Are you freaking out about all the things you have to do before you say “I do”? Planning your wedding is stressful. There’s not only the big day that you have to take care of, but there is also a number of pre-wedding events, including everything from the bridal shower to the bachelorette party, that’s enough to cause any bride-to-be to have a pre-matrimonial meltdown. Which is why it’s so essential to take care of yourself during this crazy wonderful time. Before the mix of excitement and stress gets to you (and it ultimately will), it’s imperative to take the time to practice self-care. Here are some tips on how to center and re-energize yourself so you can be your best self for your pre-wedding events.
Work out Your Stress
Stress is the leading cause of burnout, fatigue, and illness (not to mention poor skin!). Working out stress is the best thing you can do for both your mind and body. While most brides focus on fitness for dropping weight before the big day, if you focus on exercise as being an essential part of your self-care regime, hitting the gym will feel less like work and more like doing yourself a major favor. Bonus for doing a workout like yoga or pilates that incorporates a peaceful and focused mind. Aim to workout three to four times a week, and mix it up to keep it fun.
Take at Least One Day off from Wedding Planning
Remember the life you had before you were planning showers, bachelorette parties, and, oh yeah, your wedding? That life can, and should, still exist. Give your mind and energy a break by not thinking or even talking about the wedding for at least one day. (Even two days is OK!) This means no Pinterest, no Googling—nothing. Just you and your normal wedding-less life. This way, you’ll be able to come to your dress fitting, for example, with fresh eyes and a fresh spirit. And don’t worry—it will all get done.
Don’t Forget to Delegate
You don’t need to do it all alone. In fact, for such a huge undertaking that’s a wedding, you really shouldn’t. Even if you can’t afford a wedding planner, reach out to your friends and family for their help and support. Ask a trusted family member or friend to plan the bridal shower (or at least help you with it). And as much as you want to have some say in where you go for your bachelorette party, this is one event that you should leave to your wedding party. Loosen the reins a bit, and you’ll find yourself relaxing and even enjoying yourself more.
A number of brides are extreme about what they can and cannot eat before their wedding. But it’s important to remember that food is nourishment and energy—and your body needs energy and needs to be nourished. Don’t skip meals or restrict your diet to the point where you’re starving most of the time. Instead, focus on eating whole and nutritious foods, and keeping hydrated with water. When your body is happy, your mind and spirit are happy, too. This way, when it comes to your engagement party, for example, you’ll be fully present and vivacious without having to contend with counting calories and/or a growling stomach.
Connect with Your Partner
It’s so easy for your relationship to become more about the wedding and pre-wedding events than it is about your connection with each other. Don’t forget the reason why you’re doing this in the first place: to deepen and strengthen your bond. Your relationship should come first, especially during this time. Which is why it’s imperative to carve out some one-on-one time together. Schedule a date night once a week, and try to resist talking about the wedding. Instead get back to basics: ask them about their day and enjoy their company. Life’s about to change, and you don’t want to miss out on experiencing the moment with your beloved.
By sticking with the basics like eating well, working out, and asking for support, you’ll be ready to tackle any and all of the pre-wedding events that you have before you. And most of all, don’t forget to have fun!