Dear Jane, Help My St. Patrick’s Day Hangover
I’ve always been a moderate drinker. I love having a cocktail at brunch and a glass of wine with dinner, but over the last few months, I’ve been drinking more frequently. The stress of staying at home and being indoors has caused me to turn to the bottle to take the edge off of the long days.
But this St. Patrick’s Day I went a bit overboard with boozy Zoom parties and socially distanced neighborhood gatherings. I woke up and started drinking then just didn’t stop.
It wasn’t so much that I wanted to celebrate the Irish, but rather, it was the perfect excuse to get black-out drunk without anyone asking too many questions. Now, I’m hungover with a pounding headache and a sore belly threatening to puke again.
Jane, how can I cure my hangover, and what are your thoughts on my drinking habits? Is it just blowing off some steam or do you think it’s something more?
– Unhappy and Hungover
Empower yourself with a plan. Figure out how many drinks work best for you so that you’re not overconsuming but you’re also able to imbibe responsibly.”
Dear Unhappy and Hungover,
I’ve always avoided celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The drunken crowds overwhelm me and my anxiety goes from 0 to 100 real quick and I’ll have to double up on my Hello Mellow capsules to ease my nerves and chill me out.
It doesn’t sound like you have an overall drinking problem, but rather that you’re drinking in excess due to current and situational issues, but please seek help and professional guidance if you have trouble regulating your drinking on your own.
But I definitely understand having just one more glass of Rosè when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, but I also would suggest swapping out the extra booze for a few Hello Mellow capsules, some meditation, journaling, drawing, and a power nap.
Speaking of a power nap, to heal your hurting head, I would massage some Pain, Pain, Go Away Cream, on your temples, at the back of your neck, and any other pressure points that need some relaxing.
After that, I would take a Nighty Night capsule with a large glass of water and then settle in for a long restorative nap. Once you’re feeling better and you’re clear-headed, I would then put together a plan to reduce your drinking and get to the root cause of your unhappiness, so you can tackle it in a healthy way.
For now, I would do an alcohol detox for the next two weeks and every time you feel like drinking, journal instead. Write out what exactly is bothering you so you can get some perspective on what’s causing your unhappiness so you can stop masking it with booze and start to heal it on an authentic level.
Empower yourself with a plan. Figure out how many drinks work best for you so that you’re not overconsuming but you’re also able to imbibe responsibly. After your physical and mental detox, perhaps implement a 2-3 drink maximum during the week and perhaps a 2-4 drink maximum for the weekend. In essence, dry out, gain clarity, and create a plan to take your power back from the bottle.
Jane is the fictional heroine of the Betoken lifestyle blog, Good For Jane. Think of Jane as your virtual BFF. She lives a healthy lifestyle, but not like, over the top. When it’s not a pandemic, she loves hanging out with her friends, dating, and exercising in public. Throughout the pandemic she has baked her fair share of sourdoughs, gotten more than her fair share of takeout to “support her local restaurants”, ordered wine online and taken plenty of CBD to keep the anxiety at bay.
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