In my comments section of a recent post, a couple people asked for an explanation of sub drop. My teacher training returned, and i figured if 2 people asked, more are probably wondering. I did a little research and from my most recent experience i have some knowledge to impart. But i am going to ask those of you who are more 'in the know' to please add to the discussion.
Sub drop occurs when one goes from an endorphin high back to 'normalcy'...i put normalcy in quotes, since i consider that a pretty subjective term. So, during a long or intense play session our body releases endorphins, that is what makes us raise our bottom for more, sends us to a place where the pain is not the the most important sensation, leaves us thinking...WOW! I guess similar to a state of euphoria.
When the endorphins recede, the high feeling becomes a low feeling....the higher the high, the lower the low can be. In my case, at first i thought i was getting the flu or a bad cold...that feeling that all was not right. I woke up exhausted, one of the great joys of retirement is being able to roll back and go back to sleep. I awoke a bit more rested, but still feeling very melancholy. I turned on the the TV and the talk show i was watching made me tear up. That is when i started to wonder what the heck was going on???
Quite by chance i had read an article a couple of weeks ago on sub drop. Master and i had a fairly intense play time on Thursday. A light bulb went on, and i decided to just be extra nice to myself during the day, took a nap, and i was feeling better by the time evening came along. In the article i read, it said the sub drop could last a few days.
A way to help prevent sub drop is with after care....being held, snuggling, hydrating, etc.
Now, Master and i have been at this a while and this is the first time i can recall feeling such a way. Master always, always, is wonderful with after care. After a punishment it consists of hugs and the knowledge that all is forgiven, and His checking on me to be sure i am OK. After play sessions, the after care consists of many hugs, cuddles, snuggling on His lap, caresses, soft, sweet chats, naps...you get the idea. There was after care on Thursday, but sub drop occurred anyway.
Hope this helps....