Everyone wants to feel their best on the big day, especially in a once-in-a-lifetime dress! Below are our 15 tips for a healthy mind, body, and spirit for yours!

 

Meditate

One of the best ways to improve your state of mind and boost your mood is to practice daily meditation.  Whether it’s three minutes or thirty minutes, meditation is not only relaxing, but it also improves memory function, attention, immune system functions,  improves sleep and helps your creative side too.

Practice Yoga

Yoga is a great practice to add to your daily routine because it works wonders for your overall health and wellbeing.  It helps you build strength, improve coordination and flexibility while calming your mind and reducing interior and exterior stress.  The best part is, you can sign up for a yoga class or try at home.

Get Outdoors

Preparing for a wedding doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors!  Try going outside daily for some fresh air and a brisk walk. If you’d rather have company, arrange a meeting with your wedding planner or one or two from your bridal party at a nearby park or hiking trail.  Being outside will definitely get your creative juices flowing and may even provide inspiration for your wedding day style.

Woman Running on Road at Sunset | Feel Your Best in the Dress | photo by Seth Macey via Unsplash | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Detox

Try a week long detox from something that is no longer serving you.  This could mean staying away from sugars and starches, taking a break from your phone, or spending some time alone to rest and recover.

Speak to Someone

A great way to help cleanse your mind is to talk to someone about what you’re going through.  Wedding planning may seem like a huge task, but you are not alone! Have an open conversation about how you feel with close friends, family or a therapist.  

 

Exercise

Try to get at least 15 to 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.  Set a time for yourself to go on a walk or hit the gym a few times a week.  If you live close to work try riding your bike to get there. Exercise is important for a healthy heart, stamina and will make you feel good, too!

Plan Your Meals

Plan your meals ahead of time so you don’t get caught having to decide on the spot what you’re going to eat.  This could lead to making unhealthy choices or getting caught in a drive-thru. When you know what you’re going to eat, you can be sure to include healthy items so you won’t give into cravings.

Fruit Smoothies | Feel Your Best in the Dress | photo by Brenda Godinez via Unsplash | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Add more plant-based foods and fruits to your meals to help prevent disease.  They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, which protect against things such as heart disease and cancer.  A general rule of thumb is between 1-1/2 cups of fruit and between 2 to 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day.  

Include a Protein

Don’t forget to eat your protein!  It can increase muscle mass and strength, and also helps keep your bones strong while reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.  Protein also helps reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease. One of the coolest things about protein is that it comes in many different forms, from meat and beans to eggs and oats.

Avoid Sugar-Filled Drinks

In order to have a healthy body, try eliminating sugar-filled drinks from your food routine.  Substituting water for soft drinks will leave you feeling much better and will give you tons of extra energy! Keep yourself hydrated by drinking and refilling your water bottle daily.

 

Fuel Your Passion

Planning for a wedding can be a very daunting and overwhelming task, and can leave many brides forgetting to take care of themselves.  Try to set aside time everyday to do what makes you happy. Don’t forget how great it feels to do what you love. Maybe that means writing, traveling, swimming or even rock climbing.  Feel your ambition and let it drive you.

Read and Learn

Take time to open your mind to new information, possibilities and interests.  Spend a day with a new book, sign up for a non-credit course or watch an interesting film to get your mind moving.

Book Tower with Twinkling Lights | Feel Your Best in the Dress | photo by To a Heftiba via Unsplash | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Be Grateful

Keep a journal that you write in each day.  Either when you wake up or before bed, write about what you are grateful for, like friends, family, pets and interesting things in your life.  Try keeping a special page for your partner, and trade compliments together.

Slow Down

During this hectic time of your love story, make sure you take time to breathe.  Slow down, step back and think about your surroundings. Appreciate all that is and all that is coming in your future together.

Laugh Often

Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!  It may seem silly, but laughter is truly the best medicine.  Laugh at those quirks you and your spouse have and let yourself be happy.

 

What are you doing to feel good in your dress?

 

Photo credit: 

Seth Macey

Brenda Gotinez

Toa Heftiba