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10 Ways to Reduce Stress Before the Dress

DietsInReview Guest Blogger, Melanie Berezan, aka Crazy Legs, is the co-founder of GirlGetStrong.com.  A restless writer, entrepreneur, traveler, and a bit of a weird wife (sorry honey!). Slightly insane mum of four cool little people who are either angels or monsters depending on the day’s medication. Proud owner of 10 terribly twisted and calloused running toes, and most of all an avid fan of fun!

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Here are 10 ways that brides can reduce stress before their big day:

1. Invest in a wedding planner.  Yes, this costs money, but it is money well spent. A good planner will coordinate the big details, take care of the little details and let you enjoy your day.

2. Think small. If you can’t afford a wedding planner then aim to keep your wedding simple, and better yet, small. Small is intimate!

3. Either way, make a plan.  Write down everything you need to do and check it off as it gets done. You will feel more in control and less stressed about forgetting something important.

4. Delegate. Delegate to your bridal party and to your family.  Family – especially parents and parents-to-be – often want to be involved, so let them.  You don’t have to let them make the major decisions, but including everyone will go a long way in starting off on the right foot!

5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This would have been especially good advice for me! Trust me, after your wedding, no one is going to remember the color of your tablecloths, but they will remember if your face was glowing… or if your under-eye bags rivaled the bride of Frankenstein!fit bride

6. Continue exercising.  Don’t let stress stop you from exercising – this is when you really need those wonderful endorphins!  Caution: now is not necessarily the time to begin exercising if you aren’t already – perhaps stick with walking or yoga and start something more strenuous after the wedding.

7. Schedule periods of relaxation.  As the time before your wedding becomes shorter, you may feel like you have too much to do to spend any time relaxing. But taking time for your self is important! Unwind with a massage or a book or however you like to chill. You’ll be glad you did!

8. Try to stick with healthy foods. This one is a biggy! During times of stress we often reach for food that is convenient and comforting and unfortunately those choices may not be the best. Try to avoid heavy carbohydrates, high fat foods and desserts. Your body – and your wedding photos – will benefit.

9. Avoid caffeine and alcohol – and I hope I needn’t mention drugs?  You want to glow in your photos, not look buzzed or dopey.

10. DON’T try anything new.  No extreme diets, no new cleanses, no face lifts – nothing your body isn’t already accustomed to. Give yourself a break – because the best time to try new things is on your honeymoon!

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May 30th, 2009

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