I’m not going to be a total smartass and tell you to simply avoid drinking. My intention with this blog post is to give you some insight and opinion on how and when to drink in order to minimize your chances of a nasty hangover. There is plenty of nutritional advice on what to eat to recover from a hangover, but this information is proactive, this is about knowing how and when to drink.
This is not a normal topic for me to be writing about, and it’s not a regular topic that arises in my client sessions. However, earlier this week at the end of a session with one of my personal mentoring clients, I was asked this question.
“Kyle, every year I go to an all day sports event with some friends and it’s a pretty heavy drinking affair. I love these guys and want to be there and have a great time, but it knocks me out for 3 to 4 days afterwards. This year I’m dreading going because of the massive hangover that I get, what can I do?”.
As I said, this is not the normal sort of question I face in sessions, but no topics are left out in the cold, all questions are answered. So with that in mind, here’s the rub; the stored up emotion in our bodies plays an enormous role in whether we have a hangover, as well as the intensity and length of that hangover. Why? Because negative emotions and stress are toxic to the body, so putting additional toxins on top lead to an unhappy body….thus the hangover. Emotions and stress are complex physiological processes that affect body functioning; they are not simply unwanted mental events. When there is guilt about drinking or guilt about being out and having a good time, the chances of a experiencing a hangover increase.
Of course it’s extremely common to drink as a way of getting away from negative emotion and stress. We’ve all had a bad day at work and hear ourselves say, “I need a glass, scrub that, bottle of wine after that day at the office”, or, “shheeeshh, I need some beers after that meeting”. What normally proceeds is fairly substantial consumption, a hangover and guilt about drinking, with the thought that the drinking is bad. My suggestion is that it’s not the drinking that’s bad rather it’s the reason for drinking that’s not good. I’m not suggesting that following my advice will lead to a hangover free life, but I am suggesting it can lead to significantly reduced hangovers.
If you stop for a moment and think about it, I’m sure you can recall times when you have had a nasty hangover and other times when you’ve hardly had a hangover at all while consuming the same quantity? Chances are you are already unconsciously applying the principles I’m talking about.
So what’s the answer? If your mind and body are filled with pleasant emotions, such as happiness, joy, love, gratitude, etc, etc, then your chances of a hangover are substantially reduced. With this in mind, here are my tips:
- Drink when you are in a good mood not a bad mood
- If you know your body is carrying frustration, agitation, anger or other negative emotions curtail your volume or avoid drinking altogether. So if you’ve had a stressful week loading up on beer at the end of it might not be the best idea if you want to avoid a weekend long hangover
- Never drink to bury emotions….ever
- Whether you are going out or drinking at home, allow yourself to enjoy it, leave the guilt to one side. Immerse yourself in having fun without guilt and regrets
If you don’t believe me, just try it for a month and see what happens. It works for me. And what did I tell my client? I told him to use all he had learned with me to process his negative emotions and be in his own Energy Flow State, filling himself with positive emotions for the days leading up to his outing, and to enjoy the experience, only doing and drinking what feels right for him.
Let me know how you get on…..