

We’re not talking about recovery parties here, but the post-recovery recovery. The one after all the Easter — how shall we put it — “festivities” have ended. That time when wigs are askew and brains are fried. When the eyes in your head are on the final spin. When the reflection in the mirror resembles Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’. When … well, you get the gist.

Here are tips on how to administer some self-love and replenish the fabulous you.

  • Shut-eye. The best thing you can do now is to refresh your body with sleep. You circadian rhythm will no doubt be out of whack so it’s important to get it back to its normal cycle. Aim for 8-10 hours of Zzzz’s for the next 6 nights.
  • Drink. No, put that margarita down! What you need is water, and plenty of it. Time to flush away all of those nasty toxins that have built up in your body over the last few days. Drink at least two litres of water for the next week.
  • Green tea. Full of antioxidants, green tea is a master reviver. Drink 2-3 cups every day for the next week.
  • Vitamins & minerals. Chances are your body will be starved of nutrients. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables over the next few days to help it rebound.
  • Multivitamins. Alternatively, pop a pill. Multivitamins make you less vulnerable to illness and help accelerate the detoxification process. 
  • Yogurt. Only natural will do. It will help balance out the levels of probiotics in your stomach, as well as aid digestion.
  • Exercise. No need to run a marathon, but some gentle exercise will help you recover faster by eliminating toxins from your system. Exercise increases blood and oxygen to where you need it most — the brain.
  • Finally, think kittens. Banish all negative thoughts. Be kind to yourself. Chill, binge on a box set. Order some comfort food. Dig out those scented candles and luxuriate in a bath of bubbles. Snuggle up, lay low and rejuvenate.   

 

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