Getting married is such an exciting time in your life. You can’t wait for your big day, when you see your future husband at the end of the aisle, waiting for you to commit himself to you forever. Both of you have been so busy choosing the perfect design for the bridesmaid dress and finding the right band to play at your reception. Most of the time it’s fun, but you’ve noticed something: both of you haven’t been as healthy as you used to be. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with clinking champagne glasses with family and friends to celebrate, but if it gets to be something you do every night, you might not fit into your wedding dress, and he might not look the best in his tux.
But health isn’t just about looking good. It’s about feeling good, too, and treating yourselves as best you can during a time that’s exciting but also stressful. So if you’re ready to get healthy, even with a crazy schedule, read on.
1. Remember to relax
These days, you can probably barely remember the last time you relaxed. Sure, you might have time for a quick twenty minutes of watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at the end of the night, but is that enough? Chances are, your mind is constantly filled with wedding-related worries, from figuring out what cake you both want to agreeing on the venue. If you find yourself arguing a lot with your future hubby, then you probably both need a breather.
The best way to remember to relax is to physically schedule it into your calendar. In the same way you’re making appointments with the wedding planner, make appointments with yourself at least once a week to do something you love. Whether that’s going for a hike in the mountains or spending a day at the spa, you’ll be grateful for the relaxation time. Plan some outings alone, and some with your fiancé, too. There’s a reason why the health and spa industry had a revenue of $16.8 billion in 2016--and that’s because it’s worth it.
2. Know your stressors
If you’re having trouble relaxing, no matter what you’re doing, it’s possible that there’s an underlying cause of stress that you aren’t pinpointing. It’s not just that you’re busy; it’s something else. And chances are that, if you sit down with your future partner, you’ll be able to discover what it is together. It could be money, or it could be fear about marriage (even though you both love each other, it’s natural). It could be something as simple as him thinking you aren’t listening enough to his decisions when it comes to the wedding. But once you’ve talked, you’ll know what’s going on--and you can address the issue.
There’s something liberating about the truth. If you aren’t sure how to get to it, follow this advice from Very Well Mind: “Begin managing your stressors today by identifying the things that cause you stress in ‘real time,’ that is, become aware of how you feel throughout the day by paying attention to your body as well as your mind. If there's something that you dread in your life, begin to think why troubleshoot what you can, and develop habits to build resilience when you can't arrange things as you'd prefer them.”
Just remember, you’re in this together--and lowering your stress levels is ultimately beneficial for your health. 45 percent of teens feel stressed all the time, and you’re lucky you’re adults who can find healthy ways to understand what causes these difficulties.
3. Eat at home--and exercise
Finally, one of the best ways to face your health head-on is by following the standard regimen of eating well and exercising when you have the chance. Sure, sometimes you have to try caterers’ food, and there’s nothing as fun as trying the cakes you might get. But generally speaking, you’ll want to hold off on overeating and drinking too much. Eat at home as much as you can. Not only will this give you more control over you and your future hubby’s eating habits, but it’ll also save you some money, which is always a good thing when a wedding’s coming up!
Additionally, don’t forget to exercise. Just like with relaxing, the best thing you can do is schedule three times a week at least to exercise. Join a gym, or go swimming, or go for a bike ride. Do it together so that you’ll feel like you’re both working hard for the same thing. You’ll feel closer than ever! 27.5 percent of Americans are inactive, so don’t be part of that number.
These are some of the best ways for you and your fiancé to stay healthy in the months leading up to your wedding. What other tips do you have for staying healthy when times are busy?