Listening to live music, playing the ukulele, swinging in a hammock, blowing bubbles, drinking kombucha, taking selfies and posting it all on Instagram.
Ah…it’s hipster music festival season, where musicians, artists, yogis and modern mystics gather to dance, sweat, and explore the mysteries of philosophy, song and spirituality.
But somewhere in the middle of staring at your phone, catching your favorite band live and acro-yoga with a group of girls you’ve just met, you may find yourself feeling a bit out of whack.
Especially introverts and empaths, who find being around thousands of people in a high-energy and fast-paced environment overstimulating.
Fear not, sensitive people. I’ve been there and done that and am here to share some tips on how to protect and recharge your energy at a music festival.
Use Your Crystals
This is where I might lose a lot of you, but hear me out. According to Judy Hall, who is known as the “Mother of Crystals,” if you hold an amber crystal over your head for five minutes in the morning your energies will be protected all day.
She also recommends using shungite, which I’m currently obsessed with, because quite frankly it’s magical.
Shungite includes a special form of carbon called fullerenes. The discovery of fullerenes earned Robert F. Curl Jr., Sir Harold W. Kroto and Richard E. Smalley the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry. Russian and Ukrainian scientists have found that fullerenes can absorb organic pollutants from water and electromagnetic energy.
Can you guess what is the only thing on Earth that contains up to 98% fullerenes? Shungite! The only other place you can find it is on a meteorite. Take that pseudo-science conspiracy haters!
The Herbs, The Word
Although scientific studies have come back inconclusive, you’ll find bay leaves burning, alongside sage, in many yoga studios.
Linalool, a compound found in bay leaves, is said to help relieve anxiety.
In one study, bay leaf essential oil, when given to mice at “anticonvulsant doses … produced sedation and motor impairment.” That same study found support for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and insect repelling properties.
I burn bay leaves for stress relief and use them in a few spells here and there. I’ve also created my own, highly effective, insect repellent mist with water, bay leaves, tea tree and citronella essential oils.
Do your research and consult a certified aromatherapist before dabbling in essential oils.
Find an energy healer
Stop rolling your eyes, energy healing is legit and has deep and ancient roots in Eastern cultures and medicine.
Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to allow healing to take place within your body. This will definitely come in handy when the vibe suddenly shifts
from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to Mean Girls in 0.2 seconds at the festival.
Make sure you have some cash, I’ve seen reiki healers charge $1 a minute to unblock chakras, and massage therapist taking walk-ins for $45 for 30-minute therapeutic massages.
To be honest, I’d be pretty wary of a music festival that doesn’t have energy healers in the crowd. They’re practically angels on Earth.
Doodle, color, paint
Remember a few years ago when adult coloring was all the rage for stress reduction? That’s because it works. Pack some pencils, crayons, paints and paper to release tension and stress when needed. If you’re worried about the rain, pick up some water-proof paper ahead of time.
Stop, drop and meditate
Sometimes being alone with yourself — mindfulness without thought or judgement — is the best way to reduce levels of stress.
If you’re planning on attending Okeechobee Music Fest, you can join in on their attempt to create the largest sound meditation ever at a musical festival mainstage.
“The entire audience will be invited to participate in interactive ways — using collective breath, voice and silence to create a powerful moment of connection with thousands of people”, according to their Instagram post.
Remember the first time you heard a yoga teacher tell you you needed to relearn how to breathe — and thinking she was crazy — only to realize half-way through a hot yoga vinyasa flow, that she was right?
Yeah, me too.
Controlled breathing calms your nervous system, a simple and free way to reduce stress. This will definitely come in handy after the girl in front of you during the Arcade Fire set steps on your toes for the third time.
With your spiritual bags packed, you’re ready to flow with the show.
Namaste, my friend.