10 tips on how to survive a hangover
Right, so let’s level with each other straight away – There’s absolutely no way to negate the effects of a hangover completely.
The only option you have, is to grit your teeth and get on with it. But between me and you, there’s a lot of ways you can make it slightly less worse.
So here’s my personal list of tips on how to survive a hangover:
1) Preventative measures
- Drink slightly less
- Be sure to coat your stomach with something carb heavy, like this pizza
- Make sure you have nothing to do the day after! Or at least until in the afternoon of the next day… This may also mean figuring out a creative excuse to get off work.
- Furthermore, you need to EAT on your night out as well – I’ve always found that eating when you get in during the early hours will make your feel dramatically better.
- Make sure you cram at least 7 hours of sleep in before you have to wake up
2) Follow your usual hygiene routine(s)!
- I know being hungover is a great excuse to just hang out in your dirty pajamas and binge watch Netflix – BUT you can for sure do this without wallowing in your own filth. As soon as you wake up haul your drunk ass into the shower and scrub up! Same goes for cleaning your teeth when you get in, you will feel infinitely better when you wake up.
3) Stopping nausea / vomiting
- The ugliest part of a hangover, nothing says “I had a bit too much to drink” like a projectile spray of kebab & red wine.
- The best thing to do when nauseous, unfortunately, is to puke your guts up. This is pretty easy to do, if anything it’s much harder to hold it down. If you even attempt to do this you’ll have a very unpleasant time.
- Once the nausea / vomiting begins to subside, eat something very neutral & light (toast and crackers are great examples of this) and sip on diluted fruit juice to restore some of the sugars you painted the wall with.
4) Engage in physical activity (briefly)
- Just a short burst of cardio can get your blood pumping and release endorphins that’ll have you feeling better in no time.
- A brief list of non stressful activities you could undertake :
- A quick walk to the supermarket
- A light jog / bike ride followed by a sit down in the park
- A swim (cold water, surprisingly can shock you into feeling better!)
- Sexual intercouse.
5) Avoid heavy carbs the day after, stick to protein & vegetables
- Going in to heavy on your hangover will stop you dead, it’s advisable to have something light - like this, eggs have been scientifically proven to positively affect your hangover, so get chomping!
6) Drink lots & lots of water.
- This is literally your number 1 priority, one of the reasons you’ll feel bad during a hangover is due to alcohols diuretic effect, you shouldn’t just be drinking water when you get in from your debaucherous night out – you should also drink on your waking & throughout the day.
7) Take drugs (The over the counter kind silly)
- If you’re feeling sluggish, have a cup of coffee for a caffeine kick back to s ober reality.
- If you have a headache, it’s advisable to take paracetamol or ibuprofen, since a headache is one thing you can sort out fairly easily.
8) Think positively
- There’s nothing worse than a bout of depression or anxiety when hungover, always try to keep in the best frame of mind and surround yourself with good people!
- Remember to tell yourself that it won’t be much longer until you feel like your normal self again, be sure to put a smile on it.
9) Hair of the dog (Get drunk again)
- This is one for the brave, but something I’m sure we’ve all indulged in .
- Knock back something easy like a ginger beer and get back on the wagon, of course this will only delay the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal commonly displayed as a hangover, as temporary measures go it’s a pretty good one.
10) Sleep it off
- There’s no shame in admitting defeat, if you’re feeling that truly rotten and have no reason to leave the house, crawl back into bed and get napping.