I first heard this expression from Peppe Östensson. It describes the withdrawal we all feel after a workshop. We’re mentally exhausted and physically depleted. Plus, you’re leaving the people who have become your family over the last two weeks. You’ve created deep bonds, and now you’re trying to fit yourself back into real life.

It’s going to take a little bit of time.

If you can, pamper yourself today: Rest, eat well, sleep, watch a movie, re-connect with friends and family, take a walk in sunshine and fresh air, or get a massage. Or do all of those! If you can’t, make a date with yourself to do this as soon as possible! Without recuperation, you’ll take much longer to get back into the swing of things, and may even get sick (sometimes, that’s your body’s way of making you rest, whether you want to or not). Additionally, you may want to completely change your life and do stage combat all the time, especially after workshops like Certification Intensives or a non-certification conference like the Paddy Crean. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like after the Worlds! I’m a firm believer in following your heart, but give yourself a day to rest before you start changing the world.

Be kind to yourself today. You’ll need some good self-care to get back to normal.

This is the conclusion of the daily #Nationals2014 blog posts.