“Ow.” That’s probably as far as your thoughts usually go after a heavy night out. We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to hide in a darkened room to sleep your hangover off, but life’s way too short for that.
We’ve got 13 productive things you can do with a hangover to challenge yourself with right here. So stock up on Lucozade, pop some Ibuprofen, and get stuck into these.
1. Get your protein intake for the day
You know, for dem gainz. In all seriousness, get yourself a bacon butty stat, because even if the whole ‘grease lining your stomach’ thing may be a myth, bacon sandwiches are definitely good for the hungover soul.
2. Take a technology break and practice mindfulness
We love apps like Headspace, for example. They get you in the zone for calming, soothing activities like meditation in no time.
3. Sort out your wardrobe
Or do a similarly repetitive, monotonous task. You don’t want to be doing anything too strenuous for your poor alcohol-affected brain, so something a little bit dreary would be the perfect productive thing to do.
4. Take stock of your kitchen and make a note of missing essentials
You probably haven’t looked into the back of your kitchen cupboard in a while, or if you’ve just moved into halls, you probably don’t even have the essentials (sugar, salt, pepper, etc.) Make a shopping list and stock up on the important stuff.
5. Prep your meals like a boss
If you’ve got a whole day of being inside, you might as well make a mammoth chili to freeze and defrost during the week. Trust us, future you will definitely be thanking past you when you come back to the house starving after lectures.
6. Fuel your hangover rage into a creative task
We don’t know about you, but hangovers make us so. damn. mad. Channel your frustration into writing a poem, or painting messily on a canvas. It’ll be cathartic, promise.
7. Call your parents, because (perhaps rightly) they’re probably worried about you
There’ll probably be no point in hiding your hangover, so don’t expect any sympathy. But there’s nothing nicer than catching up with family when you’re feeling a little bit fragile.
8. Do some light, and we mean light exercise
Straining yourself too much when you’re not at 100% is probably not the best idea. But a quick jog or some yoga would be the perfect way to detox all of the nasty stuff out.
9. Write down your weekly to-do list
There is no better feeling than the feeling of accomplishment, especially with that ol’ hangover buzzing in your ear. Sort your life out, write it all down, and you’ll feel like you’ve got it all together.
10. Try a new hangover cure
I mean, why not? If it isn’t going away, try one you may never have tried before. We recommend Bloody Marys if you’re feeling especially grown up.
11. Attempt to get to inbox zero
Emails pile up, making that red badge next to your inbox look more alarming by the day. Now’s the perfect time to delete spam, unsubscribe from newsletters you don’t read, and finally reply to that one email you’ve been ignoring.
12. If you can’t stand the thought of reading, download some informative podcasts
13. Spend quality time with an equally hungover mate doing something outdoors
Sunshine = Vitamin D, which is excellent for hangovers. Also, if you’re going through the worst hangover of your life, it’s much better doing it with someone in an equally dire state. We’re all in this together, after all.
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