How to survive the post-weekender blues

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We’ve all been there. It’s understandable. When you step into the microcosm of a dance weekend all time, space and outside commitments are forgotten. I like to turn my phone off and stay off Facebook for as long as possible to further enhance the feeling. For 72 hours all that there is, is dancing, socializing, dancing, talking about dancing, learning about dancing, reminiscing about dancing and dancing. The Monday morning combination of your endorphin supply being abruptly cut, a total of 6 hours sleep and a 5 hour drive home is enough to make even the hardened dance veteran wince. But fear not. Dance dependent is here to help you through with the ultimate guide to take the edge off those blues.

  1. Music is essential. It’s what got you to that lovely fluffy place and it’s what will bring you down safely too. There are two ways you can go with this. Number one, you can listen to music that you danced to, re-living each delicious moment for the second time. But for some this can be too much, the idea that you aren’t there any more sinking you back down into that dance-less pit. If this is you then I suggest door number two. ANY music that you don’t dance your particular style to. Personally I like a bit of deep house and drum and bass, nothing too musically intricate but something that enhances your sleepy but relaxed state.
  2. Massage / bath. Book in a sports massage or have a bath to get those muscles ready for more dancing.
  3. Keep the high going. This one comes with a warning. Check out my post on dance addiction! Some people like to keep dancing and just never stop, this can only end well? Right? Not for the faint hearted, going dancing at your local on a Monday or even going straight there from a weekender can help ease the pain. But what goes up must come down……
  4. Immerse yourself in social media. Add all your new dance friends, post the “aftermath” status, get all your favourites in a group chat. Dissect the event, the dances, “that” moment. Find comfort in the fact that everyone is just as upset as you that it’s all over.
  5. Sleeeeeeep. For me, getting to bed after a weekender is extremely hard. Your body clock is screwed, normal bedtime is pre-drinking and dancing time. Also in my head, once you hit the pillow, it’s finally over. But trust me on this one, your body wants that bed, and the sooner you give it to it, the better.
  6. Plan the next one. This may not be helping you to come back down to reality but knowing when you can get your next fix should ease the pain.

I think that’s the lot. Good luck with work tomorrow. I feel your pain, no-one will get it, they weren’t there, I know, I know!
Let us know your tips for avoiding the come-down below.

Nick Stephens

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