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With pandemic restrictions lifted across the country, many are booking their calenders with a ton of social events. However, there is such a thing as being too social with many experiencing a “social hangover.”

Some might think this is a made-up condition, but a “social hangover” is a very real feeling that was recently examined by VICE News.

Therapist Melissa Russiano told VICE News, “A social hangover can feel like you’re walking in quicksand or being surrounded by a fog. Everything takes more work, more energy, and appears to be overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting.”

While some might be quick to point out that casual drinking and/or drug use during gatherings might be the real culprit behind a “social hangover,” even those who stay sober during gatherings are experiencing this unique malaise. This is due to the fact that most of us are still getting used to having plans again after not leaving our homes very much for nearly 16 months.

So, what’s the best way to prevent a “social hangover”? Russiano advises, “Make sure there’s enough recharge time on a daily basis. Social hangovers are not about two weeks of vacation per year. They’re about finding time daily to recharge.” Ways to do this can be just to sleep in a little or making time for short naps or even just having a little bit of alone time every day.

VICE News also notes, “One way you could build in time for all this recharging by adopting the two-plans weekend, a concept that is exactly what it sounds like: Making only two set plans per weekend, and filling in the rest of the time with rest and irresistible impromptu invites.”

The moral to all of this: You can still be social again, but don’t forget the art of “self-care” in the process.

 

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.