For some, these fears and uncertainties are nothing more than ordinary anxieties brought on by letting their guard down the night before. For others, however, worry is overwhelming, and it's not only from overindulging or your mind's attempt to put together a blurry night. The overpowering feeling of stress and anxiety that follows too much drinking is so widespread that Reddit has a subreddit dedicated to it. So how can you avoid this hangover anxiety?
The apparent solution to avoiding hangovers (and thus hangover anxiety) in the first place is to drink less, which for some people is easier said than done. What's most important is being aware of your tolerance—not just how much you can drink, but also which types of alcohol tend to push you over the edge or make you feel worse emotionally. This may mean that for some people it's good that you avoid mixed drinks and stick to them all night, or that you avoid spirits. You can also pace yourself when you drink and drink water with your alcoholic drinks to stay in control.
This may imply that you should avoid mixed cocktails and stick to them all night, or that you should avoid spirits. To stay in control, you can also pace yourself when drinking and consuming water with your alcoholic beverages.
Dry January or another abstinence period may be a useful experiment; if you find that you feel better psychologically, or are less sluggish, worried, or sleep better without drinking, it may be worth limiting your alcohol use.
If you're already hungover and anxious, the best medicine is to get some exercise. Now, if you've just vomited or are feeling very sick, you may not be up for a long run or weight lifting session, but a short walk around the block or a period on a stationary bike will do. Also, studies have shown that any type of aerobic exercise can help calm high levels of anxiety.
Hangover anxiety is not a direct manifestation of anxiety disorder. It is simply a symptom of drinking too much alcohol and causes anxiety in the mind and body over withdrawal. However, if you feel so anxious or depressed after drinking that it interferes with your daily life, or you can't seem to shake it, assess your relationship with alcohol and examine how it affects your mental health. You could ask yourself what motivates you to drink enough alcohol to cause anxiety? Do you drink excessively because of social anxiety, depression, or general anxiety, or do you drink to escape? Everyone has a different tolerance and reaction to alcohol, but the most important thing is that it should not interfere with a healthy life. So if it does affect your mental health because of alcohol, seek help from a psychologist.