For some people the endorphins kick in and the high lasts for a couple of days after a performance. For me my body’s engine keeps running while I am physically and mentally exhausted. My sleep patterns and eating patterns are minimized. I am ravenous, but nothing satisfies until I solve the next gap in the work. The extreme focus of rehearsal, the act of performing, and then the critiquing process afterward takes days and days for me to recover from. I feel depressed, and at the same time elated about the accomplishment. I find it next to impossible to concentrate on a new project the next day, especially a scheduled project meeting with the goal of polishing my latest manuscript.
When the meeting ended, I escaped to my home into my bedroom with the door shut behind me, and regrouped for several hours.
I will avoid this self-defeating pattern. I definitely need to rest.