5 ways to look after yourself in the lead up to your wedding

November 13, 2020

Planning a wedding can be difficult. I get it, I’ve been there. For the majority of us, it will be the first time we have planned an event of this scale, so it’s not surprising that it can become a little overwhelming at times. By the same token, we also want to look and feel our best on our wedding day and stress doesn’t help us to achieve this. These are a couple of things that can be helpful to keep you calm during the lead up to your wedding!

 

Meditation

I wish I had heard more about meditation when I was planning my wedding. I think it would have helped to calm my mind. If you’re an over-thinker like me, you may think of every possible thing that could go wrong… This is where meditation may help. There have been thousands of studies done that show the benefits of meditation for reducing stress, improving sleep and increasing focus. Now that’s what we want before a wedding!

 

If you’re new to meditation, it may be a tough one to implement regularly, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Meditation for two minutes can be beneficial! There are some great apps that help with this, such as Insight Timer (my personal fave) and Headspace. Both of these have ‘guided meditations’ which as the name suggests, guide you through a meditation! Taking intentional time to calm your mind can work wonders!

 

Gentle exercise

For many, the lead up to a wedding may mean that you’re on a #wedshred and doing high-intensity workouts. While these can be beneficial, they can actually increase stress on your body if you’re already feeling stressed. It doesn’t mean that you have to stop exercising. However, introducing some gentle exercise such as yoga and walking can be incredibly calming. Multiple studies have shown that yoga can help to decrease cortisol which is our primary stress hormone!

 

Supplements for extra support

The topic of supplements is debatable, but I am all for gaining a little extra support from a good quality supplement, especially when trying to avoid any bugs in the lead up to a wedding! Supplements such as a multi-vitamin, vitamin C or Olive Leaf for immunity, magnesium at night to help you relax and collagen for hair, skin and nails can all provide a great boost.

 

Sleeeeeep

This one goes without saying, but when there is a lot going on, sleep may easily become the least of your priorities. I found that getting into bed earlier than usual gave me extra time to relax, and thereby helped me to fall asleep more easily.

 

Here are some other things that can help:

  • Instead of being on your phone, read a book and drink some calming tea, such as Chamomile.
  • Apps such as Insight timer also have an awesome sleeping section you can use to help – such as sleep stories!
  • A hot bath before bed with Lavender Essential Oil
  • Diffusing Lavender Essential Oil in your room.
  • A magnesium supplement to relax your body or natural sleeping supplements such as BePure Deep Sleep.

I hope some of these tips help you in the lead up to your wedding! You’ve got this x

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