6 Ways To Cure An Emotional Hangover
An “emotional hangover” is similar to a typical hangover in which you remember certain details from the day before, you might feel guilty about something that transpired (even if you did nothing wrong).
Your body may feel stressed or tired, and you would rather just rest. This state of emotional exhaustion can last all day, a few days, or even weeks. Some people recover from “emotional hangovers” very well, while others may plunge deeper and deeper into despair. At this point it will be essential to pursue medical or mental health services.
It will also be important to care for yourself in appropriate ways so that you can bounce back as a healthy new person. Here is a listing of self-care tools that you can use to help you bounce back from an “emotional hangover”
Exercise is extremely important for people under chronic stress. Stress, at very high levels, reduces the body’s ability to cope. Our stress mechanism turns on when we need to act quickly (fight or flight) and turns off when we don’t need it. While under chronic stress, the stress mechanism turns on for no apparent reason.
So the body is in a state of constant anxiety. To reduce this, you want to move around: take a walk, jog, clean, or try my favorite activity Zumba.
2. Eat Well
Eating well is very beneficial (leafy green veggies, wheat/whole grains, fruits, etc.) so that your mood can be stabilized. Proper nutrition has a positive influence over mood and can act as a natural medicine.
3. Have a Good Cry
Sometimes you simply need to cry by yourself or to a trusted, loving person. Crying is something that not only emotionally releases tension but also helps “unload” the heart. It’s catharsis.
4. Prayer or Self-reflection
Spending time in prayer is wonderful once you learn how to speak your heart and mind. Just start talking from your heart…that’s all you have to do. Spend some time alone (30min) ironing out what bothers you. Reflect and think out loud. Write a Journal or audio record yourself speaking about your emotions and challenges.
5. Engage in a Psychological Retreat
If you are feeling overwhelmed, get away! Do something healthy to remove yourself psychologically from your immediate environment. Think about something that makes you happy, listen to music, or take a walk. Travel, try that new story you have wanted to try, or take a walk through a park.
6. Engage in Introspection
looing within for emotions or thoughts before you get out of bed in the morning can be very beneficial. I am a big proponent of self-reflection and spiritual pursuit. You will be amazed at what you can find out about yourself. You might even find the motivation to change some behaviors or habits you don’t particularly like.