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10 Ways to Cure the Symptoms of a Hangover

10 Ways to Cure the Symptoms of a Hangover

The only proven way to prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation, and oftentimes good intentions are thrown to the wind during a night out every now and again. There is no problem with letting loose, but the next day can sometimes feel like torture just to be awake. This is what you can do before, during, and after drinks so that the effects of a hangover will be minimized. Here are some great tips on how to cure the symptoms of a hangover.

Eat Something Beforehand

When a real meal is consumed before drinking alcohol, it lowers the amount of acetaldehyde that is in the body. Acetaldehyde is the chemical that alcohol is converted to within the body that is primarily responsible for hangovers. Opt for something more than just a handful of crackers—eat a real meal that will give satisfaction.

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Prickly Pear Preparation

Consume prickly pear extract a few hours before drinking alcohol, and it may lower the effects of a hangover the next day. Though it is not absolutely clear how or why this works, it contains a protein that will reduce the inflammation that can happen when too much alcohol is consumed, leading to the hangover.

Hydrate—With Water

In order for the liver to process alcohol, it needs water. When too much alcohol is consumed, the liver pulls water from the body’s other organs, like the brain—familiar with headaches? The best practice is to hydrate beforehand, and then alternate alcoholic beverages with water, not only is this for hydration but it also slows the rate of alcohol consumption.

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Choose Clear

While drinking, opt for the clear liquids like vodka, gin, white rum, and tequila. Other alcohols have higher levels of congeners—these are the compounds that are anything other than alcohol and water— that bring on inflammation in the body.

Don’t Take Just Any Pill

Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as these are processed through the liver and that powerhouse has done enough for the big night out. Take something like paracetamol with a large glass of water, and use only as instructed.

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Go for a Long Walk

Getting fresh air can actually make you feel a whole lot better. Why? Oxygen will fill your lungs and increase the rate at which alcohol toxins are dispelled from your system, leaving little chance for it to break down in the body.

Avoid Caffeine

Though it might feel like injections of straight caffeine are what is necessary to get through the day with a hangover, but it is advised to avoid tea and coffee when battling a hangover. This is because it irritates and dehydrates the bowel, may cause loose stools, and can lead to an overall nauseated feeling.

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Eat Something After

Some people swear by a large greasy breakfast or brunch, but the best thing to do is to have a light meal that is easy to digest. This would be something like cereal or toast—the point is that the body needs to have the calories replenished.

Take Some Rehydration Salt

Replacing the lost salts will treat diarrhea and speed up recovery from a hangover. These sachets contain small amounts of electrolytes (body salts) that will replace lost body fluids faster than water. Mix one sachet of rehydration salt with water and drink right before bedtime and the morning after. Rehydration salt also contains calcium, magnesium, and vitamins B and C.

Sleep It Off, If You Can

Many people sleep quite poorly after a night of drinking, adding fatigue to the list of ailments on the hangover checklist. If you are able to, sleep as much as possible the day following the night of drinking. This will help an aching body and pounding head. The body recovers amazingly on its own.

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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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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

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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