In the months, weeks, and days leading up to your wedding, you may feel as though to-do lists are starting to take over your life. But take a step back and remind yourself that while it is easy to want your wedding day to be perfect, all details aside, the most important thing is that you get married to your best friend Therefore, your health should be at the top of that to do list. Below we’ve listed 5 self-care secrets that you deserve giving yourself the time for.
1. Befriend calories and healthy fats
A lot of us fear the words “calories” and “fat”, and try to consume as little of these as possible. But limiting your calorie intake too drastically can actually trick your brain into “starvation mode” which causes your body to hold on to the few calories you do consume. Now we aren’t encouraging a donut and cake diet, but we are stressing you incorporate enough calories and appropriate fats into your diet. Treat yourself to that avocado toast that you know you’re craving; healthy fats like these can be the difference between brittle hair or dry skin and silky hair and soft skin on your wedding day!
2. Make sleep a #1
Sleep is one of the most important pillars of health, but also the one we tend to put on the back burner when the going gets rough. We know that your Pinterest Wedding board is probably keeping you up at night, but sleep is the foundation to proper digestion, stress management, and energy levels. Aim for 8 hours each night and you will feel and look your best come your wedding day—promise.
If you have to drink something, let it be water. Keeping yourself hydrated is the simplest and most natural secret to boosting your energy levels, managing weight, and relieving your skin from any unwanted toxins. Before or after every cup of coffee or cocktail, drink a cup of water. Let your phone become your accountability partner by setting alarms as water reminders. If drinking water has always been a challenge, eat it! Fruits such as watermelon (92% water), strawberries (92%), grapefruit (91%), and cantaloupe (90%) have extremely high water contents and are packed with vitamins and minerals that will have you glowing on your wedding day!
4. Pregame with healthy bites!
Throughout your engagement, you’ll probably be attending several events leading up to the big day: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc. Go back to your college days of pre-gaming, but do so with a plate of leafy greens and protein. This will leave you with just enough room to still enjoy—but not overindulge—on the event’s appetizers and desserts, and it will allow you to focus more on talking with your friends & family than on a grumbling stomach.
5. Exercise the right way
Exercising can be one of the hardest habits to adopt, but that is often because we approach it the wrong way. Rather than pushing yourself to go from 0 to 100 by committing to an arduous exercise routine that you will wake up dreading, the trick to starting and maintaining a frequent exercise routine lies in doing something active that you genuinely enjoy. Walking, rollerblading, swimming, tennis; you do you. Once you find yourself engaged in that activity, play with its frequency, intensity, and duration and you will find that while you’re exited to workout, you’ll also constantly be and feel challenged.