You’re engaged, the list of things you need to get done can turn into a full time job. It can seem hard to get it all organized in time, let alone maintain a sense of calm throughout the storm that is wedding planning. It is in these seemingly stressful times that a simple to implement self-care plan needs to be introduced.
Here are 3 easy to incorporate healthy habits to help you not only make it to your wedding day, but to glow all the way down the aisle.
Get Some Shut-Eye
Making sure that you get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night will go a long way in reducing your stress levels and helping you to chill out. If you have trouble falling asleep because of mind chatter and mental to do lists, try meditating. Listening to a short guided meditation before bed, or taking 5 minutes to close your eyes and breathe deeply can help you to reach a much needed level of relaxation.
Two tips for getting a good night’s sleep are to make sure your room is pitch black and to turn off your electronic devices at least 30 minutes before sleep time. Keeping the room as dark as possible can help you maintain a proper sleep cycle without external interruptions. Try black out blinds and turning off any light sources before you hit the hay. Also make sure to put that phone into airplane mode so no notifications pop up right when you reach that perfect state of relaxation.
Did you know your body is made up of 70% water? So it’s no joke that skimping on water can cause some major dehydration, leading to your body functioning at a sub-optimal level. You may start feeling sluggish and find it hard to make it through the afternoon, and this is all because dehydration may cause reduced brain functioning.
Making sure you get between 8-12 cups of water per day can help to keep your skin glowing and wrinkle free, not to mention it can help to flush toxins out of your body, causing an improvement in energy levels and balancing your moods.
Replacing sugary drinks and caffeine with water can help to reduce the possibility of dehydrating your body even further. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, which causes fluid loss from the body, increasing the chance of dehydration.
To keep your water game interesting, try adding berries, cucumber or lemon, which will act as a refreshing change and also up the nutrient value of your drink.
Cut The Junk
With all of the stress you might be dealing with, your first instinct may be to grab a burger on the go or hit the couch with a pint of ice-cream. Although balance is key and definitely important in staying on track with your nutrition goals, focusing on whole, nutrient dense and unprocessed foods can help to keep those energy levels up and keep the sniffles away on your big day. Make sure you focus on adding foods with a high vitamin and mineral content to ensure your body feels ready to take on anything that comes its way!
Adding in these 3 healthy living tips before your wedding day will help you to not only feel your best, but also help you to bring these new lifestyle changes into the next, very exciting, chapter of your life!