It’s so important to prioritize your wellness during the wedding planning process. All too often, brides get focused on just the external details of their wedding, without considering that their wedding experience is, in the end, much more important than finding the right flowers and cake. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one you should enjoy to its fullest, including while you plan it. So to help you stay happy, stress-free, and well while you prep for the day you say “I do,” below we’re featuring 7 pre-wedding wellness tips for every bride-to-be!
1. Give Yourself Plenty of Planning Time (And Breathing Room)
We’ll start with perhaps the most important tip on our list: give yourself plenty of time to plan your wedding. It can be incredibly stressful if you find that you still have a lot on your to-do list when you’re approaching your wedding day. Especially because extra to-do list items always seem to pop up in those two weeks before the big day. So to eliminate the possibility of stress caused by a serious time crunch, make your wedding planning schedule very early (earlier than you think you need to). Then, make sure that schedule gives you plenty of breathing room so you can fit in all the little tasks that will likely pop up right before your wedding day.
2. Get Help When You Need It
One of the best things you can do for yourself when you’re wedding planning is to delegate tasks to others. It’s your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to try to do everything yourself. Whenever possible, delegate tasks to your relatives, your partner, and your bridesmaids. Spreading out small tasks among your loved ones, who are likely happy to help, can greatly reduce the amount of anxiety and pressure you feel as a bride-to-be.
In addition to spreading out wedding tasks among your helpful loved ones, you can also consider getting help physically preparing yourself for your wedding if need it. Most brides want to feel and look their best on their wedding day. But if the stress of working on your skin, health, fitness goals, or weight loss goals all on your own is getting to you, consider going to a dermatologist, hiring a personal trainer, and/or hiring a nutritionist. Hiring a professional to help you with your skincare routine, fitness plan, or your wedding diet plan can take a big weight off your shoulders as you prepare for your wedding. When you hire someone to help you reach these goals, you feel more supported, confident, and accountable, which can help you feel less stressed and help you maintain your healthy habits more easily.
3. Don’t Stress Over Small Details
Your wedding day is an important day in your life. But if you start to feel stressed over every little detail, remind yourself that though your wedding day is an important day, it’s just one day. Don’t let your wedding planning experience get ruined by stressing over things that don’t really matter. If you think you may be stressing the small stuff too much, consider prioritizing your to-do list. Put the things you think are the most crucial to your wedding’s success at the top. Making a prioritized list will help you step back, look at the big picture, and stop focusing too much on low priority issues.
4. Get Plenty of Rest
It’s all-too-easy to start skimping on sleep in the months leading up to your wedding, since wedding planning can be so hectic. However, getting enough rest is incredibly important for your physical and mental well-being. It’s critical that you get enough sleep if you want to stay energized, positive, and healthy. So be sure to prioritize sleep during the planning process and in the weeks leading up to your wedding. If you need to, consider setting a bedtime alarm on your phone that will help you remember to start winding down.
This tip may seem obvious, but it’s something many people overlook when they get stressed: stay hydrated. Drinking enough water will help you stay healthy and keep your energy levels up in the months leading up to your special day. Plus, it will help your skin look its best on your big day. Drinking plenty of water is just as important for the look of your skin as your skincare routine.
If you find that you’re not drinking enough water, consider using a water-tracking app that will help you remember to drink your 8 to 9 glasses a day. Also, if you struggle to drink plenty of water, consider adding more healthy, hydrating fruits and veggies to your meals or smoothies. Fruits and veggies that are high in water content (like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and lettuce) can help you take in more water throughout the day.
If you’re feeling stressed during the wedding planning process, consider trying meditation. Meditation is a time-tested, scientifically proven stress-fighting activity. Meditation can help lower your heart rate, reduce high blood pressure, and increase serotonin production. If you’re concerned about the time commitment of starting to meditate, know that it’s something you can easily fit into a busy schedule. Research shows that just 10 minutes of daily meditation can make an enormous difference in your mood. So consider setting aside just 10 minutes of time daily for a bit of meditative self-care, since it can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
7. Exercise Regularly
Our last pre-wedding wellness tip is to exercise regularly. This is something that many brides who want to tone up for their wedding are already planning on doing. But know that cardio and strength training has more than just physical benefits; it also has a host of mental benefits. Exercise reduces stress, improves your mood, lowers your risk of depression, and it even helps your mental functioning. So exercise can kill two birds with one stone: it can help you get more fit for your wedding, while also helping you sail through the planning process with reduced stress and a happier mood.