Sundays are by far the worst day of the week. There’s the last minute homework, the preparing for the long week ahead, the hangovers, and if you are like me, the hangxiety. But, what exactly is hangxiety? It can be described as the intense feelings of anxiety after drinking alcohol. The Henry Ford Health System Staff attributes these feelings to the decline of excess dopamine as the alcohol leaves the system. Although there is a chemical explanation to why you may have hangxiety, here are a few tips and reassurances to help you through the feeling we all know and hate.
Reassurance: No One Really Cares What You Did
I hate to break it to you… but you’re not all that. Remember that no one is constantly thinking about how YOU embarrassed yourself. Some people may think about you once and then get over it. This lingering thought that everyone is obsessing over you and how you acted is simply unrealistic. Remember that people have other things to worry about; they could be worrying about how they embarrassed themselves or just thinking about what a great night they had. You could be a conversation starter or a passing thought, but usually, nothing more. No one’s opinion should matter except for your own, anyway.
Tip: Focus On Your Mind And Your Body
Exercise in the morning after a night out is so helpful for your mental state and your body. It may be hard to get out of bed because of the actual hangover part, but sitting around all day gives you time to overthink every possible situation in your head. Listening to music and going for a nice long run or walk outside is my go-to. Being active clears your mind and allows you to regroup to get a handle on your life. Don’t let last night ruin your whole entire day, we don’t have time to waste in life. Get up, get active, and be productive. Focus on all the things you will accomplish today and minimize the negative thoughts.
Tip: Get Back in the Game
This one may be a bit hard to do. The last thing that people want to do when they have hangover anxiety is see the people that they think they embarrassed themselves in front of. But, a lot of the time, you are overreacting and making up the worst possible scenarios in your head. I often wake up after a night out and think that everyone is mad at me for no reason at all. This likely isn’t the case, however, and these fears are typically all in your head. So, to get over this feeling, it is best to rip the bandaid off and socialize with these people you are dreading seeing as soon as possible. When you see the people you were scared to see, you will realize it isn’t a big deal. The hardest part is building the courage to get back out there.
Tip: Ignorance Is Bliss
No matter what you do, if someone starts a sentence with “do you even remember that you-” The answer is “I don’t care. Don’t continue.” Similarly, don’t ask your friends how you were acting or what you did. What you don’t know can’t hurt you. This same concept can be applied to Snapchat. If you are scared to look back at your memories or your stories… don’t do it! Delete them right away before you can even watch them. Out of sight, out of mind. They don’t even exist anymore.
Reassurance: Be Confident
Overall, be confident. It is that simple. Everything that happened is in the past. There is nothing that you can do to change the past so just accept it and move on. You will likely laugh about this later. The more you own it and not let yourself get embarrassed, other people will follow along and believe that you have nothing to be embarrassed about. You got this. I believe in you.
Tip: Drink Less.
Lastly, let’s state the obvious. To avoid hangxiety all together, drink less. Trust me, you will have a much better night and morning knowing that you have nothing to be ashamed of. These other tips and reassurances are just damage control to overcome the completely normal and universally annoying hangxiety, which can get the best of any of us.
If I have helped at least one person that suffers from the terrible condition of ~hangxiety~, my work will have been worth it. Alcohol has many negative side effects, but hangover anxiety doesn’t have to be one of them. No more Sunday Scaries for The Fit Magazine readers!