14 Jan 7 WAYS TO DE-STRESS BEFORE YOUR LONG ISLAND WEDDING
KICK STRESS TO THE CURB
The days immediately before your wedding can be among the most stressful of your entire life. Forget the first day of college, new jobs or other major life events–you’re just days away from making an enormous life decision. Not to mention, there are a hundred things that could go wrong even after your months of painstaking planning. Rest assured, however, that everything will most likely be just fine. Provided you took care to screen your Long Island wedding limo, caterer, florist and other venues thoroughly, the event will go smoothly overall–even if a small problem occurs here and there.
While it’s easier said than done to simply stop worrying about every last detail of your flower arrangements and catering, take time in the days before your wedding to deliberately de-stress and really connect with family members visiting from afar for your nuptials. BridePower blog recommends you even consider getting started a few weeks before your wedding:
1. KICK THE CAFFEINE
You’ve got final fittings, a manicure, a rehearsal dinner, and wrapping bridesmaids gifts to get through. While it’s tempting to reach for a third cup of coffee or an energy drink, experts recommend you drink water, instead. Caffeine is dehydrating and can lead to exhaustion, both of which can negatively affect your overall mood.
2. TAKE A YOGA CLASS
If you’re hesitant to try meditation, consider purchasing yourself a gift of a series of yoga classes before your wedding. The movement aspect will help you feel physically great, while the relaxation aspects of classes can help you relax, refocus, and emerge feeling centered.
3. TAKE TIME OFF FROM WORK
While it might not be possible for every bride, check with your boss to see whether you have the option of taking the days before the wedding off. While it’s never prudent to put off last-minute crafting or other preparations until the days before the wedding, if you’re facing the prospect of staying up until 1 a.m. finishing your centerpieces, the exhaustion is sure to lead to more stress, so having some extra time to spend on wedding preparations could be a huge help.
4. GET A MASSAGE
Research has indicated that weekly massages in the months leading up to your wedding can greatly reduce overall stress levels. If your budget is tight, check with your spa to see if you can purchase any pre-wedding packages that includes a manicure, pedicure, and Swedish massage treatment.
5. STAY CONNECTED TO FRIENDS
It may feel tempting to cut back your time texting with friends, checking Facebook, or having coffee dates to focus on your wedding. Avoid disconnecting entirely. Your closest friends can be an excellent source of emotional support before the big day.
6. EAT WELL
One of the biggest mistakes brides can make in the weeks before their wedding is attempting a last-minute juice fast or otherwise strict diet without consulting their physician. Make an effort to eat well, but avoid any drastic changes. You could find yourself exhausted, dehydrated, nutrient-deficient or even sick.
7. HEALTHY HOBBIES
Many brides who work full time find their hobbies slipping away in the months before their ceremony. Coordinating wedding plans and vendors can feel like a second full-time job, and it’s often hard to find the energy to do the things you truly enjoy. Whether you love long walks with your fiance, dinner with your girlfriends, or reading a book, take time to do what you enjoy.
Even if you have to add your plans to refresh and refocus to your calendar to relax in the weeks before your wedding, it’s likely well worth your while. It’s key to remember your health and happiness are important, too. Your wedding is a big life event, but its significance will be completely lost if you’re too on edge to enjoy it.