Given the fact that I'm incredibly hungover right now, I'm probably the best person to write this guide, depending on whether I actually survive the rest of the day or not. Obviously there are things you can do the night before to make the next day slightly easier, like not drinking as much, going home early and drinking a couple of glasses of water before you go to bed. But let's assume you did none of these things, and are becoming quite emotional as you think about facing the day ahead of you.
10) Have A Shower.
Showers always make you feel better, but on days when you've been out drinking the night before, they have the added benefit of getting rid of the smell of alcohol from your skin. This is assuming you get up in time to have a shower before you leave, which I understand is an incredibly difficult task to accomplish during a hangover.
9) Eat Some Breakfast.
Hard and all as it might be to stomach food at this hour, try and get something into you, even if it's just half a granola bar or something. You'll need fuel for the day and this will help get you to lunch.
8) Brush Your Teeth.
Similar to the shower, it gets rid of that disgusting aftertaste of whatever you were drinking last night. People you talk to throughout the day will also thank you.
7) Drink Loads Of Water.
When you drink alcohol, your body gets really dehydrated, and your brain actually shrinks as a result. Then the next day, headaches result from your brain going back to its normal size. So the more water you drink, the faster this can happen and the quicker the headaches will go away. How quickly depends entirely on just how much you had to drink the night before.
6) Have Some Painkillers On You Just In Case.
If the headache is so bad that you can't wait for your body to rehydrate, have some painkillers on hand to make it slightly more bearable.
5) Eat Fruit.
Fruit has got loads of natural sugars that can provide energy to get you through the day, and they are petty easy on the stomach as well. Bananas are probably the best because they provide potassium which is good if you've thrown up, and they also replace these things called electrolytes. Which is also good. Apparently.
4) Tactical Naps In The Toilet Are Key.
The lack of sleep means that a nap might be in order, and the bathroom is probably the best place for it. Because you can lock the door, it makes it impossible for your boss or anyone else to walk in on you and catch you out.
3) Keep Your Head Down And Don't Move Too Quickly.
I'm talking about keeping your head down as in avoiding your boss, or getting any complicated jobs. I don't mean to actually keep your head down and rest it on the nearest available surface. If you need a nap, you know where the toilet is.
2) Go For A Walk.
Fresh can really clear the head, so if you get the chance on your break or during lunch, get out of the building and just go for a wander. You're not doing it for exercise so just take it as slow as you need to.
1) Get A Ridiculously Greasy Lunch.
You've already eaten the healthy fruit, so you've earned the greasy lunch. It's not quite as satisfying as the take-away you had at 4am last night, but it's still pretty good.