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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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