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10 Simple Ways To Cure A Hangover Effectively

10 Simple Ways To Cure A Hangover Effectively

You had a little too much fun last night, so today you’re sick in bed, suffering from dry mouth and a brain that just can’t function as long as there’s light and noise in the world. However, you can’t waste a whole day feeling under the weather, so try a few of these ten simple ways to cure a hangover effectively.

1. Drink plenty of water.

This can start as soon as you get home from the party. You get a hangover because your body is dehydrated—you drank too much alcohol and not enough water! If you think about it in time, you can alternate one alcoholic drink with one glass of water all night, and possibly avoid a hangover entirely. Otherwise, start drinking plenty of water when you wake up the next morning. It will rehydrate your body and help you feel better all over.

2. Drink sports drinks.

Drink some Gatorade or Powerade. You can’t say it’s as good as water, because it’s not natural, but it will help rehydrate you! Also, these drinks have electrolytes and sodium that your body needs replenished after a night of drinking.

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3. Drink fruit juice.

Basically, drinking anything that’s not more alcohol is going to help you. Juice will help your body rehydrate just like water and sports drinks do. In addition, the sugar in fruit juice helps burn off alcohol quickly, and you’ll give yourself a vitamin boost.

4. Drink coffee.

Drinking two cups of coffee, not much more, preferably not less, is enough to cure your pounding headache. Coffee acts as a vasoconstrictor, which means it lessens the swelling of your blood vessels that causes your headache. And if you’re trying to get up and moving for work the morning after, the caffeine doesn’t hurt!

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    5. Eat a banana or kiwi.

    Not all fruit will make you feel good, and eating the wrong thing might make you feel worse. Try a banana or kiwi. They are good sources of potassium, which is a mineral you lose a lot of when you’re drinking due to the diuretic effect of the alcohol.

    6. Eat honey on toast or crackers.

    Carbs are going to help you feel better by bringing up your blood sugar, so eat some toast or crackers. If you can handle it, add a little honey. Honey is a concentrated source of fructose, so, like fruit juice, it will also help burn off the alcohol.

    7. Take pain meds.

    It’s OK to take medicine if none of these natural remedies are doing the trick, but make sure you stick with aspirin or ibuprofen instead of Tylenol (aka paracetamol). Tylenol is fine for headaches, but when combined with a liver trying to metabolize alcohol, it can cause liver damage or even be deadly.

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    8. Eat a balanced meal.

    It’s hard to eat a good meal after drinking—you’re craving greasy food, or nothing at all! Fast food is the cheapest and easiest to get your hands on, but it’s not the best for you. Eating a balanced meal will help your body replace some of the essential nutrients you lost the night before.

    9. Take amino acids and vitamins.

    Get amino acid capsules from a health food store. Amino acids are a building block of protein, and get depleted when you drink a lot of alcohol. You can also take vitamin B, which will help shorten the duration of your hangover.

    10. Exercise.

    One drink is metabolized by your body in about an hour, which means you can’t exercise to sweat out the alcohol. There’s really no reason to exercise to cure a hangover, but it’s going to make you feel better overall. Exercising will release endorphins that help improve your mood, and if you burn calories, you’ll probably ease a little of that guilt about drinking so much the night before! Just make sure you keep your water bottle handy so you don’t get even more dehydrated.

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    Last Updated on October 20, 2020

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

    Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

    More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

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