Waking up after a night out is already the worst feeling. Dry mouth, alcohol mixing in your stomach and a head as heavy as the night before was. Throw a large bit of worry into the mix and you’ve got yourself hangxiety.
Being an anxious person in general seems to take it’s toll majorly on day to day life. People struggle in different ways but, for me, it plays on how I am socially. I tend to worry what people think about me even though I know I don’t really care too much, and I struggle juggling day to day work and uni life.
Stressing more than writing – which is obviously great when trying to complete a dissertation, right?
Hangxiety, of course, stems from wider mental health issues. One in six of us in the UK suffer with anxiety, impacting us all differently but mutually praying on our minds. It can feel hard to talk about it sometimes, which is why alcohol can end up being a coping mechanism, even though it’s also your worst enemy. When did hangovers go from rolling around with your mates laughing at what you did the night before to sitting in bed crying about missing work or a lecture? It’s an overwhelming feeling of panic about what you said the previous night, even though your friends keep confirming you did absolutely nothing wrong (typical that you just don’t believe them though, isn’t it?)
Sometimes it can feel like an endless cycle, you wake up hungover and you didn’t go to the lecture and now you’re anxious about missing the lecture and you feel sick and tired and stressed and swear to never drink again. But give it a day and the cycle will continue.
So how do we cope with this? Do we hide away from those Wednesday nights at Mangos and stop having fun in fear of how we’ll feel the next day? Well yes and no, I guess. I’m not an expert, just a writer spurting feelings from a hangxious frame of mind.
But maybe I should take my own advice; be more rational, drink less, sleep better, focus more.
As unrealistic as it sounds as a student, all we can do is try.