When you’re always in *go-mode*, it’s normal to find yourself seeking a release + a little fun [#WorkHardPlayHard, am I right? ; )]. But sometimes you play a little *too hard* + after a night on the town//a few drinks [for the 21+ crowd], it can be hard to wake up + bounce back the next morning.
Staying #inCHAARG + living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to avoid going to bars + enjoying that side of life when you want to. Like any other indulgence, recovering from a night of fun + drinking isn’t impossible — it’s all about how you rally.
1] HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
++ we don’t mean with alcohol alone. Alcohol leads to dehydration, which will lead to that pounding headache + general achiness that you may wake up with after a night of drinking. When you’re at a bar + plan on consuming multiple drinks, get a glass of water + try to match how much alcohol you’re drinking. Drinking water throughout the night can help you *get ahead* + avoid a headache that will likely come from dehydration. If you don’t get ahead throughout the night, make sure to drink a glass or two when you get home before going to sleep — you’ll thank us in the morning.
2] PICK THE RIGHT BEVERAGES
If you’re drinking something that is filled with heavy or sugary mixers, you’ll probably feel it more in the morning. Spikes in your blood sugar can leave you with a horrible headache that will be much worse when you add in the dehydration. Not all alcoholic beverages are created equal — make sure you’re making the right choices [+ if you need a cheat sheet, we’ve got you covered].
3] GO FOR THE #EEEEEATS
While eating may not seem like the best option if you feel achy + nauseous when you first wake up, getting *something* in your stomach is a crucial step in refueling + moving on from the previous night’s decisions. Even if you go for simpler carbs like plain granola or cereal, make sure you eat — not getting something in your stomach will only prolong the struggle. ++ if you need extra motivation, use it as an opportunity to grab an insta-worthy brunch. [I swear
4] GET MOVING
Now, we’re not saying that waking up + immediately running a 5k or going straight into a nice HIIT session will magically cure your hangover [warning: it might even make you feel a *little* worse], but a little movement goes a long way. Get outside for a walk + some fresh air, or try a gentle yoga session to loosen up your muscles + get some energy flowing through your body.
Although alcohol isn’t necessarily a *light* beverage, it doesn’t need to contradict your otherwise healthy lifestyle. ++ there’s nothing wrong with enjoying beverages legally + responsibly. Overcoming the hangover isn’t always easy, but don’t sweat it — you’ll be back #inCHAARG in no time!
+ Ali [@ali.inchaarg], VirtCHAARG girl from Philly