How to cope with hangxiety

How to cope with hangxiety

If you’re partial to heading to the bar or pub at the weekend, you’re probably familiar with the pounding headache, nausea, and dry mouth that plagues you the following day – the dreaded hangover. But aside from these physical symptoms, you may have also experienced a sense of dread or regret that has nothing to do with your headache. This is called ‘hangxiety’ and don’t worry, we’ve all been there. 

We wanted to learn more about this invisible phenomenon so TRIP surveyed 2,000 people across the UK to learn more about how hangxiety affects us and what some good remedies might be to help combat it.

What are the symptoms of hangxiety?

We’re willing to bet that you’ve experienced a physical hangover at least once in your life. The physical symptoms of a hangover are similar for everyone but hangxiety can feel different to each person who experiences it. 

The most common thing to feel was regret with over a third of the people we interviewed feeling anxious about oversharing information, spending too much money, and seeming too drunk on a night out. One particular age group (looking at you 18-24 year-olds) also felt anxiety around flirting with people on a night out – cheeky – but almost every age group felt hangxiety over spending too much money, a relatable feeling during the cost of living crisis.

Northern Ireland is the hangxiety capital of the UK

According to our data, over 45% of people from Northern Ireland have experienced hangixety after drinking too much the night before. Those in the North-West of England (37%) and Londoners (36%) are the next most likely to experience feelings of dread after a night out – with most people saying they feel this way due to overspending the night before.

The best ways to stop hangxiety

We’re sorry to tell you there isn’t a surefire cure for hangxiety out there other than time! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to help while you wait for the hangover to subside. 

Over a quarter of the people we spoke to said that drinking plenty of water, eating good food, exercising, and getting lots of rest were their preferred ways of healing their hangxiety. A fifth of people also touted natural remedies, such as CBD oil and chamomile tea, as great ways to help. 

1. Take some natural remedies

Natural remedies such as TRIP’s CBD drinks range are here to help you relax and unwind so you can feel less anxious. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants, but unlike its well-known counterpart THC, CBD won’t get you high. However it does still have the ability to help you find moments of calm in a busy day.

2. Try to avoid places that make you feel anxious

Avoiding places you know that make you feel anxious might help as certain environments can exacerbate hangxiety in some people. Almost 2 in 5 people aged 25-34 admit that the bar is where their feelings of hangxiety are most heightened.

But this might not always be the easiest thing to do. Respondents under 24 and over 55 feel the most affected by hangxiety when they are alone in their own house – all the more reason to go outdoors and get some fresh air – while 35 to 55-year-old’s find their friend's house to be the trigger for their hangxiety.

3. Take care of your physical symptoms

If you can’t avoid the place that makes you feel anxious, try tackling the physical symptoms of your hangover instead. 

  • Rehydrate by sipping plenty of water and electrolyte-rich drinks over the day.
  • Eat something light (if you can stomach it), and try to avoid overly greasy or processed foods (no matter how good that burger and chips sound). 
  • Sleep when you can for as long as you need to help your body recover.

4. Get outdoors

Going outside for some light exercise can help blow away the cobwebs and make you feel much brighter after a boozy night! 

In fact, 25% of people we spoke to said that exercise helps with their feelings of hangxiety. Whether you’re taking a stroll in the park, visiting your favourite botanical garden, or taking the dog for a walk, spending time in nature can help to improve those anxious, uneasy feelings. 

Try TRIP’s range of CBD products

Pick up one of our CBD products to help you unwind and ease that hangxiety. 

CBD oil is a plant-powered way to help you relax, all you need to do is take a few drops under your tongue and hold for one minute before bed. Alternatively, our CBD drinks are perfect for drinking chilled from the can and have a whole host of relaxing ingredients to help you unwind. Want to learn more? Check out why CBD is good for your mental health. THC-free, vegan, and powered by natural adaptogens, our range of CBD drinks and CBD oils can help you relax and feel more you. Stress-free sipping without the hangover – we’ll drink to that!