8 Ways To Reduce Pre-Wedding Stress
By Kathy Boyd-McLaughlin
As their wedding day approaches, many brides start feeling
anxious and nervous. They start to think that they will
never get rid of the knots in their stomachs and that they
will end up fainting in front of all their guests. To help
rid yourself of these stresses and to help fight that nauseating
feeling as you walk down the aisle, here are some tips:
Start walking! That's right. Take a brisk
walk around the block, up the street, wherever. The more
energy you use, the more stress you rid yourself of (and
it helps to tone your legs and build your cardiovascular
system so that you can dance all night long at your reception!)
Take a few moments each day, preferably
at night before going to sleep, and do breathing exercises.
Yes, the same ones moms do when they are in delivery.
Why? Because breathing deeply, in a rhythmic fashion,
exhaling slowly, helps to relax your mind, body and nervous
system and it slows down the adrenaline flow. Take these
minutes to think only of relaxing and how good you will
feel tomorrow. Many experts say to "go to a happy
place" in your mind.
Start drinking more water instead of
caffeine and sugar loaded liquids. Reduce salt intake.
Caffeine, sugar and salt, cause chemical reactions to
your nervous system by making you jumpy, nervous and high-strung.
Salt or sodium, also helps your body retain water, causing
that bloating, puffed up feeling.
Laughing and singing are great ways to
reduce the stress.
Another stress reducer is to stretch
your muscles out. Do leg and arm stretches to help tone
and to remove built up tensions in your muscles. Head
and neck rolls can do wonders while sitting all day in
Dim the lights in the bathroom and take
a nice, hot bath. Use candles if you prefer.
One glass of wine can help you to relax,
but don't over do it.
If you prefer, that old home remedy of
warm milk will do it every time!
Kathy Boyd-McLaughlin ( Kmcdreams@aol.com ) has been helping
brides plan their weddings for over 18 years.
She was owner of "Dreams Made Real" Bridal Consultants
and was certified by Weddings Beautiful, Inc.
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