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Everyday life these days can be busy and stressful… and when you add planning a wedding into the mix it can add more to an already-full plate. It’s so important to take care of yourself and destress while in the throes of wedding planning, and today we’ve got some great suggestions to help you do just that. Whether you’re in the beginning stages of planning or are getting down to the wire, try these tactics to tell stress to take a hike!
Move Your Body
Whether you’re a gym rat or a couch potato, it’s proven fact that regular exercise can have a big impact on your body, mind, and stress levels. Even something as simple as taking a 30 minute walk each day can make such a big difference in your mental state and overall health. Try listening to your favorite podcast or album while taking a walk on your lunch break.Want something a bit more high-impact but can’t afford a pricey gym membership? Check out free workout videos on YouTube, sign up for a free trial of sites like BeachBody on Demand or if you’re an Amazon Prime member, check out the free streaming fitness videos– there’s options for Yoga, Aerobics, and so much more!
Stress and anxiety take residence in your brain, so take some time out from wedding planning to calm your mind. There are countless benefits to meditation, and among them are reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Having trouble staying sane among the mile-long list of wedding tasks? Take a time out and do a 10 minute breathing or mindfulness exercise. Check out apps like Headspace or Calm for a free trial, or listen to some Zen Music on Youtube or Spotify and zone out. You may even find answers to your most-plaguing wedding dilemmas when you go within and search for answers.
Get Your Gut Right
According to research, there are major links between gut health and stress, so making sure your system is in balance is one way to keep bad energy at bay. Make sure you’re taking a daily probiotic to keep you regular and fight bloat. Drinking Kombucha is another great way to balance your gut biome. Some of our favorite Kombucha is by Suja Juice, which offers great organic kombucha in a variety of flavors that are not only tasty, but help to kill bloat. Plus, their kombucha features functional adaptogens – herbs such as ashwagandha, schizandra, reishi, and moringa – have been known to help reduce stress, inflammation and fatigue by keeping hormones balanced and improving our body’s natural ability to adapt to everyday stressors.
Sweat it Out
If regular exercise is already part of your routine, you can kick your wellness up a notch by sweating out your stress in an Infrared Sauna. Studios like HotBox in LA offer sauna sessions where you can relax and unwind while doing your body some major good. The infrared sauna heats your body from the inside out, allowing you to sweat for longer, and giving you a more gentle and soothing sauna experience. Sweating for longer provides higher detoxification, gives your skin a healthy glow and higher elasticity, and can even clean your pores and reduce wrinkles– all while relaxing in style. Did we mention that you can also burn up to 600 calories per hour? Sweating in an infrared sauna is a great addition to your wellness and exercise routine. If you try HotBox, you can also get the benefits of Chromatherapy– where your sauna room will be lighted with the hue of your choice and you can experience the healing power of color. At HotBox, you can sweat by yourself in a private studio or sweat with a friend– could be a great bonding activity to indulge in with your maid-of-honor!
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are like magic. You can combine a variety of essences to create a blend for every mood. Some benefits of essential oils include easing feelings of anxiety, stress, tension and irritability. They can also help fend off colds and seasonal illnesses. These oils can be applied topically to your skin or even released into the air with a diffuser. Get yourself a diffuser and a set of essential oils to infuse your room with calming scents. Let the soothing aromas surround you when you go to sleep at night or during a meditation session to fully experience the effects.
Cut Back on Sugar
Sugar cravings are common for many brides when feeling stressed, but saying sayonara to sugar can actually help keep stress at bay. While sugar tastes amazing and can give you a momentary dose of happiness, it actually breaks down the collagen and elastin in the body which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. (Not to mention, too many sweets can leave you feeling a little puffy.) Try sticking to all-natural sweets like fruit when your sweet tooth is acting up.
Get Yourself Off
Yep… we’re talking about orgasms, ladies. Whether you’re getting busy with your partner or by yourself, having an orgasm can relieve so much stress. Plus, when you know how to get yourself off, it makes it easier to tell your partner what you like and how to get you there. So don’t be shy– spend some time getting romantic with yourself. Put on your favorite slow jams, light your favorite candle, and go to town! Perhaps you’d like to invest in a new pocket rocket like the Tango by We Vibe (great for travel, solo play or during sex with your partner.) While you're at it, stock up on some of our favorite organic personal lubricant from Woo for Play– it's amazing.
How are you choosing to destress while wedding planning?