Your big, beautiful day is just around the corner, and with that every bride knows that the month and weeks leading up to your wedding can cause additional stress and anxiety. Here are some ways that you can keep happy and healthy during this time so that you feel your best on your wedding day.
It’s always better to approach your health proactively than it is to treat symptoms of illness. The first, simple thing you can do each day leading up to your wedding is thinking healthy thoughts throughout the day. Try writing phrases like, “I am bursting with health; I am energized, and I feel beautiful from the inside out,” and leave these on your bathroom mirror, plus a few other prominent locations. Every time you see your note, think consciously of your affirmation. If this sounds a little too woo, woo for you, trust us, and try it for a couple of days, and see how it impacts you. In the very least, you will raise your self-esteem and feel extra gorgeous.
You can also take natural remedies to boost your immune system. Foods that can help give you a boost include garlic, oil of oregano (take a few drops under your tongue daily), and superfoods like blueberries, kale, brazil nuts, papaya, and black pepper. Check out this helpful website to read more about a list of 50 nutrient dense foods.
Create a Morning Ritual
Everyone knows that stress can cause a dip in your immune system, and one of the best ways to work through stressful periods is by creating inner peace and strength. Start each day by getting up 30 minutes earlier to practice a few self-love exercises.
Some things that you can try include reading 10 pages of an uplifting book, like The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle, or The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, or go for a short walk around the block and listen to your favorite, fist pumping songs. You can also stretch for a few minutes, or practice some deep breathing exercises. If you find your mind racing while sitting still and quietly breathing, check out some meditation apps on your phone or search for guided meditation tracks on Spotify. You can also simply set a three-minute timer and practice deep breathing. The morning is an important time of the day to do these things because it helps you set the intention for having a happy, peaceful day, plus if you do something positive for yourself first thing, you definitely make time to fit it into your current commitments.
Clean Up Your Diet
It’s common for brides to experience a change in their diet leading up to their weddings due to friends and family arriving in town, and the additional stress that the final stages of planning can bring. A few common food groups that can cause you to feel less than amazing include dairy, glutenous grains, refined sugar, and foods packed with preservatives. Eating clean and avoiding refined sugar is one of the easiest ways to feel energized and healthy.
Some simple swaps that can help you avoid crashes and tummy upsets are trading any kind of soda, traditional energy drinks, or copious amounts of coffee for unsweetened green tea or matcha; try sweet potatoes or quinoa instead of pasta and bread (wheat or white), or use nut or coconut milks instead of dairy products. Check out the book Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger to learn more about how diet can significantly boost your immune system, and improve your day-to-day health. Bonus, your skin will glow even more in all of your wedding pics! If you are in Arizona like us, you can check out a list of local farmers markets here, or if you are elsewhere in the world, a simple search online will connect you to your local farming community.
Do you have any helpful tips for boosting your physical and mental health during your wedding week? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.