3 Big Health Tips for The Bride-to-Be

 

When you’re getting ready to get married, it’s one of the most exciting times in your life. You’re going to make so many decisions, like finding the perfect wedding dress, trying all kinds of cakes, and getting closer to your partner’s family now that you’re going to be part of it, too. But one thing that many engaged couples experience is stress. After all, with so many decisions to make, and so much planning to somehow accomplish in several months to a year, you can find yourself losing sleep, waking up frazzled, and generally forgetting all about your health. But you know as a bride that your health is paramount. After all, you need to look fabulous on your big day.

But it’s not only that. Health is always a big deal, and especially as you embark on this new chapter of your life, you need to know how to take care of yourself. So if you’re committed to your health and finding strategies to stay healthy during this busy time, read on.

1 Sleep enough

 

Maybe these days, you aren’t getting much sleep. Maybe you’re tossing and turning in bed, falling asleep thinking about how stressed you are and waking up stressed, too. But you need your sleep. Just because a third of US adults aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need, that doesn’t mean that you can use that as an excuse. If you’re struggling, consider using a meditation technique. Health.com has some great ones you can take a look at here. You can practice many of these with your fiancé(e) if they’re struggling with sleep, too.

If meditation isn’t enough, then you should consult your doctor to find out about sleeping pills. It’s better to try other alternatives first, and natural sleeping pills like Melatonin, but you can always get professional help if necessary.

2 Hit up the gym–and the outdoors

 

When we’re very busy, it can be easy to cut out of our schedules the stuff we think isn’t necessary. And for many people, that means going to the gym less. The problem is, though, that once you start canceling a spin or weights class every once in a while is that it’s easier to do it each time. Eventually, what was once a jam-packed schedule slows down and becomes a situation where you might not even be a member of the gym anymore. That’s a problem–not only because it’ll be a challenge to fit into your wedding dress, but also because your health will suffer.

According to US News, obesity is rising in the US. It’s a scary fact, considering that exercise has a whole array of benefits. Medline Plus lists a few of them: you can control your weight (“exercise plays an important role in controlling your weight and preventing obesity”), reduce your risk of heart diseases, manage your blood sugar and insulin levels better, improve your mental health and mood, and even reduce your risk of some cancers. The best part is that you don’t even have to go to the gym if you don’t have time. Simply fitting in a morning jog, or going on a hike (which will also lower your stress, getting you away from all the wedding planning) can make a huge difference.

3 Detox from social media

 

These days, social media addiction is a big deal. And chances are, with all this build up to your wedding, you’re getting lots of like. It started with the engagement photos and video, and now everyone’s getting excited every time you post a picture of possible cakes on Instagram. Maybe you even have a wedding hashtag–after all, 82 percent of couples are creating hashtags now, and it can be fun to share so much of the wedding planning with your family and closest friends.

But maybe it’s too much attention? If you’re finding yourself paying too much attention to your social media accounts now, so much that you can’t pull yourself away from your phone or your laptop, you may need a social media detox. According to Make Use Of, there are several signs you should watch out for:

  • Instant gratification (“When your brain enters its reward-seeking mindset, all you have to do is open up Reddit or send out a tweet, and your brain will interpret that as having acted, thus releasing feelings of pleasure as a reward”)
  • Incomplete gratification (where you never feel good enough even after checking your accounts)
  • Unpredictable stimuli (“The brain also releases dopamine when something unexpected happens. And since notifications and alerts are unpredictable, they trigger dopamine,” which keeps you addicted)
  • Anticipation and conditioning (where you start to expect the good feeling even before you’ve checked your accounts and can cause social media withdrawal when you’re away from your phone)

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s time to detox.

These are some of the most important ways to stay healthy before your wedding, maintaining your sanity during a busy time.

What other health strategies are you using leading up to your wedding?

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