Your big day is approaching and stress levels are soaring. The phone calls, e-mails, voice mails and emergency trips to the flower shop are becoming as regular as brushing your teeth. While this wedding is most likely something you’ve dreamed about since you were a little girl, it’s important to make sure the rest of your life isn’t crumbling.
It’s easy to neglect our bodies’ and minds’ needs in anticipation of such an exciting day. Make sure you take the necessary measures to relax for a blissful and successful wedding day.
1. Sleep: Remember this word? It’s what we do when we’re exhausted, burnt out or just need a break from life. Now is the perfect time to remind yourself that you deserve this natural human function. Sleep’s benefits are countless, including radiant skin, energy, clearer thoughts, happiness and joy, concentration, heart health, stress reduction, memory boost, weight loss and much more.
Turn off the ringer on your phone when you hit the hay and dive deep into that REM cycle. Sleep is a great natural way to put your mind and body back together. You’ll feel the benefits after you’ve experienced a good night’s sleep. If you need to call in sick for a day to obtain that much-needed eight hours, nobody’s stopping you. Now get to it.
2. Read: The simple act of sitting down and reading will help you focus your mind. Even though you may be concentrating your thoughts on an entirely different matter, the exercise of reading and concentrating will positively affect your ability to plan your wedding smoothly. Some people prefer magazines, some prefer literature and some prefer the newspaper.
Whichever route you choose, reading will benefit you in many ways. Besides giving your overworked brain a rest, it will take you to another world for a while. Picking up a science-fiction thriller or finding out the latest on Kanye and Kim’s relationship status are both great escapes from the stresses of life as well. Reading creates a sense of relaxation and puts your mind at ease. Hey, we can all use a break from reality every so often.
3. Do Yoga: There’s a reason why yoga has been around for thousands of years. There’s also a reason why many yogis live to an average age of 90. Yoga relieves stress and clears the mind while toning and shaping your muscles as well as increasing your metabolism. Sounds like a great package, right? You don’t have to be able to put your legs behind your head or chant in Sanskrit in order to practice yoga.
Beginner’s yoga classes are for all levels and, more importantly, extremely effective. When was the last time you inhaled through your nose until you couldn’t suck in another breath of air? While this may seem like a minute detail of yoga, these small aspects make a big difference. Stretching your muscles increases blood circulation to various important parts of your body that can sometimes get neglected. What’s more, it feels great. All in all, yoga does the body good.
4. Get Outdoors: With all of the useful resources we have these days such as the Internet, it’s easy to spend long stretches of time without seeing the light of day. Getting back in touch with nature even for a few minutes will boost your mood as well as your ability to focus. Taking a leisurely walk around your block or even sitting outside on the patio for a while will make a big difference.
Vitamin D, which our bodies make naturally when exposed to sunlight, is an essential element of our well-being, and many of us are lacking the necessary amount these days. Because there aren’t any severe symptoms, we are often unaware of this deficiency. Vitamin D can cure fatigue, acne, depression and much more. So get outside and get some sun.
5. Drink Water: A natural resource available everywhere, water is an underrated beverage. Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, is a useful tool when trying to lose weight, and improves so many aspects of your well-being. If you’re dehydrated or not drinking enough H2O, you’re not going to feel at your best.
Water improves your mood, increases the ability to concentrate, boosts your metabolism, aids in weight loss, and helps you relax because, unlike caffeinated beverages, it won’t increase your heart rate. Instead of reaching for the diet soda, grab a nice cold glass of water and spike it with some lemon or lime. It’s delicious, refreshing and the perfect way to feel good and stay healthy.
6. Pamper Yourself: In our hectic lives, we tend to forget about “me” time. Sit down and really think about what would help you relax in terms of being pampered. If you’re into massages, call your favourite spa and set up an appointment for a deep-tissue or Swedish massage. A half-hour is plenty of time to get the tension out of your muscles. A facial is also a great way to rejuvenate your skin and clear up blemishes.
Set aside an extra 20 or 30 minutes at the spa and treat yourself to a glowing complexion. Just like to keep it simple with some Pretty in Pink and Marshmallow? Make an appointment for a nice manicure and pedicure. Whatever treatment you choose, you should emerge refreshed and determined, ready to continue planning for your big day