You over analyse every text. You are certain that someone is completely ‘off’ you. You sense that something is ‘bad’ but you can’t quite put your finger on who or what or even where or when? Sound familiar?
Been there, done it, bought the T-shirt girlfriend.
There’s also the ‘hangxiety’ that comes when you know for reals you took a sledge hammer to your life with the ‘are you up?’ text to that closed door or the great idea it was to share your so called ‘real feelings’ with anyone who happened to be within ear shot. I’ve also done that too. I’ve lost count of the mornings I’ve been woken promptly at 4am with the standard blood sugar drop. Laying there as the dark cloud descends as my body tries to rid itself of the alcohol from the night before.
My days of being out ‘til dawn are far behind me, but even a cheeky couple of wines have been known to throw a spanner in the works for a day or two. Hanxiety is no joke and to even get through the day with a somewhat sunny disposition takes a whole lot of extra work.
If any of this is ringing any bells dancing queen, you are not alone. It also might make you feel a bucket load better to know that there’s a science and biological reason you are in the horrors more than usual the morning after.
"When you consume alcohol the chemical balance in your brain is disrupted. Everyone is different, but most people feel more relaxed and less inhibited after a few drinks. The ‘feel-good’ chemical called dopamine is released in greater supply into your brain – resulting in a greater sense of satisfaction than you had before drinking. Alcohol is effectively tricking your brain. You pay little regard to the age-old fact that what comes up, must come down. The next day, your brain is trying feverishly to correct the chemical imbalances from the night before and what do you know – anxiety arises."
Our body only has so many of those feel good vibes to pump out at a time so understanding why something is happening can also go a really long way to helping you work out how to navigate and manage it.
- Healthy Foods
- Talking it out
- Practicing Mindfulness
- Moving your body and getting in the sunshine
All great ways to help your bod and brain get back to its sweet spot. How you are feeling and experiencing life prior to knocking back a few will also impact the way you feel afterwards. Prioritising water, sleep, exercise and good nutrition as a way of life should also be of benefit in reducing recurrent hangxiety.
Obvs if this feeling hangs around for longer than 24 hours talk to a health care professional or avoid alcohol entirely.
I just love how our melons work don't you? All that’s left to do now is jump into your ‘Rad Mums’ or ‘Best Babes’ group chat and let them know that you haven’t lost your marbles. Hangxiety is a legit thing. So how about we all cheers to that? Maybe with kombucha this time though because… hangxiety.