The most important lesson I’ve learned in order to be a glowing bride-to-be? Commit to less stress and more rest. As part of the JSHealth community, you likely already lead a healthy life and don’t need to change much. But to truly look and feel your best on the big day – and to savour every moment of it – I have a few tips to keep the inevitable wedding stress under control.
Less stress, more rest! Rest is my number one health tip! I am committed to putting as little stress on myself this year as I possibly can. That means lots of yoga, early nights, practicing deep breathing, and treating myself to a massage when I can. I also go into the Stress Free Zone – every day I take 20 minutes to simply rest without any phone, emails or other distractions.
Say NO to some commitments. I am just one month away from one of the biggest days of my life, so I am only taking on commitments I can handle while also planning a wedding! It is so important to be present and to enjoy the experience leading up to your big day – so I am always aware of that.
Disconnect from technology. And be strict about it! Too much social media and laptop time is stressful. Your body can’t handle it. I make sure to say goodnight to my phone and laptop by 9pm, to ensure I rest well and give my eyes, body and mind a much-needed break. And I love to take a full break from social media every Sunday.
Exercise less, but smarter. Many brides put immense pressure on themselves to exercise like crazy. Instead, focus on movement – but not too much. A bride-to-be needs to recognize the importance of being gentle and kind to her body. I suggest 30 minutes a day is enough, and I think at least one rest day is essential too. You can learn more about my favourite bridal moves in this recent post.
Manifest a healthy relationship with food. And yourself, too! I view healthy eating as the key to a less stressful life. Listen to what your body needs and don’t be too strict with yourself – this just leads to a more compliated relationship with food. Dieting will only add unnecessary stress to your wedding plans. Focus on balance and realize that “perfect eating” doesn’t exist.