I woke up this morning with the hopes that it was 4 am so that I could go to my 5 am gym time but when I looked at the clock, it was 8 am. This was a result of shooting two weddings back to back for consecutive weekends. That got me to think, I NEED TO RECOVER! So here are a few recovery tips for wedding vendors that work multiple consecutive wedding days.
Tip #1: Rehydrate
According to Harvard School of Public Health, “Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.
Experts recommend drinking roughly 11 cups of water per day for the average woman and 16 for men. And not all of those cups have to come from plain water; for example, some can come from water flavored with fruit or vegetables (lemons, berries, or orange or cucumber slices), or from coffee or tea.”
This will feed your brain and body on the way to recovery.
Tip #2: Stretch and Roll
After a long day of poor form while shooting and carry heavy equipment, our muscles are strained and there can be a lactic acid build-up. Stretching can help your muscles recover from the intense work you put it through and get a foam roller, pizza roller or even a wine bottle (you can drink the wine too) to knead out your muscles and lactic acids. This will reduce soreness and speed up recovery. Stretch out the joints/muscles that are used the most during those days.
Tip #3: Sleep
Getting proper sleep will give your body the time it needs to heal. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.
Tip #4: Mental Health Recovery
The body and mind work in unity with each other, when one is out of alignment, the other suffers to compensate. Therefore, find time to remove yourself from your work and do activities that you enjoy or spend time with your loved ones. Go see a mid-day movie by yourself or treat yourself out to a nice lunch; become a masterdater; let me know if you don’t know what that means and I can explain it to you further. The mind is equally as important as the body so don’t neglect it.
These are just a few easy steps that can help you recover, you know yourself best so do what is best for you.
HOWEVER YOU DO IT, JUST DO IT