I don’t know about you, but I’ve suffered through a lot of hangovers over the years. I’ve had tequila hangovers, beer hangovers, wine cooler hangovers, jaggermeister hangovers (don’t ask), and in recent years, I’ve had my fair share of wine hangovers.
Of course, when I was younger, a hangover meant nothing more than an excuse to sleep until noon and then scarf down an extra greasy breakfast before plopping myself in front of the TV for the day, but now that I’m a mom and I’m up before the sun most mornings, I don’t have the option of doing any of those things. So I very rarely drink these days, and if I do, I almost never indulge in more than a couple of glasses of white, but on the rare occasion that my husband and I leave the house after dark and someone convinces me to have more alcohol than my sleep-deprived body is comfortable with, I’ve had to find hangover cures that don’t require me to hang my head in toilet all morning.
I’ve tried downing a can of Red Bull or a bottle of Gatorade to help with dehydration the morning after a big night out, and I’ve recently fallen in love with a proactive recovery drink called Resqwater, and while each of these definitely help take the edge off and make me feel like more of a human being when I’m hungover, I prefer to take a more natural approach when I’m feeling under the weather.
Here are 7 hangover cures that work wonders for me!
1. Drink plenty of water
Alright, so I know you’re supposed to have a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume, but I rarely (if ever) do this. I find it gets in the way of my buzz AND causes me to spend most of the evening peeing. So instead, I down a HUGE glass of water before bed, and I keep a glass in our bathroom so I can down another glass if (and when) I wake up in the night. It may not completely take the hangover away, but it does go a long way in preventing me from feeling dehydrated the following morning, and it helps reduce that horrible, pounding headache I used to get after one too many glasses of white.
2. Hit the gym
On the nights I know I’ve consumed more grapes than I should, I lay out my workout gear, set my alarm clock an hour early, and drag myself to the gym first thing the following morning. My husband thinks this is crazy, but sweating all of the toxins out of my body for 30+ minutes on the treadmill ALWAYS makes me feel better. I’m totally serious.
3. Take a hot shower
Whether I’ve got a cold, the flu, a wine headache, or a full-blown hangover, I always find a long, hot shower makes me feel a million times better. I also find applying a bit of makeup (if you want to find out how to get flawless makeup in 5 minutes or less, CLICK HERE) and doing something fun with my hair helps. Not only does it fool the world into thinking I don’t feel like a pile of rags, but it actually makes me believe I feel semi-human.
4. Eat a big breakfast
Eating a big, greasy breakfast has to be the oldest hangover trick in the book, but since I’m all about at-home yoga workouts and washboard abs these days, I don’t really like to blow a week’s worth of calories on one meal. So I usually opt for a more healthy option, like a bowl of oatmeal or a couple of slices of toast with peanut butter, and if I’m in a hurry, I opt for one of these easy breakfast-on-the-go ideas!
5. Grab some coffee
I stopped drinking caffeine almost 6 years ago, but there’s nothing like a venti decaf Americano from Starbucks the morning after a big night out, you know?
6. Lie to yourself
A few months ago, I read an article in a magazine that totally changed my life. It taught me the trick to feeling well-rested and happy, and I find this little tip works for days I’m feeling a little under the weather as well. You can read more about that fascinating article RIGHT HERE.
7. Have another drink!
When I flew back to Singapore for the 50th anniversary of my high school 8 years ago, I experienced my first ever 2-day hangover. I tried every trick in the book, but nothing made me feel better, and just as I was grabbing my purse to take myself to the emergency room, my dad took pity on me and poured me a glass of wine. And guess what? It worked. Of course, I do not recommend you do this if you’re taking care of your children by yourself and/or if you have to operate a car or other heavy machinery, but if you have the luxury of moping around the house while someone else fills sippy cups and cuts the crusts off of grilled cheese sandwiches, this may be the only thing keeping you from feeling like a human being again!
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