The morning of your wedding day is supposed to be a time of excitement & jubilation. But with cameras in your face, bridesmaids running in and out of your bedroom or hotel suite, and a future mother-in-law criticizing your hair and makeup choices, the entire day can start off feeling more like a stressful occasion. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed and consider trying one of the Ways to De-Stress on Your Wedding Day.
Just Let It Out
Sometimes just finding somewhere quiet to sit like on the floor, a pillow, or on a chair and just take a few deep breaths through your nose and then let out a few big sighs. As you exhale, open your mouth and sigh your breath out, relaxing your mouth and your jaw as you do so. So so a few times and each time let the sighs be a little louder.
Eat Breakfast, Even If You’re Not Hungry
It’s a long day, so you might have too many butterflies in your stomach to even consider eating breakfast. It’s essential to have something healthy in your body to prepare you for your big day ahead. Food really does impact your behavior and emotions. Even a simple snack will help to put you into a more positive, stress-free state with extra energy to get you through the day.
Turn to Aromatherapy
When you add essential oils to slow and deep breathing, it helps stress just melts away. You can do this while you get your hair or makeup done. Pick one of your favorite essential oil scents such as lavender, Roman chamomile, orange, or rose for maximum stress relief. You can choose a calming roll-on oil blend and apply it to the palms of your hands. Rub them together to warm, cup your hands over your nose and mouth, and take a deep breath. Hold your breath for a count of three, then release slowly. You can also use a dropper bottle in the shower. Just drop a few drops of, for example, lavender on the shower floor. Turn on very hot water for a few seconds and adjust to the appropriate temperature. This turn into an aromatherapeutic session. Do this before you go into hair and makeup and you’ll feel relaxed and ready for your big day.
Do Stretching Exercises
Stretching before getting ready will do wonders for your stress levels. Slow down and take some time for yourself is exactly what you need before you start your big day. A nice relaxed stretching session will increase blood circulation and allow your muscles to relax and get endorphin filled blood to your brain. This will elevate your mood. You’re also likely to breathe deeper while stretching, which will lower your heart rate, stabilize your blood pressure, and lessen any anxiety you may feel! Even a quick 10-minute stretch will help you be more present and enjoy the magical day you’ve planned.
Massage Your Face
Stress can have a visible reaction on your face. When you’re stressed out, the sympathetic nervous system increases the heart rate, changes the salt balance in the body, and even affects your posture. Our friends at bride.com say, shoulders rotate forward, which tightens your upper chest muscle, and decreases circulation and the flow of lymph drainage to your face. This can make your face look puffy. Since you don’t want to walk down the aisle with a puffy face, try a few at-home face massages. It will instantly reduce swelling. Though this can be done with your normal skincare products. Place your palm in the middle of your eyebrows and apply pressure. Hold for five seconds, then release pressure in an upward motion up to the hairline. Repeat this motion two more times, once in the middle of the forehead and once at the hairline. Then do the same at your temples. Use both palms to apply pressure on both temples for five seconds, and repeat two to three times. To help contour your cheeks and reduce swelling use your thumb, find the pressure point located right under the highest point of the middle of your cheek. With both thumbs, apply even pressure upward and into the cheekbone then hold for a few seconds. Lastly, place your hands under your ears and gently glide down to your neck to further drain the lymphs and release tightness and stress. Also consider a simple 30 minute full body message by a professional masseuse to start your day relaxed & stress relieved.
Release Good Vibes from the Get Go
One of the best ways to relax on the morning of your wedding and ensure you’ll have a good day is to simply manifest it. Start off by setting some intentions and expressing gratitude for the wonderful day ahead to create positive vibes. The entire day will be a whirlwind so possibly get your hands on a crystal and keep it on you the day of your wedding. Find crystals that give a calming effect and is known for helping relax the mind. You can even tuck it into your bra. Crystals like amethyst, lithium quartz, and lepidolite all have a good reputation for reducing anxiety, calming frayed nerves, and releasing tension.