Women's Health: How to manage an emotional hangover
In our latest contribution to the national press, Felicity shares her psychological perspective on the phenomenon of the Emotional Hangover in Women's Health magazine.
Although 'emotional hangover' is not a clinical term, many people will be familiar with the experience of becoming emotionally and physically drained as a result of a distressing interaction or event.
It could be aggression from another driver during your commute, a tough day at work or an unexpected financial burden that triggers the fight-or-flight response. While the more immediate physiological symptoms typically pass quickly, often our emotional reaction continues for some time afterwards. This can lead to a more prolonged feeling of fatigue, lethargy and brain fog.
Ways to manage an emotional hangover:
❤️ Acknowledge your feelings
Denying or trying to hide how you feel is effortful and will potentially use up what little energy you have.
🧡 Show yourself some self-compassion
Take some time to recuperate if you can. Cancel unnecessary plans and don't take on new tasks.
💜 Focus on the positives
Try to shift your attention away from negative thoughts associated with the situation. Bring to mind something that’s going well in your life or look at photos of past pleasurable experiences.
BUT, if you’re struggling with prolonged emotional fatigue and low mood, especially after a traumatic event, make sure you seek professional help.