So, you’re getting married in 2019? While your wedding might seem like far away, it’s never too early to start getting that healthy wedding glow on. Here are 10 health and beauty resolutions to make for any 2019 bride.
1. Commit to a Healthy Exercise Plan—but Make it a Healthy Challenge
You want to look your best for your wedding—and that’s so amazing—but don’t think that you need to drop three dress sizes to look like your most gorgeous self. We’re all about #shreddingforthewedding, but in the healthiest, safest, and most body-positive way. If it’s been a while since you’ve hit the gym, start things up slowly so you can build in your routine. Most of all, just try to get moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk outside with your coworkers. Sign up for an exercise challenge. Dance around your living room. Whatever you can do to get a little more movement (and move that heart rate up) is great.
2. Eat More Fruits and Veggies
We get it: when you’re wedding planning, it’s just so much easier to grab something to go while you’re crafting, addressing invitations, or mapping out the seating chart. Although this is perfectly fine every once in a while, your body will benefit more from planning out your meals to include a hearty amount of fruits and veggies. Certainly, nobody is perfect—and sometimes picking up a pizza after an insane day at work is all you can do—but making a mental note to include healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will do wonders for your body.
We are far from the first ones to tell you this, but you’ve really got to drink more water, honey. Water is a miracle worker of the body. It helps all the functions of the body work better, it gets your skin glowing, and can curb hunger pains (sometimes your body thinks it’s hungry when it’s actually just in need of some water). You’d be surprised at how much better you’ll feel—and how lovely your skin will look—after drinking the recommended 75–100 ounces of water per day.
4. Do Something Fun for Yourself
Even though it seems like you have basically zero extra hours in the day, it’s really important that you still make time for activities you enjoy. Whether it’s shopping (unrelated to wedding, of course!), going to a movie or concert, meeting up with friends for brunch, or going on a date night with your love, don’t feel like you need to be 100% wedding-focused all the time.
5. Start a Skincare Routine
Want unbelievably soft and supple skin that looks amazing in all of your wedding photos? Unfortunately, gorgeous, glowing skin doesn’t just happen overnight—it all starts with a regimented skincare routine. To determine what skincare routine is right for you, you’ll need to first figure out what kind of skin type you have. (Unsure? A visit to the dermatologist might be in order.) From there, you’ll need to cleanse, tone, and moisturize properly. Understanding what skin type you have will help you pick products that are right for you, and that won’t lead to breakouts or dryness.
6. Get More Sleep
It may seem impossible at this moment, but getting (good) sleep is so crucial. Even though it might be tempting to scroll through Pinterest in bed looking at centerpiece ideas, you don’t want to be constantly struggling to keep your energy up throughout the day. Try to shoot for those precious eight hours so that you can feel less groggy and make better creative decisions.
7. Hug More
When you’re tense, sometimes the best that can help is a hug from your spouse-to-be. Getting a good squeeze in can reduce stress levels because your oxytocin levels go up. So, go ahead and get in there for a hugging session with your loved ones. We guarantee it’ll only lead to good things.
8. Learn to Say No
This is a busy season of your life. Every moment that’s not consumed with work or school is spent thinking, planning, and creating for the wedding. One of the best gifts you can give to yourself during this planning period is the gumption to say “no.” You won’t be a terrible person if you have to ditch your coworkers during happy hour or if you can’t make your niece’s third ballet recital of the season. Do what you need to do to take care of your most precious asset: your time.
9. Set Aside Time for Self-Care
When you get busy, it can be difficult to set aside time for yourself—but that’s actually when you need it the most. Make a commitment to freeing up some time for a pedicure, massage, yoga class, or a Netflix session just to take a much-needed break.
10. Learn to Meditate
Wedding planning not only means a busy schedule, but it also means that you’re often talking to a lot of people every day—from the caterer to the wedding planner to your mother. Take a few moments to shut out all the noise and learn to meditate. All you need is a quiet space and a clear head.