10 Tips to Relax and Unwind
The road to the aisle can be a crazy one. Some days it’s filled with elation and happiness, other days it’s a little, um, trying on your nerves. Here are 10 suggestions for what to do when stress takes its toll.
Get a Massage
Massage is the perfect way to relieve tension. Why not try a technique you’ve never experienced before? Consider Thai, Hawaiian or a good remedial massage to iron out the tension. Don’t forget to drink lots of water on the day of your treatment; toxins are released during a massage and water helps flush them out of your system.
Take a Yoga Class
Or better yet, sign up for a package of yoga classes a month or two before your wedding. If you’ve never taken yoga before, choose a beginner class: The breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and postures will have you totally centered by the time you hear wedding bells. If you don’t have time for class, or if one isn’t offered in your area, try a yoga DVD.
Soak in the Tub
A nice, hot bath will relax your muscles and your mind. For optimal stress-quenching results, add a bath salt that’ll moisturise your skin and help you loosen up with a soothing scent. As long as you’re lying around in warm water, use a pumice on your feet and a loofah on your knees and elbows for extra polish. You’ll step out of the tub feeling completely refreshed.
When you need to clear your mind, there’s nothing like getting a breath of fresh air — literally! Take a brisk walk or jog outside — maybe some music, no mobile phone, just you. You don’t have to get off the beaten path. Even a circuit around your neighborhood will work. Tune out what’s going on around you (but still watch out for traffic!) and concentrate on the rhythm of your strides. You’ll find yourself feeling pretty Zen in no time.
Read a Book
There’s no better time to be engrossed in a page-turner than the few months before the wedding day. A good book can take you to another world for a while and give your scattered brain a rest. Why not read a novel that takes place where you are headed on your honeymoon for an excellent sneak preview?
Hit the Spa
Find a spa in your area that offers a day package (some even offer special bridal packages), sign up for treatments that you love or have never tried before, and enjoy a day of total relaxing indulgence. If you’ve never had a facial before, book your appointment at least two to three months before your wedding day (you never know how your skin will react, and the day of your wedding is not the time to find out). A regular facial regime will leave your skin positively radiant.
Have Some H2O
When you’re feeling swamped, it’s totally natural to go for a caffeine fix. But coffee, soft drinks, and energy drinks don’t just jack you up — they also dehydrate you, leaving you feeling even more worn out when the buzz wears off and you come crashing down later. Grab some water instead. If you’re properly hydrated, you’ll feel better overall — less fatigued, fewer aches and pains, plus your skin will glow. For a soothing sip, make yourself a spa-style pitcher: flavour ice water with slices of orange, lemon, or lime.
Even though you’ll be celebrating with everyone soon, don’t be stingy with the long-distance bill. Keep calling friends and family. In the weeks before your wedding, talking with the folks you love most will keep you feeling connected and sane.
Start a Journal
The ideas and dreams racing through your mind right now are ones that you won’t ever want to forget. There are books specially targeted to guide you and your partner with pages that prompt you to document everything from how you met to your shared future goals. But starting with a blank book is also wonderful and will encourage you to write in a stream-of-consciousness style.
Call In Sick
As naughty as it may seem, you deserve it. Take a day of annual leave and use the day to get ahead on wedding planning that you’ve been putting off, or use it to just pamper yourself (see 1 to 9 above).
Resource: Kristen Haines, owner of Euphoria Spa in New York City EuphoriaSpaNYC.com