We’ve all been there. Those nights where somehow you go from “I don’t want to drink tonight,” to drunkenly owning the dance floor in the time span of a couple hours. While nights like these make for some great stories, the hangover the day after usually does not. For some reason, hangover days also tend to be the days where you have multiple meetings and a never-ending to-do list. Follow these tips to get through the day without becoming unhinged.
1. Get your drink on (with water).
Hangovers occur because your body’s dehydrated. The only way to combat this is to restore the liquid levels in your body. So, start drinking water. Gatorade or Powerade are also good options because of the electrolytes, but the taste could be a bit much if you’re feeling queasy. Although the first few sips will seem impossible to get down, it gets easier as you go along. Hydrating yourself also helps lessen the puffiness around your face and eyes, making you look like a little less of a train wreck.
2. Pop a Midol.
I don’t know why this isn’t better known, but period relief medicines are the best hangover cure out there. These magic pills relieve a headache, make you feel less nauseous, and reduce the swelling in your body. One tablet is usually enough to do the trick, and you probably have the pills lying around anyway (and if you don’t, you should).
3. Get a little dressed up.
I know that when you’re feeling like utter crap, putting on a sundress is the last thing you want to do, but hear me out. Physically putting in more effort towards your look has a psychological payoff. Your confidence is instantly boosted, and if you look your best, people will think you’re doing just fine. The extra work can seem like a pain at the time, but it’s better to have it at least look like you’ve got your life together.
4. Pile on the concealer.
Even with the pills and water, it’s hard to cover up the fact that you didn’t sleep so well the night before. The purple raccoon rings under your eyes are going to give it all away. This is where your favorite concealer comes in. You’re going to want a creamy one with yellow undertones. These help to cancel out the purple hues. Pile on as much as you need to make it look like you at least got a solid five hours of sleep.
5. Take a shower.
For some reason, I’m sure science can explain, the smell of booze stays on you long after your last sip. There’s no reason to go through your day looking great if you’re going to reek of alcohol. Take a nice shower and scrub yourself down to make sure you don’t give yourself away. Bonus challenge: a few seconds before you get out, turn the water ice cold. It’ll instantly perk you up, even if it does seem a little unpleasant.
6. Fake it till you make it.
Even after applying all the other tips and you still don’t feel up to par, at this point, there’s not much you can do outside of praying for mercy. But until that mercy arrives, you might just have to grin and bear it. Science backs up that even a fake smile can lift your mood, so smile until your jaw hurts. I mean, you could always scowl, but that’s never done anybody any good.
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Miranda is a student at Chapman University and is a member of CA Omicron chapter of Pi Beta Phi.