Planning a wedding is both exhilarating and stress-inducing. From deciding where to have it to figuring out who to invite — not to mention paying for it all — brides face a ton of stress. And with all the challenges of navigating wedding planning, many brides begin to feel like their health is faltering. Courtesy of Yogaaah, here are two major reasons modern brides are freaking out, as well as what you can do to get back on track and feel better before your big day.
Freaking Out Because: You Never Seem to Eat Right
With all your rushing around, you may forget to eat. Or, you might snack on unhealthy items that just happen to be available. You might be cutting calories to slim down in advance of the big day. At the same time, you want to look and feel your best pre-wedding, so nutrition matters.
Even if you’re eating lots of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, you may still be missing crucial nutrients. Deficiencies such as a lack of vitamin B12, for example, can cause symptoms like nausea, weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea, and even weak muscles.
How to Deal: Add a Multi-faceted Multivitamin
First, go easy on yourself. Just because you’re in love doesn’t mean everything is perfect, including your diet. If pre-wedding planning is taking over your life — and steamrolling your meal planning — consider adding a multivitamin to your diet.
Choosing a multivitamin can help boost your energy levels, enhance your gut health, and allow your body to access crucial nutrients. Make sure to pick a vitamin with bioavailable forms of essential nutrients, instead of synthetic options that your body can’t break down.
Freaking Out Because: There’s Too Much to Do
While most brides appreciate the help of family, friends, and even the groom when it comes to wedding planning, there’s still so much to do before the big day. Even months before the wedding, it can feel like you’re in the crunch zone.
From confirming contracts to making deposits to tastings and creating menus, it probably seems like you’re always on your way to or from a meeting (or answering endless phone calls about the plans). In short, you’re probably freaking out because it frequently feels overwhelming to plan such a massive — and important — event.
How to Deal: Focus on Making Time for De-Stressing
Sure, you need to check things off your to-do list. However, more important than your lists is your mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, stress can have many negative effects on your body. You might develop muscle tension, respiratory symptoms, an increased heart rate, or even tummy troubles in response to ongoing stress.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for you to de-stress before your big day. Research shows that people who socialize often have lower levels of stress (along with other benefits). While you still need to knock out your to-do list, consider doing it with friends or family to make the experience beneficial for your mental health.
Another stress-reduction solution is to take up (or increase your practice of) yoga. Yoga is beneficial for your body, mind, and emotional state — not to mention it can help with your nerves when it comes to fitting in your dress, too. Invest in some cute yoga wear to make it feel more fun, and get started with your oms. When you’re ready to get started, you can sign up for online and onsite classes through Yogaaah.
Last but not least, carve out some time in your schedule to just relax. If you enjoy listening to music, treat yourself to a new portable speaker you can pair with your phone, pick somewhere to relax, and kick your feet up. Sometimes, you need to regather your thoughts before you can push forward, so do something you enjoy for a few minutes — it’ll make you feel much better.
While your wedding will mark an enormous milestone in your life, it’s essential to remember that it’s not the only thing that matters. Your health and well-being should be a priority, even if you need to take time away from wedding planning to feel ready to tackle the next challenge. And by the time the big day rolls around, you’ll feel healthier, more at peace, and prepared to enter marriage with a healthy body and mind.