Updated: Jan 7
Preparing for your wedding day can be stressful even under the best of circumstances. When that stress starts to affect your health, it’s crucial to take steps to feel better and get your body and mind back on track. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be complicated or add more to your already full plate, but you’ll need to think about your specific needs before making any significant changes to your schedule or routine.
Some common issues for brides-to-be are not getting enough sleep and not eating enough (or stress eating). By finding a way to tackle these problems, you can ensure that you’re feeling and looking great when the big day rolls around.
Having a daily fitness routine is important to how you look, feel. and even sleep. It’s easy to put that on the back burner when you have so many other things taking up your day. Getting to the gym for workouts can seem like just one more thing you don’t have time to do, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not exercising can actually make you feel more tired, less energized and certainly not bright eyed and glowing. If you really find you can’t make it to the gym, find a really good online course like these home-office-travel workouts from Lewis Performance Training.
Take a Multivitamin
When it comes to your wedding day, few things are seemingly as important as how you look in that dress. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and you want everything to be perfect. It’s important to ensure you’re taking care of yourself, however, and to refrain from under-eating or crash dieting. Multivitamins can help you achieve your goals by boosting your metabolism and immune system, but it’s crucial to find the right kind of vitamin for you. Make sure you know which nutrients are included on the label, and if any of them are questionable, move on.
Plan Your Meals
When you’re busy planning a wedding and all that goes along with it, you might find it difficult to eat healthy food every day, although this is a bit easier when you work from home. Whether you’re too busy to do much more than snack or you’re reaching for comfort foods to cope with stress, there are several eating habits that can end up being harmful if practiced too long. Instead, try planning your meals ahead of time by doing meal prep on Sunday night for the entire week. You can find tons of healthy choices and freeze them, which will take the guesswork out of lunch and dinner but still allow you to eat well.
Create a Sleep Routine
You might find good sleep elusive while planning your wedding; stress or anxiety can be major influencers when it comes to lying awake at night. A lack of rest can take a toll on your mood, your overall health, and your ability to function the next day, so Harvard Medical School notes it’s important to think about how you can create a sleep routine at night that will help you relax. You might turn off all your devices an hour before bedtime, or take a hot shower and use lavender-scented lotion afterward. Additionally, take steps to enhance your bedroom to optimize sleep. Remove any clutter, clean, reorganize and perhaps even add new blinds or curtains to invite positivity and calm.
Ask for Help
It’s not always easy to ask for help, especially with something as huge as your wedding day; you want everything to be perfect, and you probably have a specific vision for getting there. It’s never a good idea to shoulder everything yourself, as it could cause you to become overstressed. Instead, ask those closest to you for help with a few things. Even if it’s only for small tasks, it will remove some of the burdens from you so you can focus on feeling better and, as Brides magazine points out, getting in a little self-care.
Learning how to delegate and ask for help will be extremely important during this time. You may feel pressured to get everything done yourself, or you may have a very specific idea about how things should go on your wedding day — and that’s okay! You can be involved in the planning without taking on too much. Talk to your friends, wedding party, and family members to get their input and to ask for their assistance in these early stages of planning.
Boosting your health on the way to your wedding day may seem like a never-ending task, but if you can plan well, you’ll ensure that you can work a little self-care into each day. Not only will this help you feel better, but it will also allow you to focus on one of the most important days of your life rather than on the more stressful aspects.
Written by Eleanor Wyatt