From choosing the right flowers and linens to finding their dream gown, most brides go to great lengths to ensure everything is “perfect” on their wedding day. Unfortunately, this quest often leads them to overlook most important factor in the planning process: self care. Think about it: What good is looking great on your big day if you feel tired and worn out all of the days leading up to it?
Today, we are sharing three ways brides-to-be can take care of themselves while running from one meeting to another.
Schedule a time out at least once a week.
We are often taught that taking time for ourselves is selfish and it may feel even more so for brides who are often asking friends and loved ones to take time out of their own busy lives to focus on their big day. In reality, wedding planning can be hectic and feel a bit like a full time job. You know what happens when we overwork ourselves? It leads to anxiety, stress and burnout. Set aside at least one hour per week to zone out and focus on rebalancing. Whether it’s going for a long solo walk in the park, hitting up a spa for a much-needed massage (we love the one at Palazzo Versace in Dubai), having a lighthearted conversation over dinner with a best friend or simply enjoying a glass of wine and music in a long bath, it’s important to connect with yourself and remember the individual before the bride.
Be considerate of others, but remember to be true to you.
While we would never suggest a bride put her guests into situations that make them uncomfortable simply to cater to her every whim, it is equally important not to people please yourself into a place of discomfort. Too often couples find themselves in situations where they are being asked to change wedding dates, locations and even vows to accommodate family and friends who cross boundaries. Think about what is most important to you and your partner and have a list of things that are clear non-negotiables. Once you have decided this, don’t burden yourself by engaging conversations where you’re being asked to go against what matters most to you.
Make wellness a high priority
We’re not only talking about a diet to fit into a desired wedding gown, but total body wellness that includes staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, eating vitamin-packed nutritional foods and finding ways to stay active on a consistent basis.
Making your health a priority and enjoying Pilates, running or another fun activity will not only have an aesthetic benefit (hello glowing skin!) but it will also keep those cortisol levels down, your endorphin levels high and have you thinking clearly in a brighter mood.