Are you anxiously awaiting your wedding day, but worried about what the stress is doing to your health and wellness as the big event approaches?
As your wedding day closes in, you need to turn your attention to a variety of new details. In addition to all the planning and budgeting you’ve been working on for months, you need to pay more attention now than ever before to your personal health and wellness. If you don’t, you could wear yourself down to the point of becoming ill right before the big day, and no bride wants to be sick on the day she says “I do.”
Fortunately, there are a few health and wellness tips you can follow as your wedding day rapidly approaches.
- Go on a Diet
Get this: the Boston Medical Center notes that roughly 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, so if you find yourself needing to shed a few pounds before the big day, you’re not alone. Many other people are in the exact same situation as you, which means there are plenty of resources available to help you stay on track in these last few weeks leading up to the wedding. Focus on drinking plenty of water and avoiding salty foods that can cause unnecessary water retention to help you look and feel your best on your day; you don’t want to do a complete overhaul of your normal diet and stress yourself out right before the big day. After all, there’s only so much you can do on a short timeline!
- Eat the Right Snacks
Eat This shares a list of 50 of the best healthy snacks to eat if you are trying to take control of your health and wellness but still get hungry in between meals. Eating the right snacks will not only help you achieve your weight loss goals, but it will also help you stay focused and motivated to knock out all those last-minute wedding errands and will keep you from getting irritable because you’re hungry. The last thing you need is to go off on a vendor (or your unsuspecting fiance) just because you skipped lunch.
- Get Enough Sleep
It’s hard to imagine getting enough sleep right now because you’re so busy with wedding-related details on top of your everyday life, but as the wedding day gets closer you need to be catching your zzz’s. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs approximately seven to nine hours of sleep per night, so make like Sleeping Beauty and log some serious rest in the days leading up to the big event. You want to look and feel rested and ready to celebrate all the hard work you’ve put into making your wedding a success.
- Reduce Stress
According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can have a negative impact on your body and behavior, which isn’t something you need during this special time in your life. While you may not be able to completely eliminate stress (especially as you get closer and closer to the big day), you can take measures to reduce and manage it more effectively. For example, breathing exercises, meditation, and massage are all great ways to lower your stress levels prior to your wedding day. One of the most common reasons couples feel so stressed at the end of the wedding planning process is because all the bills come due, so if you’re feeling the pressure of how much you have spent on the event, but sometimes it does make sense to take on debt for something as big as this.
You’ve spent months (or even years) carefully crafting every detail of your wedding day, from the colors and flowers to the design of your custom bridal gown. Don’t make the mistake of letting your physical health and mental well being take a nosedive in the home stretch just because you’ve got a lot on your plate as you wrap up all these big plans. While no one wants to be sick on their wedding day, you also don’t want to start the first few days of your new life as husband and wife (possibly even on your big honeymoon trip!) feeling crummy.
There is nothing more important than your health, and besides — when you feel good, you look good! Take care of yourself and enjoy the special day you’ve been anticipating all this time.
What health and wellness strategies did you employ in the final countdown toward your wedding day? Share your strategies for staying sane and feeling good as the big day approaches in the comments section below.