No-one is advocating that you start popping pills or downing quick tots of brandy on the quiet. It’s a wedding and manage you will. Countless brides have had to cope before you, and a little bit of stress won’t kill you.
But how much more might you enjoy the day, if you managed at least a semblance of tranquillity or peacefulness, and didn’t snap at a valued member of your bridal party in the throws of making your day perfect. If you think you need a little ‘help’ on the day, and in the days leading up to your wedding, there are natural stress relievers you can use.
- Bach Rescue Remedy
- Lavender essential oil – dab it on almost everything (it has a calming effect)
- Herbs like Siberian ginseng, ashwaganda, st john’s wort or kava kava, or even better valerian (works like a charm for exams too but can make you sleepy)
- Drink camomile or passionflower tea (this is not the time for coffee)
- Stay away from refined carbohydrates and sugar and rather eat protein as it stablises blood sugar and prevents mood swings and fatigue – beans, legumes, nut butters, eggs, organic turkey
- Eat foods high in L-Tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body release serotonin (the feel good hormone) – turkey, soy products, fish, free-range chicken or lamb, spinach, broccoli, butternut, beans and other legumes, eggs, avos and bananas
- Eat foods high in Vit B – green, leafy veg (lots of them), peppers, butternut, banana, carrots, sweet potato, mushrooms, onions, cabbage, seaweed etc., wholemeal grains (although it is better to stay away from carbohydrates), some meats (organic or free range) and cheese
- Take Omega 3 supplements – they help prevent anxiety and depression
- Massage, shiatsu, reflexology – any body work that soothes
- Art therapy, working with clay will eleviate stress
- Breath work – breathing correctly is central to yoga, qi gong, tai chi and other disciplines; poor breathing reduces the amount of energy your body makes; not enough oxygen creates feelings of anxiety, panic attacks etc.
- Meditation – meditation is used to help medical patients find relief from chronic pain and stress; a technique developed over thousands of years that brings greater insight, clarity and a sense of centredness
Happy Wedding Planning!