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Recovering From A Heavy Summer Party: 5 Hacks To Cure A Hangover

Recovering From A Heavy Summer Party: 5 Hacks To Cure A Hangover

Ask half a dozen friends how to cure a hangover, and chances are, you will get half a dozen different answers. Some more ridiculous than others. Drink this. Eat that. Have another shot?

Unfortunately, there is no real cure for a hangover. The things that help cure your symptoms are often dependent on what your body is experiencing and your body’s chemistry. Regardless, there are a few tricks that almost everyone can agree that are incredibly useful for any hangover.

Here are five hacks you can use to cure even the worst beach bonfire hangovers:

1. Drink some water and then drink more water

Hydration is at the top of almost every list, and at this point, it probably sounds cliché. But, it is crucial. You need to drink more water.

Water is the closest thing humans have to some sort of magical elixir. In fact, it is required for life. So, if you are looking for some kind of restorative potion, it makes sense to start at the source: water.

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Water is particularly useful for hangovers because alcohol consumption often results in dehydration, particularly if you were having so much fun that you forgot the glass-of-water-between-drinks rule.

So raise a glass (of H2O) like your productivity depends on it! Your body will thank you for giving it life, and your hangover will feel a lot less like death.

2. Get Moving (Slowly)

There is a lot of debate about whether exercise really helps cure a hangover. Some swear by hitting the gym, while others insist that you should not move at all unless it involves moving from your bed to the sofa. As it turns out, neither option is a good one. Instead, the solution lies somewhere in the middle.

Be sure to get up and moving the morning after, but do not push yourself further than a lap around the house if you are feeling particularly awful. Because you are already dehydrated, a sweaty workout can make a bad situation worse. Plus, exercise will not force your body to metabolize the alcohol any faster.

Stand up. Touch your toes. Stroll around the kitchen. Hit the gym if it feels right. But, if you are feeling rough, do not be afraid to sit back down again.

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3. Indulge in some fruit juice

As it turns out, the juice you mixed with your drinks can make life more palatable even after the party is over.

Fruit juices help your body through the pain that is a hangover, and encourage it to heal faster. Orange juice and grapefruit juice provide plenty of water and natural sugars to nurse your body back to health. Tomato juice is another good option because it fights inflammation and offers plenty of simple sugar to help your body find the energy to recover.

4. Lay off the coffee

Hangovers make coffee feel less like a necessity and more like life support. While a shot of espresso is better than a shot of vodka, you do not actually need the bucket of coffee your cravings say you do.

Indulge in a cup of coffee to give you the motivation and the caffeine to survive the morning, but keep the amount of caffeine you ingest after a night out under control.

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it can make your already dehydrated body, feel worse. So, if you really need that triple shot latte, either make it a decaf, or make sure to take it with plenty of extra water on the side.

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5. Support your liver

Your liver is the organ that removes all of the toxins from your body, and liver function is crucial after a night of drinking.

While taking measures to support your liver may not help your hangover immediately, there are foods and dietary supplements that help repair cells and prevent long-term damage to your organs.

Dark, leafy greens like kale, are full of compounds that livers love. If kale is not your thing, try other healthy vegetables like broccoli, beetroot, artichoke, and cauliflower.

In the event your hangover has you temporarily committed to a liquid diet, consider adding turmeric or cinnamon to a juice or smoothie, and get similar effects. Many alcohol addiction treatment centers recommend this sort of diet as the perfect way to cleanse your body from oxide damage.

Alternatively, seek out supplements to help support your liver’s health. Milk thistle aids cell regeneration in your liver, and it has the added benefit of being a potential hangover cure.

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Sure, broccoli is green, and it seems like it is not doing you any favors right now. Rather, think of it as a long term investment to your social life.

A hangover does not need to drain the life out of your summer, so use these five hangover-busting hacks to beat the blues, and enjoy more of those warm nights while you can.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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