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Spontaneity is what makes the holiday season so much fun. Dinners tend to go long, and even work parties can end up being late nights. (Hello, mezcal… on a Tuesday!) But with all that holiday cheer, even the most responsible among us might find ourselves with at least one completely unplanned headache before December is over. How am I qualified to author this piece? Let’s just say that I’m really fun at parties… and these are my tried-and-true tips for getting back on my feet again the next day fast. Note: This is NOT medical advice. This is more like Cool Older Cousin advice, offered by yours truly. Read on for 5 ways to feel better fast after a crazy holiday party.

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Give yourself a shock of cold water.

After a night where drinking’s involved, the membrane that encases your brain shrinks, which causes a solid headache. You can relieve some of that pressure by jumping in a cold body of water, taking a cold shower, or even just putting a bag of ice on your temples.

Hydrate with a detox smoothie

Smoothies are a great solution, especially if you’re having digestive issues. This one is packed with electrolytes and so much good stuff — spinach, coconut oil, almond milk and bananas. And since hydration is key, smoothies will give you lots of it even if you don’t feel like guzzling water.

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Drink a real Coke. 

I’m not talking about a diet soda, or any old soda… I’m talking about Coca-Cola (preferably a Mexican Coca-Cola, if you can find one). In my personal experience, there’s just something about the combination of sugar, caffeine, and carbonation that is truly life saving. Hey, you can’t beat the real thing.

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Eat a banana.

When it comes to hangovers, bananas really are a superfood. They contain high amounts of magnesium and potassium, which are depleted after drinking too much alcohol. They’re also soft and easily digestible.

Break a sweat.

Exercise gets blood flowing and releases feel-good endorphins. Go for a jog, hit up a spin class – honestly, do whatever makes you feel happy. Yoga is especially good for stimulating the lymphatic system and detoxifying the body.

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Focus on your breathing.

Deep breathing is a powerful tool for getting through all types of pain and discomfort, and fills your body with healing oxygen. Focus on your breath and remember — this too shall pass!

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    Jen | December 7, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Hi. I’ve never posted a comment on a blog before but feel compelled to do so today in response to this blog post about hangovers. I have noticed that a lot of your content is about cocktails, and although I’m not a prohibitionist, I do think we should examine the message this sends to women. Everywhere we go, women are faced with messaging that we should drink (brunch, happy hour, holiday party, after yoga, before yoga, just to get through motherhood, etc.) as part of a cool and modern lifestyle. However, binge drinking has been linked to higher rates of cancer, heart disease, depression, and suicide, and women are twice as likely to engage in heavy drinking than they were 10 years ago. Recent studies show that there is no amount of alcohol use that is healthy and that alcohol is the leading risk factor of premature death in women. Even your post states that binge drinking shrinks the membrane around your brain. Yikes! Considering that a lot of your other content is about wellness, I urge you to rethink how you address alcohol and not glamorize the hangover. Thanks for listening!

    • Katherine Fluor | December 7, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Hi Jen,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for reminding us all of the importance to take a closer look at these issues. We agree with you, and always do our best to give our readers content that promotes a positive lifestyle and supports healthy habits. We do not support or glamorize binge drinking in any form, and take our health and that of our readers very seriously. With that said, we strive to give our readers daily inspiration to take joy and pleasure in life, which for many of us can include responsibly enjoying wine and cocktails. We know that everyone is human and might have one glass too many – and we want to be there for those readers that may need some help getting back on their feet so they can show up and be their happiest and most energized selves the next day. We appreciate you commenting and bringing these issues to light – it’s so important.

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    Melinda | December 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I appreciate this. My husband, myself, and our three kids just came back from a week in Hawaii to celebrate my Mom’s 6oth Birthday. She wanted to have the kids one night so my husband and myself had a dinner date night at the Modern Honolulu. We were having the best time and the night ended waaaayyy longer than we intended. With still adjusting to the time difference, waking up with the kids for a planned hike at Diamond Head in the morning with the whole family, I had no other option to “Women Up!” Having a coke does help! Topo Chico too and a big meal always helps me after those, “Dang it! I had too many drink moments.” 🙂

    • Camille Styles | December 21, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Haha, thanks for sharing Melinda – I have sooo been there!

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    Melinda | December 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm


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