Our Guide To Recovering From A Social Hangover

Experiencing a social hangover doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy socializing. Though it might be hard to avoid, it’s manageable.

After the past months of minimal in-person socializing, things might be heating up again, and we’re not just talking about the weather. As people plan more hangouts with friends and family, you might easily get caught up in trying to make up for lost time.

However, if you’re an introvert, the string of social activities can leave you feeling worse for wear. Chances are, you might be experiencing a social hangover. 

How Do I Know I’m Socially Hungover?

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A social hangover can feel a lot like a regular hangover that you might experience from consuming alcohol. Some of the common signs might appear right after hanging around crowds and engaging in social activities. Here are some of the symptoms that point to a social hangover:

  • Lethargy
  • Feeling drained
  • Brain fog and general lack of focus
  • Irritability
  • Wanting to be alone

Unfortunately, a social hangover may not be avoidable, but luckily, you can recharge your social battery with some social hangover remedies.

Spend Time In Nature 

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The great thing about most social hangover remedies is that they don’t require you to do too much physically. A little bit of time sitting under a tree and taking in your surroundings can do you a world of good when you’re feeling groggy.


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Run yourself a hot bath, whip out your nice bubble bath and face mask, then soak yourself in it and let that hangover melt away. A slow, timeous bath is soothing, but it can help you take a moment to yourself.

Enjoy Some Quiet

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Social hangovers are caused by overstimulation of the senses, so to combat that, try to minimize disruptive noises and any overwhelming activities.

If you’re also empathetic and tend to internalize other people’s energy, avoid trying to make small talk, particularly if it feels like it weighs on you.

Micro Breaks

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If you don’t have the time to indulge in a day of peace to yourself, find moments throughout your day when you can go to your room or stand outside for a few minutes.

You don’t have to do anything. You can just take five minutes away from your work area to take some slow, deep breathes in and out. 

Written By:
Tumisang Mosito

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