How to handle hangxiety like a pro
There’s a game the mind loves to play on us after a big night or weekend, and it involves tapping into our low sense of self. You know the feeling, waking up hanging, and then the torturous irrational thoughts creep in…
“Did I make a fool of myself last night?”, “Did I offend anyone?”, the self-loathing, worry and anxiety about what did or didn’t happen can be crippling. So how to deal with it? Read on…
COACH YOURSELF THROUGH IT
Try to counter the negative self-talk and doubt by looking on the bright side, or talking yourself through the anxiety. Be realistic and use a kind, calming tone to counteract any anxiety.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Run yourself a nice bath, schedule a walk, or some other type of wholesome, grounding activity. Nothing strenuous, in fact, the more relaxing, the better. The mind can go into overdrive when you’re strung out and depleted, so make time to sleep, rest and chill. With your energy restored, those anxious aspects of your mind will naturally calm down.
TALK TO OTHERS
Sometimes we don’t have the will, or influence, to talk ourselves out of a sticking situation. Speaking to friends or family about how you’re feeling can often be very helpful; 1) simply because it will give you the space to express yourself and 2) they may give you advice that you hadn’t thought of.
EAT BEFORE BED
Have something nourishing before bed. This will help to counteract the impact of toxins absorbed during your night out and help ease the hangxiety. Follow this up the next day by replenishing your feel good hormones with a good solid meal. Avoid overeating, and heavy processed food. Lots of fresh fruit and veg should be your go to.
Make sure you stay conscious of your fluid intake. Drink water, but also focus on boosting your salts and sugars. Drinks like coconut water, as well as using electrolytes in your water, will reinvigorate your system with much needed salts such as potassium and sodium.
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