Protests calling for the dissolution of the special anti-robbery squad unit (SARS) and reform of the Nigeria Police Force are getting bigger.
Engaging in a protest against police brutality such as the #EndSARS campaign can be physically and mentally draining.
Protestors know that standing up for their rights come with a lot of risk ranging from police violence and robbery to the possibility of collapsing on the move.
Combine this with the physical stress of standing, walking and chanting for a long period of time and you will feel depleted by the time you get back home.
After a long day of protest, it is essential to care for your body, both physically and mentally so that ‘you can live to protest another day’.
These tips will guide you on what exactly you ought to do after a long day of protesting.
Drink enough water
Protesting can be tough and one may not get the chance to grab a drink or get food to eat.
Standing, walking or chanting on an empty stomach for a long period of time without water can make you feel dizzy or light-headed.
The human body needs an average of six to eight glasses of fluid in a day to maintain optimum hydration, metabolism and normal functioning of the vital organs.
As soon as you get home, take a glass of water, to quench your thirst and cool your body.
Take a cool shower
Get into the bathroom and take a cool shower.
Apart from cooling down your body, it will help reduce muscle soreness from the long walk you took during the day.
A massage will go a long way
After the day you’ve had, your body deserves some love.
If you have somebody that will give you a quick rubdown, go for it!
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a rub to soothe aching muscles and help you relax better.
Get yourself a plate of food
Still in the spirit of treating yourself right, a plate of food is the next thing on the menu.
Is there a need to preach eating to anyone? I don’t think so.
The next course of action is to go to bed. If you are not feeling sleepy yet, lay in bed and watch a movie.
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