When you’re planning a wedding, it’s easier than you may think to get stressed. With a checklist a mile long and the ever-increasing pressure to pull off the perfect event, it’s no wonder that brides and grooms can feel completely overwhelmed. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but it’s not so important that it’s worth risking your overall mental and physical health—so it’s crucial to take care of yourself in the months leading up to your wedding.
Feeling a bit daunted by your mounting wedding to-do list? Try one of these four wellness trends to rest, relax, and take some pressure off.
People have been meditating as long as they’ve been talking (so this trend isn’t exactly new), but there has been a recent upswing in articles and wellness experts who are stressing the importance of meditating. Meditation is the practice of focusing on an object or activity in order to improve awareness and attention—which makes it a great escape from anything stressful in your life, like wedding planning, for example. Meditation is also a great way to detox from this highly digital life that we lead, and any excuse to stop mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest is enough reason as any to get into this wellness trend.
The main thing to remember is that there is no wrong way to meditate. Even if you only have 15 minutes before you have to leave for your appointment with the wedding planner, or you can only squeeze in some alone time while you’re showering, all it takes is a few moments of calm and quiet to properly participate in this wellness practice.
2. Unplugging from Your Digital Life
One large reason you may be feeling overwhelmed with wedding plans is likely what you’re holding in your hand right now. Our phones, tablets, and other technology devices are well associated with anxiety and stress—but because they are such a large part of our lives (holding our calendars, our contacts, and our entertainment), it can be difficult to break away from them.
A huge wellness initiative you can undertake when planning is to spend some part of your day unplugging from your digital life, whether that be replacing your phone with a traditional alarm clock, avoiding your phone an hour before bed, or resisting the temptation to check it when you’re in line at a grocery store or out to dinner with friends.
Unplugging is good for your mental health as well as your sleep cycle, and may even help improve your relationships.
3. Using CBD Products
When hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act in 2018, it opened the door for CBD products (or cannabis-derived products) to flood the markets. It’s likely you’ve seen new CBD shops open up with products that claim to heal anything from chronic pain and anxiety to lessening the effects of seizures. While the verdict is still out on whether or not these products are actually effective, proponents are touting their benefits, which includes the ability to stifle anxiety.
Despite the fact that CBD oil and other products are made from cannabis, these products cannot make you intoxicated. Cannabidiol, which is also known as hemp oil, is extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant and isn’t to be confused with THC, the chemical that produces a high when ingested.
If you are looking for a wellness trend that is a bit unorthodox and all the rage, you might want to give CBD products a try when you’re feeling stressed.
4. Exercising at Home
Hitting the gym is always going to be the ultimate wellness endeavor, but sometimes it can be difficult to make it there (especially when you have a busier than ever schedule). Now trends are turning once again toward home fitness—proving that you don’t even have to leave your house to get a great sweat on. Products like the Peloton—a stationary bike that doubles as a cycling class with on-demand and streaming courses available—are all the rage right now.
In addition to exercise equipment, it’s easier than ever to work out at home with YouTube fitness stars, who make videos with 30-day challenges and yoga classes available on-demand through apps and networks solely dedicated to fitness.
While going to the gym is a good physical release for many, sometimes it just may not work for you because of a lack of time, money, or other reasons. Either way, it looks like working out from home has improved since the days of Buns of Steel and other hokey exercise programs.