Do you believe in life after Lollapalooza?

Follow these steps to make a full Lolla recovery

WRITTEN BY: Sara Hall
Lollapalooza 2012 recovery
Image Source: Raztaz42 via Wikimedia Commons
Lollapalooza 2012 recovery

If you attended Lollapalooza this weekend and you’re not superhuman, you’re probably still reeling from the aftermath of 10-hour days battling the elements -- we know you know the sun, rain and, of course, mud was not a joke. That’s not even to mention the post-Lolla heartache you’re probably experiencing, something that feels like a bad breakup (with someone with the best taste in music) that will take some time to get over. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to make a complete recovery.

1) Hydrate
If you’re like most people who attended Lolla, you’re probably feeling dried up like Spongebob on that episode where he endlessly searches for water. (We know you know what we’re talking about.)
To combat this, Mayo Clinic recommends you drink the equivalent of 60 percent of your body mass in ounces of water, but you might want to up that dosage in the next few days. Drinking a little more water than normal is never a bad thing, especially if you were of age and added alcohol, a surefire way to get dehydrated, to the mix.

2) Sleep Even if you just went for one day, and especially if you made it through all three days, we’re sure you’re riding the struggle bus this afternoon and probably will be for the rest of the day (or week). So even if you’re not the type of person who likes to switch up your bedtime, it’s probably for your benefit to add a few hours of quality Zzzs to your sleep schedule tonight. You’ll thank yourself later.

3) Check out new artists
Maybe a friend dragged you along to a show or you just happened to stumble on a new band while you were waiting for another to start.
Either way, music festivals like Lollapalooza are a perfect opportunity to check out new artists you may have never heard of before.
Heard something you liked? Check them out on Spotify, YouTube or the artist’s own website. Look around for free playlists -- you may be surprised what you find.

4) ...and any performances you may have missed.
Aside from the physical aftermath that Lolla brings, we know there’s another kind of pain you’re experiencing: the emotional distress that comes from conflicting set times.
You know, that inevitable guilt for having to choose to see Frank Ocean instead of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Passion Pit instead of The Shins, Jack White instead of Justice.
Luckily for you, Lollapalooza feels your pain and is looking out for you by having many of the sets up on their Youtube channel. Check it out here.

5) Relive the memories.  Sure, Lollapalooza is just another big-name music festival, but it’s our big-name music festival.
Over the past three days, we grew to love it and are now experiencing Post Lolla Depression. To help cope with the pain, check out any photos you may have taken over the weekend.
Read some articles and reviews of the event. Remember what it was like to be stuck in that whirlwind music experience because it was just that: an experience that you'll always remember.
Alright. Now rest up, and start planning for next year.

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