If you party like a rockstar but recover like a trainwreck, you can at least console yourself with the fact that you’re not alone. Whatever hangover nightmare you’ve woken up to, someone has been there before and found a way through. Read on for five pieces of advice (and some embarrassing stories) to make you feel better about your own predicament:
1. Drained bank accounts
Waking up to discover your drunk-self spent all the money you worked hard to save can be a harsh blow, especially if it leaves you skint until next payday. Thankfully, this problem can be solved with small cash loans. Just be sure you’re recovered enough to read the fine print and customer reviews.
To make you feel better: at least you didn’t blow $9.7 million of your company’s money on a drunken trading binge. Steve Perkins, a futures trader, lost his job doing just that.
2. Mystery injuries
Innocent nights out often turn into full-blown blackouts, complete with mystery injuries. While cuts and bruises aren’t much of an issue, sprains and fractures can be embarrassing if you have to explain to hospital staff that you have no idea what happened.
If this is you, don’t let shame or hangover intensity prevent you from seeking medical attention. Have a friend help you get to the hospital, drink plenty of water, and soak up the unpleasantness of the situation – the more fully you experience it, the more powerfully it will come back to you next time you’re tempted to overdo it.
3. Office Party Regrets
There are few things more mortifying than waking up after an office party and realizing you’ve embarrassed yourself. However, you can take comfort in the fact that most people have had a mortifying drunken experience, so few will hold it against you. If anything, they’ll find it funny. And if you’re willing to take their jokes, people will actually find the whole thing endearing.
To make you feel better: While you might have to endure a week or two of snickering, at least you don’t work at Microsoft where the drunken office parties got so out of hand they led to multi-million dollar lawsuits.
4. Drunk Texting
As if your raging hangover wasn’t bad enough, that sense of dread you feel when you look at your phone and see the barrage of texts you sent can be brutal. While professing poorly-typed love for your friends is sweet, if you called your ex 97 times and sent an ungodly amount of bizarre messages, there’s not a whole lot you can do apart from apologizing and moving on.
If you’re a repeat offender, consider installing a drunk text prevention app on your phone. And console yourself with the fact that there’s at least one person in the world who’s more insane with her phone than you.
5. Drunk Driving
While it can be chilling to wake up in your own bed and realize you drove yourself home drunk, the situation could be far worse. Some people wake up in a hospital bed or a jail cell with no recollection of having driven drunk, let alone having gotten into an accident.
If you have a habit of driving drunk, it is imperative that you take measures to prevent this from happening again in the future. Doing so will protect the lives, safety, and freedom of yourself and others.
Hangover regrets can range from funny to life-shattering. So, if you still have your health, your livelihood, and your freedom intact, you can count yourself lucky.