“Wedding Planning Marries Wellness”
Prioritizing yourself can look different ways for different people. And much like with everything in life there is no one-size-fits-all. However, what does apply to ALL of us is we need sleep to function and to prioritize ourselves before trying to care of others. Brides have a tendency to always want to put everyone else on their guest list before them. I beg to differ!
So, when you find yourself eyes wide open in the middle of the night thinking of your wedding budget, and instead of counting sheep to fall back asleep you are stuck counting pennies…. we need to have a serious chat!
Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you awake. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and fight off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This can alter your ability to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories.
Most adults require between an average of 8 hours per nightly sleep. Work schedules, day-to-day general life stressors and when topped off with wedding planning pressures can prevent us from receiving enough sleep. Adults who do not receive a sufficient amount of sleep each night can implement some simple positive lifestyle habits in order to log the needed zzzz’s. Popular suggestions include the following:
- Establish a realistic bedtime and stick to it every night, try to even do so on weekends.
- Maintain comfortable room temperature settings and low light levels in your bedroom.
- Make sure you have a comfortable sleep environment, including pillows, sheets and a mattress.
- Consider a “screen ban” on televisions, computers and tablets, cell phones, and other electronic devices in your bedroom. I refer to this a wedding free zone!
- Abstain from caffeine, alcohol, and large meals in the hours leading up to bedtime.
- Refrain from using tobacco at any time of day or night.
- Exercise during the day; this can help you wind down in the evening and prepare for pure rest.
Maintaining your sleep and sanity while planning a wedding can also be achieved by simply introducing meditation into your nightly routine. I am a big fan of the calm and headspace apps. I also love my sound machine and essential oil diffuser. If you have a pet that sleeps close to you just make sure you are using a safe oil for them when diffusing.
Journaling is my personal go to for releasing any stress at the end of a day before bed. When you get it out of your head and on to paper it declutters the brain.
Reading a book before bed (not a wedding magazine) also helps to transport you out of your current state, travel guides are great for taking you on a journey elsewhere.
Healthy drinking before bedtime could also help you enjoy a more restful night. Your mother likely knew what she was doing when she sent you to bed with a glass of milk, a range of other delicious beverages could help you if you struggle to find peaceful rest at night. Try one of these to improve your restful time.
Almond Milk | Taking a step away from the classic bedtime solution, almond milk could be a fantastic sleep-inducing alternative. According to studies, the presence of serotonin in the brain can help to initiate sleep. Healthy serotonin levels in our central nervous system often depend on the presence of tryptophan, which is naturally found in both cow’s milk and almond milk. Almond milk is also particularly high in magnesium, which is another important nutrient that can improve sleep quality.
Decaf Green Tea | Green tea is generating a lot of interest in the modern world today thanks to its ability to promote weight loss. However, if you remove the caffeine boost from green tea, it has sleep-inducing benefits, too. Green tea contains the amino acid known as theanine, which has been a proven way to reduce stress and promote more restful sleeping patterns. While the high caffeine levels of regular green tea cancel out those benefits when you are starting your morning, decaffeinated options can be perfect for bedtime.
Chamomile Tea | Chamomile tea, like warm milk, is another more traditional option in the world of natural sleeping solutions. Experts have recommended the use of chamomile for years as an aid for those who suffer from insomnia. Often, this tea is very calming and soothing — as well as being caffeine-free. Sometimes, people will pair their chamomile tea with other natural remedies, such as magnesium supplements, to help enhance the effects.
Herbal Tea with Lemon Balm | The last of the tea-based suggestions is just about any caffeine-free herbal tea. When mixed with lemon balm, herbal teas can make a perfect sleep aid for anyone seeking a natural way to drift off. Lemon balm, which is also known as balm mint in some areas, is a fantastic option for busting stress, fighting off insomnia, and promoting healthy sleep. To make the best herbal tea, start by washing about 10 lemon balm leaves and adding them to your teapot with boiling water. Let the lot steep for about five minutes before adding a spoonful of honey and drinking it while it’s hot.
Pure Coconut Water | Coconut water might be a surprising addition to this list, as it’s often used as an energy-boosting beverage. However, the truth is that coconut water is brimming with ingredients that can help you sleep better, such as magnesium and potassium, which help to relax muscles. This drink is also full of vitamin B, which is known for helping to reduce stress levels.
Banana Smoothies | Another fruit-based sleep-assisting option is a banana smoothie, which can be made quite easily before bedtime and is fantastic for promoting healthy sleep patterns. All you need is to blend a small banana with some almond butter and milk for a delicious smoothie. Not only will this healthy beverage help you fight off midnight snack cravings, but it also contains plenty of magnesium and potassium to promote muscle relaxation.
While none of the drinks listed above are guaranteed to knock you out in seconds, they do possess some great natural qualities that can help you wind down and switch off after a stress filled day. Combined with other sleeping advice, these drinks might be just the remedy you need to fight off wedding insomnia.
In my retreats for Brides to Be we cover all of these practices in much further depth. We share 3 nights and 4 days of ways to ensure you enjoy your entire planning process without stress or struggle. Our next in person retreat will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on October 14-17, 2021 at The Belle Air Mansion. Space is limited at 20, pricing is $3,999 USD per person.
If you have any wedding planning questions you are invited to join me weekly live at 10am EST on Facebook at Leftovercakechat. I chat everything weddings while eating cake and on occasion drinking champagne in my pjs! Cheers to you and a happy and healthy wedding planning journey!
Kristin Sullivan | Wedding & Wellness Coach | Chief Celebration Officer @Swivel Group Events Creator of The Bridal Retreat + idoin30 wedding & wellness planning deck + a wedding journal + hipbetty