Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, but how can you actually achieve that with so much stress in the run up to your wedding? Just because it’s a busy period in your life doesn’t mean you can’t show up glowing and worry line free on the big day!
We’re going to give you our best tips on wellness for brides to keep you as relaxed as you can be in the weeks before you get married. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting stressful fitness regimes or harsh diets, all of our tips are to help you to relax and ease pre-wedding anxieties.
1. Get a dose of vitamin D
If you’re lucky enough for the month of your wedding to be sunny, or you’re getting married abroad then spend some time in the sunshine! Vitamin D boosts self-confidence and also releases endorphins which make you feel happy.
Sunbathing is great for relaxing in the weeks before your wedding. Just be sure to apply sun cream to avoid any burning or unsightly strap marks!
2. Find your inner zen
We’ve all heard how awesome meditation can be, but most of us still forget to find time to fit it in. In the run up to your wedding meditation is exactly what you need to stay calm and focused. For short guided meditations check out the Insight Timer app.
Here you’ll find a wide range of meditations to suit your needs and schedule. From a quick body scan to a loving-kindness meditation (maybe towards your difficult guests!) there are lots of options. Consider choosing a short meditation to focus on being mindful when you wake up each morning. This way you can reduce your worry lines and work on enjoying the moment.
3. Enjoy a restorative yoga class
Don’t worry this is not a stressful exercise regime. Restorative yoga is a great practice which involves getting into a comfortable position for each stretch and keeping the stretch for 5 to 10 minutes.
Usually, the classes provide candles, blankets and relaxing music which are all perfect for reducing wedding stress. Find a restorative yoga class in your local area or head to YouTube and choose a free class. If you decide on yoga at home make sure your space is free from interruptions so you can relax fully.
4. Relax with lavender oil
Lavender oil is amazing for reducing stress. Place a few drops on your pillow at night to help you drift off to sleep or rub onto your temples to help reduce that wedmin headache. In the run up to your wedding, and on the big day, a bottle of lavender oil should live in your handbag.
5. Eat your greens
We’re not recommending any particular diet to help you lose weight before your wedding however, healthy eating will help your body to feel its best. So try to eat lots of healthy fruit and vegetables in the weeks before you get married.
In the few days before your wedding go for lighter options and avoid too much sugar or carbs. This way you won’t feel bloated and your skin will be at it’s best. You can also avoid breakouts with healthy eating and drinking plenty of water.
6. Have a pamper session
Sometimes in the midst of the madness, you just need to take your mind off the wedding. So schedule pamper nights or days. Head off to a spa with your bridesmaids or have a girls movie night in with popcorn and face masks. However you relax, make sure you schedule the time to enjoy nights with your friends.
7. Try Forest bathing
Now this one might sound a little strange, and no we’re not telling you to go and have a bath in the middle of the woods. Forest bathing (or Shinrin Yoku) is a Japenese method of reducing stress. It’s the same as sunbathing except you’re bathing in the green soft light of the forest.
Go for a walk in your nearest forest to clear your mind and get back to nature. This is great for not only your physical health, because you’re walking, but also for your mental health.
To sum up
You might want to undertake a crazy diet regime or a strict wedding exercise plan but also remember to schedule some of these activities. If you’re too strict with yourself you’re only going to cause more stress.
Whatever your goals are before your wedding, if you want to look your best on your big day, try to focus on your overall wellness including how you feel on the inside. Think about caring for you and remember, wedding planning can be stressful, so sometimes it’s ok to do absolutely nothing for a bit.