8 reasons you shouldn’t let hangxiety get the better of you

The morning after should be for maccies and chills, not guilt

Written by Liv Grady

September 20, 2021


Freshers is on the horizon and clubs are back, that means the return of big nights out, parties and booze. But, that also means the return of hangxiety. If you have ever woken up from a fun night out with friends, only to feel guilty and crippled with anxiety, then you too might suffer from hangxiety.

According to the Urban Dictionary, Hangxiety is: “The feeling of overwhelming guilt, stress, and worry you experience the day after a drinking binge. Hang-over Anxiety. Hangxiety!”

If you want to wake up and actually look back on a night out with fondness rather than shame and regret, keep reading.

Why do we get hangxiety?

Believe it or not, there is an actual scientific reason behind this feeling of stress and regret, it isn’t just your brain playing tricks on you. When you drink there is an increase of the GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), which causes you to feel relaxed and calm. As soon as you stop drinking and finally go to sleep, your body starts to have withdrawl symptoms from GABA.

It gets used to having higher levels to feel calm and once you take it away, the stress starts to set in. Combine that a short and restless sleep and there you have it: Hangxiety.

Why we shouldn’t let hangxiety bother us

  • It is scientific
  • You had a really good night
  • Nobody else cares

it is scientific

It isn’t based on something you did or said. No matter how much you might be replaying those cringey conversations in your head, they won’t be as bad as you think. Our brain is programmed to catastrophize these situations and make them feel worse.

You had a really good night

Despite how anxious you might feel the next morning, it is important to remember the fun parts of the night. We often let our negative feelings overshadow our positive ones. Don’t let the demons in. Text your group chat and share the funny moments and photos.

nobody else cares

Stop playing those conversations over in your head and rewatching last night’s insta stories. The truth is, humans are self centred. Everyone will be having the exact same thoughts on how they, themselves, acted. It’s a guarantee that they won’t be thinking about your oversharing or the time you had to be sick in the club toilets.


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