Well, well, well, looks like someone went a little too heavy at the bar last night and is feeling like crap today. Surprise! Now don’t go blaming anyone but yourself. Simply check out Modern Manners Guy’s 3 tips for how to handle a hangover.
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If you’ve read or listened to Modern Manners Guy in the past (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you know I openly admit to being a bit of a lightweight when it comes to drinking. Not that I don’t enjoy a nice glass of the grown up stuff, but you won’t find me in a drinking contest anytime soon. And if I have one two many, you can bet that a hangover of some shape and size will find its way to my doorstep the next morning.
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At a recent guy’s weekend with some good friends, I slept maybe 8 hours total…and had a blast! But as soon as the plane landed – as if on cue – I saw Mr. Hangover and his band of misfits approaching from my rearview mirror. Thankfully, my trip was not as over the top as in the movie The Hangover. No one of was left stranded on the roof, or accidently married an exotic dancer. That would be an entirely different MMG article.
Nonetheless, even though my party weekend was tame compared to the shenanigans in the movie, the next morning I still woke up feeling like I just fought to the death in a steel cage match. But despite that terrible feeling, I couldn’t let it affect my day and life. I’m a parent, a professional, and have things to do, and I can’t let a massive headache and body pain get in the way.
See also: How to Call Out Sick to Work
So before you lose your temper at the slightest noise or inconvenience, or feel like spending your entire day in bed, with ice packs, buck up my friends and check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper hangover etiquette:
Tip #1: Be a Professional
Pizza is my favorite food. Steak, yes. Pasta, for sure! But pizza? Hands down the king. In fact, I believe any pizza is better than no pizza at all. A similar notion can be said about someone who decides to skip out on work because they are too lazy or nursing a monster hangover. Regardless of how you feel/look/smell, like pizza, any version of you is better than none at all. This goes double for when people are counting on you. I understand that everyone needs a day off (I sure do) but you have to be picky with those. When I got home from my party weekend, I felt like death, yet I had work to do, deadlines to meet, meetings to attend. How could I use the excuse: “Yeah sorry but I had a guy’s weekend away and feel like crap…”? Who would buy this excuse at 34? I mean, maybe at 24, right out of college and then have everyone tease you about it, but that’s it. When it comes to skipping out of work for a hangover, you only get to play that card once before you’re known as “that guy/girl” who is irresponsible.
When you find yourself in so much pain that you can’t get to work, you better be darn sure that everything for that day is cleared and done. By that I mean, if you owe someone something but can’t get to it because of a hangover, that’s unacceptable. Same goes for a meeting. If you are supposed to be somewhere but can’t because you’re face deep in the toilet, that makes you look juvenile and unreliable.
See also: Meeting Cancellation Etiquette
When it comes to work, no one will tolerate you calling out because of a hangover more than once. Even once may be a stretch, depending on where you work. It’s not the same as being out with a cold, stomach bug, or allergies. All those are acceptable and out of your control. But calling out because of a hangover? You better have a hilarious story to entertain your colleagues which warranted that much drinking. As I said about any pizza being better than none, do at least the bare minimum you can for that day, even if you are stuck in bed. We all have smartphones, tablets, computers. You don’t have to look or smell like roses to check email or make a call – all from your bed! Remember, anything that you can do is better than nothing at all.