How to Deal

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - MIND HEALTH -

WHILE YOU’RE OUT

If you don’t want to ditch drink­ing al­to­gether (no judg­ment), al­ter­nat­ing spiked bevs with still or sparkling H20 is an easy way to keep your drink in­take (and bar tab) in check. It may also pre­vent you from de­vel­op­ing full-blown hangx­i­ety on top of a full-blown phys­i­cal hang­over, says Kash.

WHEN YOU STRESS

Got too turnt and did some­thing reck­less? Dam­age con­trol may be in or­der. But if you’re just ru­mi­nat­ing on nag­ging or mi­nor wor­ries, dis­en­gage with a 30-minute en­dor­phin-boost­ing run or The Bold Type binge. ‘Dis­so­ci­at­ing helps con­vince your brain these stres­sors won’t hurt you,’ says Kis­sen.

WHEN YOU’RE TEMPTED TO BLOCK IT OUT

Avoid the ‘hair of the dog’. Chas­ing hangx­i­ety with a mimosa will just post­pone it un­til later. ‘You might feel less anx­ious in the mo­ment, but it’s a bad cy­cle to get into,’ says Kis­sen. In­stead, wait it out un­til your brain chem­istry re­sets. You should feel nor­mal by night­fall.

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