A good evening may be had by sharing a few drinks with friends on a night out or at a party. But the hangover and headache that occurs the next day is not very enjoyable. The classic physical symptoms of a hangover are certainly recognizable to you: nausea, pounding headache, and the need to wear sunglasses at the first sign of dawn. However, hangovers can cause psychological symptoms as well, particularly worry. This behavior has risen in popularity over the past few years, and it is now known as hangxiety.
What is hangxiety?
‘Hangxiety,’ also known as ‘hangover anxiety,’ is a dreadful, apprehensive sensation of dread that occurs after a night of drinking. It has a direct influence on your mood, as well as physical hangover symptoms, and may be so devastating for some individuals that they wish to give up alcohol totally.
Anxiety is basically a condition of recovery for both the body and the mind; your body is working to mend physical hangover symptoms, while your brain is working to correct chemical imbalances that cause anxiety.
What causes hangxiety?
When the calming effects of alcohol wear off, hangxiety can set in, creating withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by alcoholics. When you consume alcohol, your brain’s usual functioning is interrupted, and you release an overabundance of “feel-good” neurotransmitters (like endorphins).
As a result, you may feel fatigued the next day with a fast deteriorating mood as your body attempts to maintain a healthy state of homeostasis after alcohol use. This, in turn, can cause you to feel more worried than normal.
Most people are familiar with the physical symptoms of a hangover, such as a pounding headache, nausea, and dizziness, but signals of hangxiety are less well-known.
The following are some of the most prevalent signs of hangxiety:
- Feelings of depression
- Feeling overwhelmed, embarrassed, or worried about the night before
- Over-analyzing moments of the previous night
- Increased heart rate
- Lack of focus
- Hangxiety prevention
Here are a few tips that can help you prevent hangxiety from happening:
- Don’t consume alcohol on an empty stomach. Before you drink, have a snack or a small meal. If it isn’t enough to fill you up, consider eating a small snack while you drink. Do you have a hankering for something to eat before going to bed? Make an effort to eat another modest snack.
- Combine the alcohol and the water. After each sip, wash it down with a glass of water.
- Don’t consume alcohol too rapidly. Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink each hour. Do you have a habit of downing beverages quickly? Try a basic cocktail on the rocks that is more suitable for sipping.
- Set a limit for yourself. When you’re having a good time, it’s easy to simply keep drinking. Limitless cocktails, however, will ultimately catch up with you. Before you go out, consider setting a limit for yourself. Consider teaming up with a friend to help you keep to it so you can hold each other accountable.
How can you treat hangxiety?
For those of you who have experienced anxiety before, you have undoubtedly already built a list of tactics for dealing with it. However, if you have the added effects of a hangover, you are unlikely to want to go for a walk, practice yoga, or blog about your ideas.
Improve physical symptoms
The mind-body connection is most likely to be a factor in the development of hangxiety. Physical well-being won’t totally alleviate anxiety, but it will help you deal with rushing thoughts and worries.
Start by getting your body right and tending to your physical needs:
- Make sure to consume a lot of water during the day.
- Broth, soda crackers, bananas, or dry bread might all help settle your stomach if you’re suffering from nausea. Avoid oily or processed foods in favor of any whole, healthy items you feel like eating. You may also try these options to help you recover from a hangover.
- If you’re having trouble sleeping, consider taking a shower, listening to soothing music, or diffusing aromatherapy essential oils.
- Even if you aren’t able to sleep, make your sleeping environment comfy so you can rest.
- Ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) can help relieve discomfort from a severe headache or muscular pains. Just be sure you don’t exceed the suggested dosage. Because mixing alcohol and NSAIDs might cause stomach bleeding, you should start with a low dose and see whether it helps before increasing it.
Take deep breaths
Taking deep, steady breaths may be beneficial in calming a racing or racing heart. Take a deep breath in while counting to four, then exhale while counting to four a second time. Continue to do this for a few minutes, or until your pulse begins to calm down a little bit.
If you don’t feel like standing, you can meditate while seated or resting in bed. It may be beneficial to begin with some deep breathing, so lie or sit back, close your eyes, and concentrate on your thoughts and physical and mental sensations. Don’t attempt to control, avoid, or unpack your idea; just pay attention to them when they arise in your awareness.
Hangover IV therapy
Everyone has their own method for getting rid of a hangover. While DIY remedies may finally help, you’ll have to wait hours to experience any relief.
IV hangover therapy, on the other hand, can tackle even the most severe hangover symptoms so you don’t have to waste time feeling bad. IV hangover treatments administer therapy directly into your bloodstream, allowing for rapid absorption and relief from symptoms.
Here’s what the hangover IV therapy has in it and how it works:
- Rehydrating IV fluids: When you drink alcohol, your body’s antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is suppressed, which is responsible for reabsorbing fluid back into your body. At the same time, alcohol works as a diuretic, causing fluid to be expelled along with it. Even while drinking alcohol is enjoyable, it can cause significant dehydration. Replacing these fluids and electrolytes is the first step toward feeling better. The extra benefit of using hangover IV therapy for this is that you won’t have to worry about drinking all of that fluid, which can be difficult or impossible if you are experiencing nausea and/or vomiting.
- B-complex vitamins: Because alcohol is a diuretic, it causes your body to lose a lot of nutrients and vitamins. B-complex vitamins are water-soluble vitamins that are particularly vulnerable to this process. You may feel tired, have poor energy, and have a muddled head as a result of this. The B complex will restore your levels to where they need to be in order for you to perform at your best.
- Vitamin B12: Cobalamin (B12) is depleted in the same way as the other B vitamins are. B12 is also difficult for many people to absorb when taken orally, which adds to the advantages of getting it intravenously. With the addition of B12 to your hangover therapy, you should be able to clear your mind and regain some energy.
- Toradol: Toradol relieves headaches and muscular pains associated with a hangover. This drug works by preventing the body from producing inflammatory chemicals.
- Zofran: Zofran is an anti-nausea medicine that acts by inhibiting 5HT3 receptors in the brain and gastrointestinal system. This receptor is also a key mediator in the development of nausea in certain people.
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Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.
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