Your wedding day is finally here! You have been waiting years, months, days (in Khloe Kardashian’s case). You have poured your heart and soul into this day. You have tweaked every fine detail, but you did not plan for this. Your chest is tight, your stomach is fluttering, your breath may be as short as your temper, you hardly slept at all last night, and your heart feels as though it is about to give out. First: take a deep breath, and know that this reaction is normal. (As is the possibility that you’re NOT feeling this way. In that case, we’re jealous, and you need to be giving us advice.)
So, what can you do to help diminish these stomach twisting anxieties? Here are a few ideas to help you de-stress on the morning of your wedding.
Exercise allows the brain to release certain neurotransmitters that help alleviate pain, both physical and mental. These neurotransmitters are called endorphins and produce the same feelings as excitement, love, pleasure, and consumption of spicy food. So, if you like any of those things, you might want to give this a try.
Get your bridesmaids together and go for a morning bike ride or jog. Grab a laptop, head outside, and find a good yoga video on YouTube. Imagine how fun outdoor yoga with your girls would be for a destination wedding!
The last thing you want is shaky hands from nerves on top of shaky hands due to low blood sugar. Keep with simple sugars, high protein, and no caffeine. Think: eggs, an apple, and a cup of passion flower tea. Passion flower has anxiety ridding properties that can give off the same effect as anti-anxiety medications. Check it with good ol’ Dr. Oz.
3) Listen to your playlist
Listening to music has the same effect on the brain as drugs, sex, and gambling (without all of the bad parts). When you listen to a song that you enjoy your brain rewards yourself with the release of the feel good chemical dopamine.
Or, you could just dance it out! I am a daughter of 4, second oldest. When my older sister married a few years ago, us bridesmaids and sisters rented a cottage on the beach to stay in the night before her wedding. Waking up to the sunrise over the South Florida waters was indeed relaxing, but we decided to kick it up a notch by incorporating exercise and music with a 5:30am dance party.
What activities have you participated in on the day of a wedding? Will you be doing anything special to help keep cool on your day of?