Sure, celebrating a week is not exactly the best idea, but sometimes it's easy to drink a few beers on poker night or a big game on TV. But when your alarm clock rings the next morning, you will be checking a harsh reality. "You can not reverse a hangover, but you can treat the symptoms," says Heather Mangieri, a certified dietitian and nutrition, fitness and nutrition advisor. Try these tips to make your morning less miserable and hide your condition from your colleagues.
Drinking a lot of water
Your hammering head and sluggishness are mostly caused by the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Drink a big glass of water as soon as you leave the bed. When you're at work, grab a large cup, fill it with water and drink through a straw. It's easier to consume a lot of fluids when you're not dealing with a water bottle cap, says Mangieri. If you feel too bad to eat solid foods, drink a smoothie, tea latte, or a bowl of soup if you feel hungry, so you consume both fluid and nutrients.
"If you can do a workout in the morning, even if you feel like crap, this can help," says Mangieri. Exercise increases the release of endorphins through your body, which can improve your mood and reduce the sensation of pain. If you go to work smiling and without a headache, your colleagues are less likely to attract negative attention.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast
You may wish for bacon, egg and cheese burrito, but a greasy meal could make you look worse and feel worse. A well-balanced breakfast with protein, fat and complex carbohydrates is a better breakfast to replenish your body. "Try to opt for an omelette with wholegrain toast and sliced avocado or a meager whole-grain bun with all the vegetables," says Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CPT of ShawSimpleSwaps.com.
Don't skimp on your shower
You may be tempted to break your morning routine, but showering is the key. Your face may be swollen due to dehydration and your body's attempts to conserve fluid, and this swelling creates shadows that intensify existing dark circles, says Anthony Benedetto, Do, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. Rub and massage your face during the shower to move your muscles and stimulate blood flow. "If you just wake up and move the muscles on your face, the fluid, the lymph, will move and emerge from the skin surface," he says. Then scrub your body to remove sweat that may contain clues to your hangover: the smell of alcohol and additives that favor the liquor. Bring some scent-free baby towels and store them in your desk drawer to wipe off sweat during the day.
Squeeze some eye drops together
Your eyes are bloodshot and you can not see your desk lamp. That's because the alcohol you're drinking breaks down the layer of fat in your tear film that your eyes produce to be hydrated and keep your vision sharp, says Ahmad A. Aref MD, MBA, an associate professor Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois. "Lubricating eye drops can help replenish the tear film," he said. Do not absorb any preservative-free lubricant drops, no decongestant eye drops, which can permanently worsen the redness. For even more relief, run a towel under lukewarm water and place it over your closed eyes for 1
Another thing: "The best way to deal with a hangover is to prevent it," says Mangieri. The next time you're planning a party, eat a big meal before your stomach is full, before alcohol ever hits it, and double fist – a cup of water for each alcoholic drink – to keep you hydrated, she says.