Is post-concert depression real? The short answer. Yes, it is. It has been three months since I experienced this first hand. So I thought I would share the story with you guys.
Exactly 3 months ago I went to see BTS at Wembley in London. It was such an amazing experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am so happy I got the opportunity to see them. During the concert, the atmosphere was incredible, and I can’t remember being as happy as I was there. Being in the same room as my favourites. Singing and chanting along with the thousands of other fans. I loved and adored every minute of it.
I was also very proud of myself. This was my first ever concert, and the first time I had travelled as far as London without my family since my anxiety got worse. I would never have gone to a big event like that a few years ago!
I still remember the moment when they started singing Mikrokosmos for us and when they were saying goodbye. I was crying from happiness at this point anyway, but a wave of sadness hit me. I realised that it was over and that I may never get to experience that specific happiness again. Because as many know, it is rather difficult to get hold of tickets to see them.
When they left the stage, and the show has properly ended… I felt so sad and depressed. It was over, just like that. Little did I know, this feeling would last longer than I thought. It wasn’t something I could sleep off. It was posted concert depression.
What Is Post Concert Depression?
Post-concert depression is pretty much the same process as grief. It starts when the artists disappear from the stage. That is the moment the denial starts. The denial that it’s over and you may never see them again. Eventually, the depression will hit. You will ache for the feeling and adrenaline you felt the night of the concert and want to travel back in time to be there in that moment again.
Back To Reality
Going back to work practically straight after the concert was difficult. It really properly hits you when you get back to reality. I still remember my first day back. I kept thinking about the concert and longing for the feeling. I wanted to go back to when I was at work and excited about the concert because the feeling of missing it was awful. The first day back, I didn’t feel like my usual self at work at all. It was enough that I had to warn people at work about it. Luckily it only lasted a day or two, and then I managed to push through the feeling when I was working and not let it affect me.
At home, it was a different matter. I kept watching the same videos of the concert and trying to find better quality versions. I wanted to imagine I was back there so the happy feeling would come back. Also, I literally couldn’t listen to their finale song (Mikrokosmos) for a good month after the concert without crying. Luckily I can listen to it now. It is an amazing song. I’d hate to be deprived of it.
I remember saying “I want to go back” to my best friend at the concert many times. She felt the same way, and we still do!
Can You Get Over Post Concert Depression?
Eventually, I believe that the amount of time depends on the concert’s atmosphere and how happy it made you. For me, being there was the happiest I had felt for a long time. So I was going to miss it. I don’t believe there is any way to get over post-concert depression specifically. Just try to occupy your mind, and eventually, it will pass.
Now when I think about the concert, I look back and smile. I smile because I was lucky enough to be there in the first place. What’s the point of feeling sad that it’s over? Feel happy that you were there and got to experience it. You need to remember that life always goes on and you can’t relieve any special moments. That’s just life.
In hindsight, I feel so stupid for feeling like that when the concert ended. But I couldn’t help it. It just happened, and I couldn’t control it. However, despite the strong feeling of post-concert depression that I experienced… I wouldn’t change a thing. I am so glad that I went to the concert and will definitely not be put off going to another one because of it. That would be a little bit silly if it did, don’t you think?
Post-concert depression is definitely a real thing!
Thank you so much for reading this post. Have you ever experienced post-concert depression? What concert did you see? Please let me know in the comments. I would love to know that I’m not the only person who experienced this.
Ruth (ColourfulHope) xoxoxo