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Wedding Prep: The Bride’s Guide to Self-Care

There are few times in life more exciting than being a bride! This time is about you, your soon-to-be spouse, and celebrating the beautiful love you’ve found in each other by putting together a memorable day to share with friends and family.

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Between finding the most entertaining DJ for your budget, searching Instagram for your favourite photographer, and choosing the perfect dinner menu, many brides forget to make a plan to take care of themselves before the wedding.

Putting your health first is not only important during the busy and stressful days of wedding planning, but it’s also important for the rest of your life. When we take the time to practice self-care, we become better friends, spouses, parents, and healthier, more positive people. Now is the time to develop a self-care routine that you can take with you long after your wedding day. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a self-care guide for the soon-to-be bride!

Mental Health

Perhaps the most important aspect of self-care is mental health. When we don’t feel good mentally it tends to show in our personality and relationships with others. Give yourself permission to take a mental health day when you need it. It also helps to take just five minutes a day to meditate with a guided meditation video or try using a breathing or mindfulness app.

Also, don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a nice massage or facial before your wedding. Not only will this help you release some of that stress and anxiety, but it’ll also help you look your best when all eyes are on you. The Runnymede on Thames offers a wide range of treatments using leading beauty brands ESPA and Guinot – the perfect way to relax and unwind from wedding-planning stress!

Physical Health

Physical health has a huge impact on how you feel on the inside as well. When you give time and attention to your physical health, your mental health also gets a boost, which means you’ll feel better on your special day! There are two main factors to consider when focusing on your physical health: diet and exercise.

If you’ve never given much thought to the foods you’re currently eating, there’s a chance that your diet could be the culprit for any acne breakouts, weight gain, stress, anxiety, bloat, and brain-fog you may be experiencing– which is totally not helpful leading up to one of the biggest days of your life! With so much going on, consider joining a customisable weight loss program with a supportive community to help keep you on track while you’re learning to live a healthier lifestyle.

Supportive communities make a world of difference when starting a new exercise routine as well. Your exercise routine doesn’t have to go out of the window if you’re taking some time out ahead of the big day either. Group fitness classes, including yoga, step and sculpt, zumba and pilates, run 7 days a week at The Runnymede on Thames and are included when you stay. Combining thoughtful eating with increased exercise is a recipe for overall health and happiness, especially in the months leading up to your wedding day!

Skin

Like our hair, our skin is directly affected by diet and stress. For clear, glowing skin on your wedding day and beyond, follow the tips listed above and get in the habit of moisturising daily with an oil-free, SPF-infused lotion. It’s important to understand your skin type too which you can learn using this handy guide from ESPA Skincare. Even if you have naturally oily skin, it’s important to moisturise daily to keep your skin glowing and healthy. Boost your efforts with one of our relaxing and rejuvenating facials!

The same foods and supplements that promote hair growth also promote clear, youthful skin, so in the months leading up to your wedding, incorporate the previously mentioned supplements into your diet along with plenty of extra water!

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