Pageant Hangover

by michellefieldllc on July 6, 2017

Pageant Hangover

Pageant hangover is very real. It doesn’t matter if you have won or not. Most likely, you have spent months in preparation for this competition. You have spent hours in the gym. You have been on your special pageant diet. Stress and nerves have taxed your body and mind. Finally, the big day has come and gone and now you are feeling the crash. What do you do?

Plan ahead

If possible, plan to take a few days off after the pageant. Whether it’s school or work, those two to three days can be critical for your physical health and your mental health. I have friends who have even planned family vacations following the pageant as part of their pageant week. This break will allow you to process what has happened, catch up on sleep and get yourself back into your routine.

Get back on your normal schedule

Let’s face it. Hotels are noisy and nerves can wreak havoc on your sleep, not to mention the crazy pageant schedules. You may or may not have time to eat on a regular basis. Your body has been in a constant state of stress even if you are excited. The sooner you get back to a normal routine for your sleep/eat cycle, the faster your body will recover.

Eat healthy

If you have deprived yourself of your favorite food for months, you’ll want to devour pizza or burgers for days. Go ahead an have one meal as a reward, then get back to your healthy eating. Good fuel for your body will help it with the recovery phase. You need it for both your physical and mental health. Now is not the time to pig out on junk food.

Plan “me time”

No matter the outcome of your pageant, you need to have scheduled time just for yourself. If you have a family, they will want to spend time with you. This is a good thing, but you still need down time for this recovery time. Go for a walk, get a massage, read a book. Heck, go ahead and binge watch Netflix for a day or a few hours. Do what you need to do to take care of you. Limit your commitments for the week so you can have that down time, then guard it!

Hang with friends

Plan a girls night out or an afternoon shopping with friends. After the first few days of the pageant hangover, it is important to get around your support group. These are the people you can totally let down and just be yourself. This should be a planned time where you can get together and just laugh. Enjoy this time. It shouldn’t be a stressful time, but a time of refreshing. Friends can ground us and lift us up. Spend time with them.

Be gentle with yourself

Emotions will run high following such a big event. Be prepared for mood swings. If you totally loose control, be kind to yourself. Let it go and move on. If you need to ask for forgiveness from someone, do it. Sometimes, our family and closest friends see the worst of us. If they really love you, they will forgive you and move on. It’s forgiving ourselves that is harder. Remind yourself that it is temporary.

Seek help

Within two weeks, you should be feeling like yourself again. If you feel “blue” or down for more than two weeks, please get help. You can talk with your pastor or youth leader. Seek out the school councilor. Check out online sources. You could even contact a psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes, just sharing your feelings with a trusted friend can really make a difference. There is no shame in seeking help. Your mental health is worth it.

If you plan for the pageant hangover, you will be far more prepared for it. The exhaustion and emotions are very real whether you have won or not. You can both survive and thrive through the week following your pageant. As the Boy Scouts say, “be prepared”.

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