Planning a wedding is stressful work, from finding the perfect outfits to say ‘I do’ in to booking the dream location, organising a seating plan that ensures no drama to creating a menu that will satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds.
If staring at colour schemes, seating charts and floral arrangements has you feeling stressed and tired, here are 3 healthy lifestyle habits you need to adopt in the weeks before your big day:
1. Prioritise your sleep
Wedding planning requires a lot of energy so it’s important that you clock in your rest hours; typically, a good night’s sleep is around seven to eight hours. Keep a consistent sleep schedule – set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get the required hours and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Make your bedroom a peaceful, relaxing environment by keeping it at a comfortable temperature and as a ‘no tech zone’ (put your phone and other devices away at least 30 minutes before bedtime). Also, be careful of what you’re consuming late in the evening; avoid caffeine and eating large meals before bedtime, if you’re hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack such as banana with peanut butter, yoghurt with a spoonful of chia seeds, or a small portion of porridge with fresh berries.
2. Be mindful of stress
You may not think you’re a bridezilla or a groomzilla but when it comes to planning a wedding, drama with family and friends, and general unforeseen circumstances will easily cause your stress levels to spike. You may not be able to control certain wedding problems so it’s important that you keep your mind and mood in check. Keep reminding yourself that no matter what happens, you’re going to have a wonderful, special day, meditate regularly (apps like Headspace or Calm can help get you started) and exercise at least 3-4 times a week, whether it’s a power walk at lunchtime with your work colleagues, a HIIT session in the gym or a yoga class.
3. Fuel yourself with nourishing ingredients
Forget the outdated fad ‘wedding diet’, it’ll leave you hungry, tired and moody. Instead, focus on fuelling your body with powerful ingredients; fatty fish, nuts and seeds will give you glowing skin, strawberries and broccoli boost collagen, leafy greens and pumpkin seeds soothe stress, and yoghurt combats bloating. You want to feel and look your best on your big day and nourishing foods will get you there!