For many athletes and fitness competitors, the excitement, goal-setting, and anticipation that come with a competition are no surprise. The depression-like funk that arises just after it’s all over, however, can be unexpected.

You may suddenly feel empty without a deadline, or depressed now that your ever-enlarging goal is suddenly deflated.

Your mind doesn’t have a singular focus and your body starts slipping away from its peak nearly overnight. But you’re far from alone. It’s has been reported that many Olympia champions have struggled with is known as “Post-Competition Depression”.

So here are some tips for first-timers and veterans alike on the best ways to beat the lows after chasing such a big.