That feeling. You know the one.
You're so excited to be out doing stuff again! Seeing people IRL! Choosing an outfit! Doing your hair and makeup! Catching transport!
You meet up with your friends for a boozy lunch in a busy restaurant, catching up, having some lols. You kick on until the evening - and oh, we're dancing! And it's crowded! Loud! SO MANY PEOPLE!
And then you wake up the next morning feeling... drained. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally.
It's like a normal hangover, except not. Is it worse? Possibly.
You kind of feel like you need to hide yourself away for a week and sleep/stare at the TV just to recover.
It's called a 'social hangover' and it's a term that has been gaining a lotta traction post-pandemic. So, you're not alone.
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After the constant re-adjusting, many of us just don't have the same amount of cognitive energy or capacity to hop from one social function to the next. These days, more than one social engagement a week can feel like A LOT.
Dinner on a Friday and drinks on a Saturday? We're already exhausted just thinking about it.
The batteries. They need time to recharge.
So, what are some signs you should look out for? And how should you deal with it?