When you’re planning your wedding, it’s one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re always meeting with wedding planners and venue representatives, and you’ve spent hours scrolling through Pinterest, looking for the perfect wedding dress and jewelry to match. You’ve put together a budget so that you don’t end up getting too deep into debt, and you’ve even sat down with your partner to plan what you’ll be dealing with on a monthly basis. But lately, you’ve been worrying about your health. When you’re busy and stressed, it’s easy to lose track of time spent at the gym or time you had scheduled to relax and decompress after work.
But being healthy is important. Not only because you want to look good on your wedding day, but because you want to feel good, too. And this is hugely important not only your big day but every day. So if you want to commit to being healthy, even when you’re super-busy and planning your wedding, here’s how.
Identify your stressors
One of the most important things you need to do when you’re first working on being healthy is understanding what stresses you out. In our everyday lives, we’re already stressed a lot of the time, but when you’re planning a big event like a wedding, the stress is going to heighten significantly. In the same way that a business leader is going to get stressed in the days before they open their first brick-and-mortar store, designing the right logo and sending out the right press releases, you’ve got lots of stressful things to think about now.
For example, if one of your big stressors is worrying about what makes other people happy, leave those kinds of wedding details to your future spouse or maid of honor. When it comes to organizing seating arrangements, and deciding what language to use for the invitations, don’t worry about that. That way, you won’t have to decompress later by overeating or drinking too much alcohol, or engaging in other unhealthy behavior. Considering that 73 percent of working adults in the US aged 20 to 64 report at least some level of stress, it’s good to know how to tackle it best.
Make time for exercise and relaxation
In the months leading up to your wedding, it’s hard to make time for anything. You’ll have less time than you used to for drinks with your friends, and date nights will be replaced by wedding-planning nights. So if your social life is suffering, you can only imagine how much harder it’ll be to make time for exercise. Suddenly, waking up an hour before work to make time for a run or a trip to the gym seems almost impossible. And yoga in the evening to wind down–how is that even possible when you have so many worries going through your mind?
But you need to make time. It’s all about getting creative. If you have a meeting with a wedding planner, why not suggest a meeting place that’s half an hour walk from your house? That way, you can get some exercise. Or delegate something to your maid of honor or mother so that you have time to go to the gym two times a week. Only 23 percent of US adults get the exercise they’re supposed to, and you want to be part of that 23 percent.
When it comes to relaxing, be sure to schedule it on the calendar. Otherwise, it’s too easy to stay up an extra twenty minutes figuring out whether Aunt Elizabeth would be okay sitting at the same table as Aunt Georgina. Additionally, hold yourself accountable by having an exercise and relaxation partner. Because you’re getting married and it’s important to you, someone close to you will agree to it.
Plan your meals and be prepared on the go
Finally, one of the biggest health risks of a busy lifestyle is eating the wrong foods. So you want to avoid this. The best way is to plan meals and cook in bulk a couple of days a week so that you always have leftovers in the fridge at home and work when you’re short on cooking time. Take turns with your future spouse so that it doesn’t feel like too much. And don’t forget to pack protein bars in your purse–that way, if you’re busy and on the go, you still don’t have an excuse for unhealthy eating.
The US has one of the highest adult obesity rates in the world, so you have to do what you can to stay healthy. These are some of the best ways to stay healthy before your wedding. What other strategies do you use to stay healthy?