Many brides get more and more stressed out as their wedding approaches. And with all the planning and stress, your health may begin to falter. Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life and you want to be feeling your best. If you are feeling burned out and run-down as your big day approaches, follow these tips to get back on track.
Get enough sleep
Though you might be worried about all the details of your wedding, it’s not going to do you any good to stay up all night concerned about them. Sleep deprivation can weaken your immune system, causing you to get sick easier. Not getting enough sleep can also affect your concentration, creativity, and mood. Additionally, lack of sleep can also lead to weight gain and escalate anxiety or depression – not exactly what you want leading up to your wedding day. Strive to get eight hours of restful sleep a night, and keep your room cool and comfortable. Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine in the evening, and avoid using electronics at least two hours before going to bed. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, using blue-light emitting electronics such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets before bed reduces levels of melatonin in the body, a hormone that helps you sleep.
Exercise regularly and eat right
Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight before your wedding, you should exercise regularly to remain healthy. According to a study by Appalachian State University, aerobic exercise can help cut your risk of catching a cold. Exercise also makes your feel healthier, more energetic, and better about yourself. However, you shouldn’t overdo it and put yourself at risk for injury or exhaustion. Eating a healthy diet is also important in the months and weeks leading up to your wedding. Eat fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, along with complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Though cake tastings and champagne-filled bridal showers are part of planning your wedding, it’s all about moderation.
Take a multivitamin
If you are trying to lose a little weight in the weeks leading up to your wedding, you shouldn’t deplete your body of the vitamins and minerals it needs. Be sure to take a multivitamin daily, whether you are dieting or not. The right multivitamin can boost your energy level and metabolism, improve your mood and concentration, and promote healthy immune function, so you won’t get sick before your big day. When selecting vitamins, read the label carefully. A good multivitamin should include 100% or more of the recommended daily allowance of essential vitamins, but shouldn’t be full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Your vitamins also shouldn’t contain the synthetic forms of nutrients or junk fillers.
Psychological stress leads to physical illness, and we all know that wedding planning and preparation can be extremely stressful. However, you can’t let your upcoming nuptials take over your life. Wedding planning should be fun; it shouldn’t leave you feeling frustrated, frazzled, and unwell. When it gets to be too much, give yourself breaks and enjoy things that have nothing to do with the wedding. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to your maid of honor, or hire a wedding planner if necessary. Your health is more important than micromanaging every detail of your wedding yourself. Take a yoga class, binge-watch all your favorite rom-coms, take a hike, or do anything else that frees your mind and allows you to decompress.
You don’t want to be sick or worn-out by the time your wedding day gets here. If you slow down, take care of your health, and hand off some of the planning to someone else, you can be your best on your wedding day.
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