The party last night was lit, you had the best night of Freshers so far. But come the next morning, you wake up and your head is banging, you feel nauseous, dizzy, exhausted and dehydrated. Ah, the dreaded Freshers Hangover! Don’t panic – it’s just part of a rite of passage we all go through. You will survive… IF you follow our 8 steps to surviving a Freshers Hangover.
1. Avoid it
Like the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. The best way to get over a hangover is by not getting one in the first place! Now don’t get me wrong; this doesn’t mean you can’t drink, you just need to take certain precautions:
- First things first, don’t drink on an empty stomach! That’s a sure-fire way to give yourself a massive hangover.
- Know your limits! Don’t drink more than you can handle.
- Drink water, juice or soft drinks in between your alcoholic drinks. Hydration is key!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Before the hangover has a chance to kick in, drink a pint of water right before you go to sleep. It’s also a good idea to get a glass of water ready by your bed for when you wake up in the middle of the night/next day. Alcohol seriously dehydrates your body so it’s really important to replenish those lost fluids.
Important as it is to hydrate though, try not to overdo it! Drinking too much water can actually make you feel worse. Instead of taking massive gulps of water, try taking lots of little sips throughout the day. Fruit juice is a great alternative to water, it contains necessary vitamins your body is craving. Coconut water and sports drinks (such as Gatorade and Lucozade) are also good options since they are full of electrolytes. ⚡️
3. Painkillers 💊
If you’re suffering from headaches and/or muscle cramps, painkillers are the way to go! These are easily available over the counter from pharmacies and shops. Make sure to check the recommended dosage on the package/leaflet though! If you have a sensitive tummy, contact your GP for advice on what type of painkillers to take. Certain types may irritate and nauseate your stomach. 🤒
4. Food/Carbs 🍔
The thought of eating is probably making you retch but trust me, it will definitley help with your hangover. It doesn’t have to be a heavy meal, start with something bland. Some toast, oatmeal or even a couple of crackers will do you good. Soups are a great option too 🍜. Chicken noodle soup or miso soup help to restock your sodium and water levels, they also taste amazing!
Most professionals advise staying away from greasy and oily foods but we’ve all got that one friend who swears by a full English to perk up after a big night out so who knows, it might just work for you! 🍳
5. Exercise 🏃
Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when standing still but exercise can actually help you beat that hangover! It might take a lot of willpower and loads of determination, but exercise will increase your metabolism and help your body get rid of toxins quicker. ☣️
If hitting the gym or pounding the treadmill isn’t your thing, no worries! Even a short walk around the block will do. 🚶
6. Take a shower 🚿
There’s nothing better than a nice cool shower to wake, freshen and sober you up after a heavy night’s drinking. Let’s be honest, you’re probably still covered in sticky spilled drink and ketchup from last night’s post-club chippy run anyway! 🍟
7. Sleep 💤💤
Go back to bed! There’s no two ways about it, sleep is the best way to cure your hangover. Alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle which has you waking up feeling unrested.
Get a few more hours of sleep and you’ll be back to your normal bubbly self in no time. 😴
8. Avoid loud noises and bright lights 🌞
This one’s a given. Loud noises and bright lights will just make everything worse. Pop some earplugs in and draw the curtains to block out the outside world while you nurse yourself back to health.
If you really have to go outside, grab your sunglasses 🕶 – you’ll need them.
So there you have it it – a cheat sheet to beat your first proper Freshers Hangover! Just follow these 8 simple steps and you’ll be ready for another night out on the lash in no time!