If your wedding is quickly approaching, chances are you may be feeling a little stressed. From handling venue issues to managing the guest list, to dealing with your future in-laws — there are a million and one things you’re probably juggling before you tie the knot. With so much going on, it’s easy to let your healthy habits slip to the wayside, especially if you’re feeling stressed. But there are simple ways to keep you calm and stay on track leading up to your special day. Here are ten of our best tips to help you de-stress before your wedding day.
Take a few minutes before starting your day to sit in a peaceful space by yourself. Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Take a few moments to sit in stillness and focus on inhaling and exhaling. Let go of all other thoughts and simply be in the present moment. If you find outside thoughts bubble up about your to-do list for the day, gently push them aside, without any judgment. Take as much time as you need to feel centered and calm. It’s a great way to clear your head and start your day off with a positive mindset!
2. Get active
Breaking a sweat is one of the best ways to relieve any tension or anxiety you may be feeling leading up to your big day. All you need to do is take 15-30 minutes to get your heart pumping. If you don’t have a lot of time, take a brisk walk on your lunch break at work! If you’re not much of a cardio fan, find a class like yoga or kickboxing that you enjoy. Beyond the mental health benefits of exercise, it’s great for your physical health and will get your endorphins flowing!
If your mind seems to be in a million places, don’t worry, it’s totally normal. Take the time to jot down your thoughts if you start to feel overwhelmed. Journaling is a great way to put pen to paper and write down how you’re feeling. Write for a few minutes and then reflect – you may feel better just by laying out your thoughts in one spot!
4. Try a digital detox
If you find yourself constantly connected to your smartphone, it may help to take a little break. When we’re always connected, it can be easy to get caught up in what others are doing and take our focus away from the things that matter most in our own lives. Take a day (or two) to disconnect from social media in an effort to stay in the present moment and go for as many hours as you can without checking your phone. You may feel refreshed and re-energized!
You don’t have to prepare extravagant meals to eat healthfully! If you feel like prepping food for the week is adding one more thing to your already long to-do list, take it off! Keep some ready-to-go, healthy meals on hand, like Jenny Craig, for when you don’t have time to cook. Plus, it’s a great way to stay on track with your healthy eating habits.
6. Get enough sleep
If you aren’t getting enough shut-eye before your special day, it may be contributing to unnecessary stress and may even be affecting your weight. If you’re skimping on z’s, you may be more tempted to reach for a sugary snack to get you through the afternoon or order take-out for dinner because you feel too exhausted to cook. Tonight, try tucking in a little earlier. Aim to get 7-9 hours a night to feel well rested.
7. Stay hydrated
Did you know that water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight?1 Staying properly hydrated can help you feel energized, keep your digestion on track and support your weight loss efforts. A general rule of thumb is to drink about half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Pro tip: keep a reusable water bottle on hand so you can sip throughout the day.
If you feel like you can add “event planner” to your resume because of how much time you’ve been spending on wedding logistics, it could be a sign that you need to take some time for yourself! Plan an hour or two to do some wellness activities – whether that’s going for a walk to clear your mind, listening to your favorite podcast or reading a book with your favorite cup of tea in hand. Do something for you, and soak up every minute. Discover the difference between health and wellness and additional self-care activities to calm your mind!
9. Chat with a friend
As much as you love your family (and your partner’s), sometimes it can be stressful to juggle everyone’s opinions, especially when it’s your special day. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, call a close friend and meet up for coffee. Sometimes, viewing a situation from another person’s perspective can help you see things differently.
10. Listen to some music
Make a playlist of your favorite songs that help you unwind or remind you of your partner. Listen to them if you’re feeling frazzled about wedding plans – it may help you re-focus on what really matters – celebrating your love.
We hope these tips will help you de-stress before your wedding day. No matter how overwhelmed you may feel, remember that it’s important to take the time you need for yourself to stay healthy!
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Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico.
Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple
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