Planning a wedding is an exciting time in one’s life. Yet, it is time-consuming and sometimes, it can be an overwhelming process. It can be easy to forget about nurturing your own health and well-being.
Ignoring your health for the sake of planning your wedding only backfires. The stress of designing your wedding is already high, ignoring your mental, physical, social, and emotional health will create additional stress and lead to many other unfavorable consequences.
Here are healthy habits to adopt before your wedding:
1. Add Movement to Your Daily Routine
Moving your body is essential for your mental and physical health. Working out regularly will help you reach your physical goals, gain confidence, boost your mood, increase energy, decrease the risk of disease, and reduce stress.
2. Nourish Your Body With Nutritious Meals
Setting aside time to eat is non-negotiable. Fueling your body with well-balanced meals full of fruits and vegetables will give you sufficient energy. Eat regular, consistent protein and fiber-rich meals and snacks throughout the day to help control blood sugar and prevent cravings.
3. Increase Your Water Intake
If you have trouble remembering to hydrate, throw a reusable water bottle in your bag and refill it throughout the day. Using an app on your phone or setting an alarm every hour to drink water will also help boost your daily consumption.
4. Invest in Your Sleep Hygiene
With so many details to finalize, shutting off your mind to get some shut eye might seem impossible. Sleeping seven to nine hours a night has loads of benefits, such as decreasing stress, strengthening your immune system, improving your cognition, regulating blood sugar, and enhancing your mood.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Living in your thoughts creates unnecessary stress and anxiety. Enter mindfulness. The whole idea is developing awareness by noticing your thoughts and feelings without judgment and letting them pass. When you learn to accept whatever comes your way, you’ll feel more present and at ease, which will help you savor every moment before and during your special day.
6. Consider Meditation
Another way to increase your awareness and calm your racing thoughts is meditating. Focusing on your breath shifts your attention away from your mind to the present moment, which improves concentration and makes you feel more focused and content. Through meditation, you’ll be able to enjoy the wedding planning process.
7. Establish a Journaling Routine
Another way to cope with the stress of planning a wedding is through a daily journaling practice. Journaling helps you process your emotions, create distance from negative thoughts, accomplish your goals, gain confidence, strengthen your memory, reduce stress, and improve your mood.
8. Prioritize Social Connection
Your social life has a large impact on your health and wellbeing. Fostering your relationships boosts your mood and contributes to longevity. Spending time with loved ones will also give you a break from fine-tuning your special day, so you’ll be able to return to your list feeling more healthy, refreshed and motivated.
9. Carve Out Alone Time With Your Partner
Whenever you see your partner during the planning stages, most of your discussions probably revolve around your wedding vision. Not having enough quality one-on-one time can place a strain on your relationship.
Consider designating one day a week where you and your significant other go on date night and refrain from discussing on your wedding plans. That way, planning your nuptials will feel like less of a chore and will remind you why you’re getting married in the first place.
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