The feeling of overwhelming guilt, stress, and worry you experience the day after a drinking binge. Hang-over anxiety. Hangxiety!
We are no strangers to this. With age comes a state of dread throughout the whole day (and possibly week) after having a few too many the night before. We continue to promise ourselves that next time will be different or that we simply will not drink again, a promise we never keep.
If you find yourself waking up with a sense of unease or dreaded fear as hangxiety kicks in, what can you do to relieve the symptoms?
Full disclosure: This is in no way shape or form medical advice nor are we medical professionals. These are just tried and tested methods we have used over the years.
Sounds so obvious but a lot of people forget the importance of hydration while drinking! A good rule of thumb to stick by is the ‘one for one’ method meaning, one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have consumed.
If you have forgotten to consume water during the night and wake up like a full bag of shit, don’t sweat it, try 2 electrolyte tablets in water to see you through.
If you can brave it, I promise a cold shower will ease off any feelings of guilt, and shame, and wash off how shit the night before was. The whole shower doesn’t have to be cold just the last few minutes if you prefer. Just the general shock of cold water is more than enough to perk you up and get you started with the day.
Wim Hof Breathing
Out of all these suggestions/remedies mentioned, this is the game-changer. By now you must know some information regarding the Wim Hof Method, we write about it all the time and for good reason. Just 20 minutes of doing the Wim Hof Method has been proven to reduce the symptoms of a hangover and is worldly known for reducing anxiety. This suggestion is more like a 2 for 1 deal in reducing the beer fear!
There's something about either being in the ocean or in a pool after a night of drinking that eliminates both the hangover you may be experiencing and any beer fear that’s weighing you down. Aside from the Wim Hof Breathing this is another go-to with ‘guaranteed’ results.
If the water is not accessible simply get yourself outside. Not only has a 20-minute walk been proven to reduce anxiety, but fresh air is also great for any hangover or hangxiety you may be dealing with. Sitting indoors when hungover is possibly one of the worst things you can do with a hangover. Not only will your anxieties increase, but you’ll also possibly create more out of fear/shame for wasting a day on the couch binging Netflix.
Eat it out
When all else fails simply eat it out. If greasy McDonald's cures all then by all means go for it. If you’re more health-conscious, I would definitely recommend scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast with avocado. Eating when you wake is a sure way of stopping a hangover in its tracks. It may not necessarily ease any anxiety you may be experiencing but will fuel you up enough to get out.
Just remember that the ‘bear fear’ is more common than you think, people just don’t really want to talk about it. From my own experiences when I’ve been honest with people as to why I don’t drink as much I usually find they too suffer from anxiety after a night on the booze.
As stated earlier these suggestions are not endorsed by medical professionals etc., Just some tried and tested suggestions we have learnt along the way that may or may not work for you. Be safe and know your limits and all that jazz.