How to Cope With Hangxiety?

In the survey, almost 1 in 3 people recommended water, food, sleep and exercise as the best remedies to ease anxiety, and wellness expert and founder of TRIP, Olivia Ferdi, agrees. 

To help provide further support, she has expanded on the survey results and provided her 4 expertly recommended ways on how best to handle any alcohol-related anxious feelings below. 

1. Fuel your body

“Managing your physical needs can help calm your mental state, as the mind and body are intrinsically linked. Alcohol is dehydrating so it goes without saying, keep up your fluids throughout the night and the following day.  

Avoid high-fat and salty foods that are hard to digest and can make you feel even more dehydrated and sluggish. Instead, fuel your body with nutrients such as potassium (found in bananas) which helps restore all cells’ normal functioning. At the same time, magnesium-rich foods (such as spinach) help muscle, metabolism and nervous system functions.”

2. Beat it with sleep

“Researchers have found that anxiety-prone people are especially sensitive to the effects of insufficient sleep which can, in turn, cause anxiety. 

Make your environment as comfortable as possible for the best sleep, even during daylight hours. You can also try taking a shower, putting on some relaxing music or diffusing some essential oils for aromatherapy.”

3. Get outdoors

“It can be hard to drag yourself out of bed when you’re feeling anxious but you’ll feel better for it afterwards. Being in nature is a proven stress reliever, plus you’ll get your blood pumping and it gives you a chance to practice mindfulness, another great anxiety reducer.

Even just getting out of bed, showering and changing into a clean pair of clothes can help lower your cortisol levels and lessen your worries.” 

4. Try natural remedies 

“CBD oil is a plant-powered way to help you unwind and relax, all you need to do is take a few drops under your tongue and hold for 1 minute before bed. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants but unlike its well-known counterpart THC, CBD won’t get you high.

CBD interacts with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network of cells and receptors that helps the body achieve optimal balance. Our ECS plays a crucial role in regulating a number of functions including stress, anxiety and sleep. When your ECS is balanced, it can help you to feel relaxed and more you again.”