You’ve made it to the final stretch! Only 14 days until you and your lovebird tie the knot. Whether or not you’ve been Miss Organized, your nerves are probably kicking in. That said, this is the perfect time for self-care. So before you begin your happily ever after, don’t forget to add a little me-time to wedding checklist.
Here are five tips to help you do just that:
- Team-Up & Tone-Up with a Friend
Skip the crash-diets and cleanses. This is the time to be good to your body. Grab one of your bridesmaids, and start a two-week health pact. You’ll each be accountable for what you eat and drink and how much you exercise. Eat fruits, veggies and lean meat. Cut out the sweets, dense carbs and alcohol. Stay hydrated and work out five times a week. Starting a journal will help you stay on track. It’ll also capture your most treasured moments. And while It may sound tough, an encouraging accountability partner makes it easier. Plus, you’ll look and feel fabulous on your big day.
- Naturally Brighten Your Smile
Whether it’s for pictures or out of sheer happiness, there’s no doubt you’ll be flashing those pearly whites on your wedding day. We know how crucial coffee is right now, but don’t worry, you can still get a naturally white smile with a natural whitening toothpaste called Luminous White®.
It’s safe for everyday use (which means you can raise a cold glass of bubbly), and it helps prevents plaque and tartar build-up. Start brushing now and you’ll see a difference in just two weeks – especially in those future, frame-worthy photos.
- Press Pause & Meditate
Wedding planning can be stressful for any bride-to-be. But meditation can help melt away the mind-racing anxiety before, and even during, the wedding. It can calm your thoughts, and studies have shown that it can help with better sleep, weight loss and blood pressure.
It’s holistically beneficial and can do it anywhere – even between a final dress fitting and vendor check-in. Just take ten minutes out of every day, close your eyes and get quiet with yourself. You can find helpful guided meditations with apps like Head Space. Overall, it’s a great way to keep those tiny wedding details in perspective.
- Have a Personal Dress Rehearsal
Did you pick out your accessories? Have you broken-in your shoes? And is the dress ready, yet? Make sure all your stars are aligned by scheduling your hair and make up trials on the same day. This will help you fine-tune your entire look. And when everything comes together seamlessly, just step in front of the mirror and gasp (or cry!) – that’s when you’ll know you’re ready to strut your stuff down the aisle.
- Create A Sleep Schedule
Ask any bride, they probably didn’t get much sleep the night before their wedding. The flowers, the rehearsal dinner, the honeymoon – your mind is racing! Creating a sleep schedule is one surefire way to get adequate shut-eye before your big day. Start by picking a bed time and a wake-up time you can stick to (no cheating on weekends!). Reserve about an hour before bed to wind down. Whether it’s listening to calming music, reading a book or journaling, take a moment to relax. And don’t forget to set aside your electronics.
The night before the wedding, do what you can to get a good night’s sleep. If it’s spending the night at your parent’s house, do it. Or if it’s booking a night alone at a hotel, do that. The point is to get some shut-eye so that you feel rested and refreshed on your big day.