How to survive a hangover when you’ve got somewhere important to be
In light of my last post about what to do if you’re alone and/or friendless, here comes what I’ve learnt this week: how to pull off a hangover when staying in bed is not an option.
As hoped and prayed for, my social life awoke from its slumber (briefly) for my graduation ball. This thing starts at 7pm, and ends at 7am. I had to be somewhere for 10am. And so being the first-rate control freak I am, I took some measures to ensure that I would maybe, possibly, get away with it.
Disclaimer: I wouldn’t normally go out the night before a commitment because that’s IRRESPONSIBLE of course. But it’s the grad ball, and I’m pretty boring, like, 90% of the time.
Anyways, here are my tips for the next time you find yourself hobbling into bed (the cruelty of heels never leaves me) at the crack o’ dawn and your pillow feels like a beautiful comfort nirvana – but then you have to be up and out the door before the birds have finished their morning chorus.
The night before:
- Choose your next-day outfit, and lay it out, pants and all. The extra minutes in bed will be worth it. Note, something with a stretchy waistband.
- Make your lunch (if its work, or somewhere that needs lunch…). I recommend cold plain pizza, because your fragile fragile stomach may accept it. Maybe a doughnut too.
- Put a bottle of water by your bed – bottled, LEST a spider or something falls in it overnight. Just imagine that.
- Pack some paracetamol (not ibuprofen, someone once told me it’s a stomach irritant) in your bag for the morning, as well as some plasters for the inevitable blisters your dancin’ shoes gave you.
In the morning: (whilst you’re ruefully remembering saying ‘let’s go out, YOLO’ or words to that effect:)
- Toast and Marmite is the breakfast you need (unless you don’t like Marmite, in which case please offer suggestions should I go veggie one day). It gives you just the dry, salty hit you want. Accompany with water, followed by Lucozade or OJ.
- Mix your foundation with a little moisturiser to perk up that complexion, but not too much, else you may imitate the sweaty, slightly green pallor of the undead.
- Curl your eyelashes, especially if you forgo other eye makeup, because it makes your eyes bigger and brighter.
- Pull your hair into a neat pony or bun and work the model-off-duty look, as opposed to having lanky, beer-scented hair around your face, working the Pete Doherty look. Earrings can detract from the tiredness of your face too
- Eat a couple mints as you go along, because everything is better minty fresh, fact.
So there you have it, a few guidelines to pull off a hangover when you haven’t got the luxury of staying in bed/on the sofa all day. Got any tried and tested tips of your own?