The Ultimate Self-Care Guide Leading Up To Your Big Day
We know weddings can be stressful for the people involved in planning them. Often, there is one person in the relationship who ends up taking on most of the planning duties. Whether you’re coordinating with a wedding planner or doing it all yourself, the days leading up to your happy day are probably filled with a lot of organizing, phone calls, and overall just plain stress.
When things get overwhelming and hectic, it’s important to step back and remember to care for your well-being, both physically and mentally. We’ve put together some guiding tips to not only manage the stress but make sure you’re absolutely glowing on your big day!
Rest and Unwind.
Prioritize time to unwind after a long day of working or planning! There are so many ways to slow down and let go of the day. choose your favourite - whether it’s meditating, going for a walk, having a warm bath, doing some yoga, or just taking a nap. As a bride, getting enough beauty sleep is essential. Sleep curbs stress by regulating the hormone cortisol. Sleep, even just a short 30-minute or 1-hour nap, will help you feel more prepared to take on the next day and escape the stress of wedding planning. Think of it as a spa day for your insides!
Get That Glow.
If you want to truly glow on your big day, you need to have a solid skincare routine! We all know pre-wedding stress can take a toll on your mental wellbeing, but did you also know it can affect your skin health? Make sure you use a skin care regimen that you know and trust. Oil-based cleansers and soaps are gentle on your skin’s microbiome and help prevent dryness and breakouts from irritation that follows stripped skin. If you plan on changing your skincare regiment before the wedding, make sure you try out your new products AT LEAST 4-6 weeks before the big day. That way, if you have any adverse reactions, you can make sure they clear up ahead of time. Continue using a skin routine with products that work for you in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and don’t try something new. Our Charcoal Olive Oil Soap Bar is the at-home facial bar we love and trust. It’s a powerful exfoliant with a gentle touch. The charcoal pulls toxins and dirt from your skin, while our hero ingredient-olive oil-operates as the base, ensuring that your microbiome stays intact and your skin won’t dry out. Use your nighttime skincare routine as that special “me-time” away from the world to slough off the day's stressors and wind down before bed.
Eat Well to Be Well.
Fuel your body with clean foods and lots of water in order to look and feel your best on your big day. Keeping your body hydrated will keep your skin radiant and keep your energy balanced, so you can take on whatever last-minute hiccups occur. This doesn’t mean you have to eat salads for every meal, but instead trade healthy eating habits where for less-than-healthy ones that might’ve set up camp before. Avoid skipping breakfast, or try eating more veggies. Start your day with a soothing infused tea, such as thyme or sage tea, paired with a healthy breakfast. Enjoy something that's easy on the stomach, settling any butterflies you’re feeling, and is enough to help you take on the busy day ahead.
Our final tip is to prioritize your mental well-being by shifting your mindset. Act as if the self-care activities mentioned above are mandatory wedding appointments that you cannot miss. This way, you’ll make sure to give yourself what you need before the day closes out. You can also make tedious tasks joyful by incorporating self-care throughout your day. For example, you can listen to a mood-boosting podcast while drying your hair or doing your makeup in the morning- get yourself going with a positive perspective for a productive day ahead. Maybe as you review the final guest list of attendees, have it printed out and go over it on the treadmill to get in those extra steps while accomplishing work!
Do whatever re-centers you so that you feel refreshed and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. Try to always include some sort of self-care throughout your day, no matter how small the action may be.
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About the Author: Dana Masamra worked with Sitti Social Enterprise as a Communications Assistant during the 2022 summer. She is of Palestinian descent and ethnicity and was born in Jordan but lives in Canada. Her career is based on journalism and digital content creation.
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