A lot of work goes into planning a wedding. It can be easy to lose yourself in planning and minutia. The stress that comes with the big day is immense, so it is important to take some time for yourself before the day arrives. You have spent potentially months planning your wedding and the day is almost here, but before the festivities start to set aside some time to pamper yourself before your big day.
There is no doubt that planning an event as important as a wedding takes a toll. The last thing you want is to be tired and burnt out during your wedding. Taking some time to recharge so you can be at your best for your wedding is a good idea. Spending a little extra time taking care of yourself means you can better enjoy the investment you’ve made in your wedding.
Rest and Recharge How You Want
Resting looks different for each person. One person’s idea of rest might not match someone else’s version. Some people jog during a vacation while others lay by the pool. Both activities can be seen as a type of rest. Rest comes down to what makes you feel better, recharged, and renewed. If rock climbing is how you unwind, do it. If a nice bath makes you feel better, do it. Keep this in mind as you read the suggestions for pampering below.
Friends and family gather together on wedding day, but spending some time with your loved ones before the big day can be a good way to have some fun. Gather the people you want to be around and do something together. This is not a formal event and all about feeling good, so only invite people you feel will add to the experience. A casual beach day or a home-cooked meal with your loved ones can be a great way to reset before the chaos of the wedding arrives.
When you think about relaxation, you likely think of a spa. Facials, massages, manicures, and more can all be found at most day spas. If you are looking for pampering in the traditional sense, look no further than a day spa. You can enjoy spa treatments alone or with a group. Bring your bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law, or anyone else you want for some group bonding mixed with relaxation. If you are looking for some peace and quiet before the big day, head to the spa alone.
Exercise is a great way to reset and prepare for the big day. Physical exercise releases endorphins which leave you with what is commonly referred to as a “runner’s high”. After working out, you may find you feel happier and more content. Not only do endorphins make you feel better, but they also help reduce stress and anxiety. Whether you go for a hike, a swim, or take a dance class, getting your body moving is bound to leave you feeling ready for the big day.
A Day At Home
Sometimes all you need is a day at home doing something that makes you happy. Relaxing at home can be more comforting than going out for some people. Read a book, watch a movie, play a game, or do anything else that makes you feel good. You can combine the spa and a day at home by hiring a massage therapist for an in-home massage.
A relaxing night at home likely comes with a home-cooked meal and some entertainment. If you want to up the relaxation, consider adding some candles. Sit down with a nice meal, perhaps with some Netflix, and light a few candles to complete the mood. Candles are commonly passed off mere decorations, but candles can help you relax and reset before the big day.
Different scents can elicit different responses. Smells like mint, lemon, orange, and cinnamon help you stay focused and productive. Other scents are connected to memories with certain scents triggering memories and emotions. According to Psychology Today, studies indicate that smells can instantly boost your mood when you are feeling down.
Candles can also help you sleep better. In today’s modern world technology is everywhere and sometimes that technology makes it harder to sleep. Screens in phones, computers, and TVs emit blue light which delays melatonin release. Melatonin is what helps you fall asleep, so delaying its release effectively keeps you awake longer. To combat this, turn off blue light sources close to bedtime and light your room with candles instead.
It is important to unwind before the big day. You want to walk into your wedding feeling your best, so take the time to relax beforehand. Whether you hang out with friends, visit a spa, stay home, or go for a run, do something that makes you feel good before you tie the knot.