WEDDING STRESS RELIEVERS
It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful. Decisions and deadlines make it easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Relieving pre-wedding stress is not only important for the bride, but for others in the wedding party as well.
Take a break from stress. Why not check out wedding spa treatments? Whether for the bride, or for the entire wedding party, spa treatments can relax and rejuvenate and are a welcomed retreat from the stresses of daily life. According to the International Spa Association "Spas are entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourages the renewal of the mind, body and spirit."
Look into the many types of bridal spa packages. Consider massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, facials, wedding hair and make-up consultations, manicures and pedicures. These salon and spa treatments can be arranged for the bride or both the bride and groom. Pre-wedding spa parties often include members of the wedding party; such as the bridesmaids and other attendants. Discuss your specific needs with the spa staff to ensure the right services and results.
Taking time to be pampered is easy with the selection of day spas, resort spas, and salons. Taking an hour, scheduling a day, or even choosing a pre-wedding get away at a resort spa can help calm frazzled nerves.
Don’t have time to go to the spa? Many spa services will come to you. These types of spa services bring the professionals and the equipment to the requested address. The bride may enquire about salons and spas that will travel to a home or hotel.
TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE
It’s easy to become buried in stress. Before you know it, you’ve put aside your normal routine and turned your life upside down. Take back your life by using some simple strategies that can relieve stress and help you reconnect with others.
A GET TOGETHER
Get together with a friend or a few close friends and do something completely unrelated to the wedding. Seeing a movie, going out to eat, or visiting a new gallery or museum gives your mind time to relax. Taking a break does wonders for your outlook on life. And don’t forget your family. Making time to get together with family members without having to work on numerous wedding projects may be just the way to unwind.
REMEMBER YOUR FIANCÉ
With all the planning and all the lists, it’s easy to forget about why you decided to get married in the first place – your fiancé. Leave all the lists at home. Take time to see each other. Don’t talk about the wedding, but focus on each other. That’s the way it used to be, remember? Dressing up for a romantic night on the town, or escaping to a rustic cabin for some quiet time can do wonders for both of you. Being together without constantly discussing the wedding can help relieve stress and put things into perspective.
It’s true! Taking a walk, going for a run, attending a dance class, practicing yoga, or working out at the gym is a major way to relieve pre-wedding stress. The endorphins that are released after exercising helps to create a feeling of well-being. And of course as an added bonus, exercising helps you stay in shape.
TURN A BRIDEZILLA INTO A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE
Pre-wedding stress can turn a beautiful bride into a dreaded bridezilla. How to change her back? It may not be as easy as "Presto Change-o," but following the suggestions from the experts can help. Explore some of these stress relievers.
TO PROMOTE RELAXATION –
Try deep breathing exercises. Inhale and exhale slowly from the abdomen. These exercises can be done anytime and anywhere.
TO RELAX MUSCLES –
Try stretching exercises. Start with the feet and slowly move upwards stretching the legs, hips, stomach, chest, hands, arms shoulders, neck and face.
TO RELEASE TENSION –
Try tensing and then relaxing specific muscle groups. Attempt to tense then release the muscle groups in the face, then move to the neck, next the shoulders, then the abdomen, followed by the legs and ending with the feet.
TO INCREASE CALMNESS –
Use visual imagery to envision a comfortable or tranquil setting. Listen to music that is soothing or evokes pleasant memories. Practice meditation.
RELIEVING WEDDING STRESS WITH MOOD FOOD
Help manage pre-wedding stress by finding the right food for the mood.
FOR STRESS RELIEF –
Try high fiber foods such as vegetables, whole grain pastas, butter free pop corn, potatoes, and fruit.
WHEN FEELING UPSET –
Try low fat carbohydrates.
FOR ENERGY –
Try protein such as low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, beans and tuna.
WHEN FEELING SAD –
Try carbohydrates, in moderation, such as pastas, breads and potatoes.
Learning how to handle the pre-wedding stress can help you relax and enjoy "The Big Day". There will be the occasional mix-ups, disappointments, and even near disasters. Remember, your wedding is about the beginning of your new life together. Ultimately, that’s what’s most important.
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