What’s one golden rule? Never under estimate a hangover. Read on and find out how you can turn yours into a disappearing act, without having to put much effort in at all.
It’s time to address the problem that loves to make itself known this season. We’re talking about hangovers. And if you’re caught up thinking about your Christmas and New Year’s party outfits and occasions, then perhaps their aftermath needs to be taken into consideration. The days of “I’ll shake it off in no time” may be long gone when it comes to hangovers, and perhaps that less than desirable state that follows a great night out can put you out of action for far longer than you’d like.
Find out how you can have your Christmas party cake, and eat it, by conquering the dreaded hangover.
PRE HANGOVER PREP
Have you ever thought about helping your hangover, even before the night has started? Just a few simple tasks that can be quickly completed a few hours ahead, will make all the difference. Post-party you will be thankful.
- Lay out your softest, snuggest pair of pyjamas so that you can be greeted in absolute comfort when you return from your occasion. This way you won’t have to think about anything other than getting into bed and it may help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Lay out the perfect hangover outfit for the next morning. Make sure to pick the cosiest, softest loungewear that you have so that you can sink into your outfit and relax.
- Do all your chores and cleaning so that tomorrow, you can totally unwind.
- A quick trip to the shops the morning ahead, or a few extra additional to your weekly food shop will give you the chance to stock up on next day essentials that are good for you and your hangover.
The ultimate hangover shopping list:
- Bottles of water
- Coconut water
- Sports drink with electrolytes
- Face masks
- A small treat or two
HELP YOUR HANGOVER WHILST YOU’RE PARTYING
Just because you’re having a great time, doesn’t mean that you need to suffer later. Be mindful of what you drink and what you do once you’re at your event, as these may impact you more than you’d like the next day.
- Of course, this season is about having fun and enjoying yourself, but consider the impact that alcohol could have on your wider health. Make sure to drink in moderation. And let’s not forget, the more that you drink, the more likely that something embarrassing may occur…
- Steer away from cocktails or drinks that will be too sugary as these can cause sickness and a drop in blood sugar. If coconut water is available as a mixer, then this could really help a hangover. Coconut water is high in potassium which can help to replenish and rehydrate.
- Drink lots of water. Rather than saving it for when you get home, try to have one glass of water for every drink. And if this isn’t possible, then make sure to have a big glass or two when you get home.
- Protect yourself from sore feet. Perhaps some flat shoes can be rolled into your bag and swapped with heels if you plan on a lot of dancing.
GET YOUR BODY BACK IN BALANCE
After a naughty night off, it’s important to restore some balance and harmony to your body. Hangovers can be quickly cured through what you put inside you, so treat your body like a temple and you’ll soon feel the benefits.
- A strong coffee may sound like a saviour, but caffeine is known to aid dehydration. So, even though you may be feeling perked up, your hangover symptoms will worsen in the long run. Steer clear and get better quicker.
- After a night of drinking, blood sugar can dip which can explain the tiredness and headaches. Simple, comforting carbs such as toast and crackers can help to add a little sugar into blood stream.
- Salt and potassium can be lost when you drink alcohol. Try sipping on a simple bouillon or stock soup which can help to replace these vital nutrients. Bananas and coconut water are also a great option, as they’re high in potassium.
- Eggs are an easy, comforting source of protein that will help to get rid of toxins. They’re also known for being easy on the stomach.
- Keep a big bottle of water close by. Sometimes getting up and filling a glass doesn’t seem appealing, so by filling a 1 or 2 litre bottle of water, you’ll be able to easily rehydrate.
KEEP YOUR HOME CALM THE DAY AFTER
With a head that may be more sensitive to sound and light than usual, it’s important to create a calm environment to recover in. If you’ve got little ones, then you’ll still need to be able to run a normal routine for them. Plan the next day ahead of your party, so that you can keep stress to a minimum.
- Plan a film day that you can all snuggle up together and enjoy. Perhaps an old Disney film, or a Christmas classic would suit a tender mind rather than action-packed sequences and noisy fight scenes.
- Read your favourite books and have a long read. It will help to focus your mind, as well as create a calm, quiet environment.
- Arrange for little ones to have play dates at a friend’s house, or give them quiet activities that will keep them occupied. Jigsaws, reading and drawing are all activities that they’ll love, but will require quiet and concentration.
- Light candles, dim the lights and close the curtains. Light and sound sensitivity is always higher if you’re hungover, so create a peaceful environment that everyone can enjoy. Soothing, yet refreshing scents such as orange, lemongrass or ginger can also help with any sickness.
- Use this time as a reason to focus solely on the people in your home. Catch up with your loved one and find out what everyone’s been getting up to during the week. You may be surprised by how much you find out. Perhaps introduce a phone ban to keep your mind and home even more settled.
USE IT AS AN EXCUSE FOR A LITTLE EXTRA INDULGENCE
A day of recovery often means a lot more time to focus on yourself. Use it wisely, and give yourself the chance to really unwind and get some TLC. And with the stresses of Christmas and the festive season, you can also use it as a chance to help rebalance a busy mind.
- Give yourself a break. A night of dancing is clearly a work out, so you deserve a treat or two. Indulge yourself to a naughty takeaway or sweet treat. Just be mindful of how your hangover may respond. Avoid too much salt as this can worsen dehydration and hangover symptoms.
- Perhaps it’s time to shake up your makeup routine, interior or wardrobe. Use the recovery time to really think about you and your space. This way, you can treat yourself to a few new buys that you’ve had time to really consider.
OUR HANGOVER-CURE WISHLIST:
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