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Mind, body & soul

Mindful Recovery

With the party season around the corner, how do we let our hair down without worrying about the next day? By incorporating elements of mindfulness to your party preparation and recovery, you can still enjoy yourself and wake up feeling your very best.




Start the night before

1. Make sure you have plenty of food in your stomach, this is just like carb loading for a big run.

2. Choose your drinks wisely. Carbonated drinks will speed up the absorption of alcohol into your system so think twice about your usual popular party mixer.

3. As simple as it sounds, ‘slow down’. The best way to avoid having to recover the day after a party is to drink slowly and alternate each alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one, preferably water.

After doing all the above – do you still find yourself the next morning curled up in the fetal position and not feeling vivacious? Here is what you can do to make the rest of the day more tolerable and recover from a big night out naturally.




1. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Alcohol decreases the body’s production of the anti-diuretic hormone, which is used by the body to reabsorb water.

2. Avoid any caffeinated drinks which will further dehydrate you. Coffee is a diuretic so this is a big no-no.

3. While it might be tempting to reach for the pill bottle to soothe the pain, avoid aspirin which will further disrupt your stomach post-drinking. Drinking (even a little) makes your stomach produce more acid than usual, which can, in turn, cause gastritis. This triggers stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

4. Whilst ‘hair of the dog’ might seem like a tempting solution, you’ll only be postponing your down casting feeling. So resist the temptation of reaching for a Bloody Mary.

5. Your liver needs as much help as it can get the next day so consume liver-loving foods such as garlic, avocado, lemon and green tea.

Learn more on mindful recovery; with an exclusive offer of 10% off Ashley Hunt’s online courses when you use code MVMAG.

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